Is “shirtless cover” okay?
Washingtonian is making the most of the buzz on its May issue with a shirtless President Obama on the cover.
Obama didn’t pose for the picture. It’s the same shirtless paparazzi photo taken while he was on vacation in Hawaii in December. But the magazine took some creative license and changed the color of his swim trunks from black to red.
The glossy magazine that bills itself as the guide to life, media, gossip and politics in Washington used the photo to illustrate its cover story “26 Reasons to Love Living Here” (he’s reason #2 – “Our New Neighbor is Hot,” according to the cover).
Now, Washingtonian is asking visitors to it web site to weigh in on what they think of the cover. So far among the responses, variations on inappropriate and “tasteless” prevail.
“Tasteless! President Obama should be given the respect he deserves, instead of turning him into a bathing suit hot model,” wrote Sharon Okolicsanyi and a writer identified as Bernadette posted: “Tacky, tabloid-esque, inappropriate, and smutty. That’s what I think of this cover.”
Some readers didn’t mind, as in this comment by Linda: “I love this cover! I’m a sixtyish woman and don’t find one single thing wrong with a picture of a handsome man who just happens to be President on your cover.”
What’s your opinion? Is the swimsuit cover okay — or not?
Photo credit:Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama during a tree planting at a park in Washington)