Every year I see further evidence that Dr. King’s legacy is not being honored so much as perverted. I got this spam e-mail last week advertising an event in downtown New Orleans:
You really need to view the full-size original to soak in every little detail.
That the ad refers to “the King” and uses the image of a crown to create a visual pun is a little disturbing, but that’s a minor quibble. Obviously Dr. King has passed into the realm of iconography.
No, what really bothers me about this image is the attractive female model. She’s wearing a crown, symbolizing Dr. Martin Luther King. The expression on her face seems to define the come-hither stare. And what’s that she doing? Well, she seems to be lifting her skirt up.
Using sex appeal to hype a nightclub. Nothing new there. Using a civil rights icon to make a buck. Seen it before. But the combination of the two takes it to a new level for me. Consider also those persistent rumors of Dr. King’s philandering, and this advertisement is looking pretty ugly.
And is my imagination overactive, or is Obama looking up her skirt? That’s just wrong.
I don’t presume to judge the model, or anyone really. I just find this image is sadly indicative of a larger pattern, a pervasive lack of respect for a great human being.