Friday, May 22, 2009
I was tempted to open my big mouth when the swimsuit issue came out (oh joy!) and I didn't, but you all know I can't keep quiet for long. What were they thinking with the cover for today's Metropolis issue? For the cover article on roof top shit in Tokyo, they chose to depict a white man enjoying some cheap champagne with an even cheaper woman. OK, I didn't actually mean that. He is enjoying a drink with an ecstatic-looking Japanese woman. Why oh why must Metropolis rub it in our faces that they either a) cater to a white male audience or b) think the only audience they have is white and male? How about putting an Indian guy or a black guy in his place? They have drinks with Japanese women and there are a lot of them in Japan too, and I would hazard a guess that many of them read Metropolis. Or how about a Japanese guy and a foreign woman, because we know some of them have drinks together too (not looking at any one in particular). I know I am playing into the angry foreign woman stereotype and this may make some of you want to vomit (hell it makes me want to vomit) but it just frustrates me that when Metropolis thinks "expat community," they think of a white guy with a Japanese woman on his arm. There are so many different kinds of expats in Tokyo and yet white guys are the most often depicted. Or catered to, as in the swimsuit issue that made me want to puke. This isn't Sports Illustrated, what the fuck am I going to do with 8 pages of Japanese women in swimwear?! If guys want to "look at" Japanese ladies in swimwear a quick google image search or trip to the konbini will suffice would it not? Or if that is too much to ask how about some hot guys at the beach photos for those of us who like them? I'm running out of steam with this and should probably quit while I am slightly behind but just one more question for the road: demographics aside, who the fuck chose that photograph from the cover shoot proof sheet?!?! Neither of them are looking at the other and they both have these funny smiles, the woman is scratching her shoulder and doing a look-to-the-side laugh. What do you want to bet in the moment before this was taken she said, "Do I know a love hotel around here?"