Controversial Magazine Cover of the Day

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Controversial Magazine Cover of the Day
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When Time magazine released its mom-breastfeeding-3-year-old cover last week, Newsweek's Tina Brown laughed and promised: "Let the games begin."

And so they have -- Newsweek released its latest cover Sunday, and the furor is directed not so much at Obama's rainbow halo but the title of Andrew Sullivan's accompanying story: "The First Gay President."

Barack Obama had to come out of a different closet. He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family. The America he grew up in had no space for a boy like him: black yet enveloped by loving whiteness, estranged from a father he longed for (another common gay experience), hurtling between being a Barry and a Barack, needing an American racial identity as he grew older but chafing also against it and over-embracing it at times. This is the gay experience: the discovery in adulthood of a community not like your own home and the struggle to belong in both places, without displacement, without alienation. It is easier today than ever. But it is never truly without emotional scar tissue. Obama learned to be black the way gays learn to be gay. And in Obama's marriage to a professional, determined, charismatic black woman, he created a kind of family he never had before, without ever leaving his real family behind. He did the hard work of integration and managed to create a space in America for people who did not have the space to be themselves before. And then as president, he constitutionally represented us all.

The comparison of Obama's struggle with racial identity to the  struggle of coming out is quite a stretch. But as Sullivan is one of the most prominent and respected gay writers in the country, his words obviously are not meant to offend. Coining Obama "the first gay president" is merely a savvy money-making move.

Meanwhile, Brown says today: "If President Clinton was the 'first black president' then Obama earns every stripe in that 'gaylo' with last week's gay marriage proclamation. Newsweek's cover pays tribute to his newly ordained place in history."

[wsj]

This Looks Shopped of the Day

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This Looks Shopped of the Day: To accompany Tina Brown's rather exploitative article ostensibly honoring what would have been Princess Di's 50th birthday with "what if" reflections on Diana's Botox injections and Galliano couture, Newsweek commissioned a couple of rough sketches of what a 50-year-old Diana might look like now, if it weren't for the whole being dead th

Lip Dub of the Day

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Lip Dub of the Day: Newsweek published an article a while back which stated that Grand Rapids, Michigan, is high up on the list of America's "Dying Cities."

So Grand Rapids responded by getting 5,000 residents together to perform an elaborate lip dub of Don McLean's "American Pie." Obviously.

Newsweek subsequently offered Grand Rapids