Sports Illustrated called racist for using 'exotic' people in swimsuit issue
New York, Feb. 16 : The newest edition of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue is in hot water, after critics charged that the global pictorials are racist and reinforce bad stereotypes.
This year the swimsuit issue decided on a seven continents theme but instead of sticking to exotic backdrops, some of the models are featured standing next to people allegedly representing the various countries--an editorial decision that makes the "native people" tantamount to exotic props, the Huffington Post reported.
In the shot taken on a river in Guilin, Guangxi, model Anne V., who is white and blonde, sits on a raft that is piloted by an elderly Chinese man:
The second controversial shot, features Emily DiDonato in an African desert, which also includes a tribal-looking, half-naked man carrying a spear.