Is The Lebron James-Gisele Bundchen Photo Offensive?

The Annie Liebovitz cover shot of the April 2008 issue of Vogue is the subject of much idle chatter on the web these days. The cover, depicting NBA star LeBron James clutching supermodel Giselle Bundchen, is being compared to King Kong’s iconic embrace of Fay Wray. What began online is now being discussed on The Today Show. Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports asks:

”Would we be having this discussion if LeBron struck the same pose on the cover of Ebony while holding Selita Ebanks? Think about it. And if we wouldn’t be having the discussion, what does that say about us? Are we only bothered by negative images of black men when the primary/sole consumer of the image is white people?”