Mainstream media outlets have picked up on the controversial "LeBron Kong" Vogue cover. Magazine analyst Samir Husni believes the photo was deliberately provocative, adding that it "screams King Kong." (It's Kong's 75th anniversary, interestingly.) He notes: "When you have a cover that... brings those stereotypes to the front, black man wanting white woman, it's not innocent." In the Guardian, Michael Eboda asks: "Are the critics trying too hard to find something that is not there? Or when [photographer Annie] Leibovitz peeped at James through her viewfinder did she decide to reconstruct the stereotypes of the old movie poster?" (Meanwhile, a tipster sent in a piece of WWI propaganda that also invokes the Vogue cover, click the picture to see. ) [USA Today, Guardian]

This is interesting to think about when you know how well-informed Ms. Leibovitz is about historic imagery; nothing is left to chance and everything is "inspired," and purposely so.