Sunday, September 21, 2008

Nobody puts Baby in the corner . . .



. . . unless you're John McCain's allegedly black baby.

On a recent People magazine cover, Bridget McCain is literally in the bottom corner of the photo, underneath every other paler member of her family. If you see the cover in a grocery store check-out line, the magazine holder blocks Bridget, and Beyoncé, from view.

Do I need to explain this one, too? Okey doke. If you're white and male, you get prominence in the top third of the cover. If you're white and female, you get the middle third. If you're a dark woman, Bangladeshi or otherwise, you're lucky to be on any cover of any American magazine at all.

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6 comments:

Irwin Handleman said...

i think, like every single other photographer in the entire world, they just arranged them by height, crazy.

Renee said...

Irwin that is quite naive of you. Clearly there is a gender and race hierarchy at play here. The way that we chose to order our world is never accidental. Racism and sexism are so ingrained in our society that often people don't realize when they are performing actions in support of isms.

Irwin Handleman said...

when you choose to view the world as you do, you will always find a conspiracy. but sometimes the conspiracy is just a matter of height. And in this case, I believe weight was involved too.

Tobes said...

Wow... I just realized that I had seen this in grocery stores and bookstores and had never ever noticed that girl.

WOW.

And Irwin needs to get a clue

Bianca Reagan said...

And Irwin needs to get a clue

I hear that, tobes.

Irwin Handleman said...

I think maybe you need to take a family photo sometime, and note how the photographer arranges you - tall people in back, fat people on the sides. This is so everyone can be seen and no one is blocked out. I know it's crazy, but that's how they do it.