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Is This Photo Racist?

STEPHON JOHNSON: It comes around every year: a potentially racially-charged photo spread in a fashion magazine. But it doesn’t make Interview’s spread any less worthy of discussion.

AKIE BERMISS: Shock value — that’s all it comes down to. I don’t know anything about fashion or photography, but I do know about shock value. I do know about the social mores of the 20th and 21st centuries in America. I do know about the objectification of women and the theoretical hyper-masculinity of the black man. How one is the embodiment of purity, innocence, and beauty and the other is the paradigm of savagery, carnality, and evil. And that even when that innocence or purity is somewhat sarcastic (or, over the top, if you will) and even when that beauty is not really all that beautiful, and even when the savagery and the evil are meant to seem dangerously seductive — I know that the basic morality play is the same. This (good) versus that (bad). And who can resist so compelling a dichotomy?
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Celebrities Coming Out

AKIE BERMISS: When American celebrities come out of the closet there’s just something so disingenuous about it these days. I can probably count on one hand the number of American stars who, upon achieving fame, decided to come out in a way that seemed at all akin to the experience of gay and bisexual peoples across this nation when they come out. So when Anna Paquin’s video for the Give A Damn organization caused such a media maelstrom — because she came out as bisexual in the video — I wasn’t moved by her bravery, or shocked by her candor, or really at all interested in her as a human being.

Look, I don’t disagree with Akie’s assessment- though I am happy for any celebrity to make being homosexual or bisexual more ordinary. I think it helps.

I just had to take issue with the New York Post’s wording in their lead: Actress Anna Paquin says she’s bisexual – despite being engaged to her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, The Sun reported Thursday. Continue reading

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