Saturday, May 04, 2019
A Question of Swimsuits
Here's CBS News on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition featuring a Muslim woman in what could be safely described as a swimsuit that is out of the norm for Sports Illustrated.
This is the norm.
Of course, the decision immediately prompted some humorous parallels and jabs.
The Babylon Bee noted a Baptist model.
The Onion sampled public opinion.
The whole thing strikes me as an exercise in virtue-signaling and even timidity. Would Sports Illustrated have an Amish or a Southern Baptist model? Of course not.
But wait, why not, given this precedent?
Let's get more serious and avoid stereotypes of Muslims. Would the magazine feature a Muslim woman wearing the usual skimpy swimsuits for which its issues are famous?
No. That too is highly unlikely. But wait, why not?
I will grant the magazine one thing. Its decision sparks far more interesting questions than the bizarre commercial Gillette ran about men.
Posted by Michael Wade at 4:30 AM