People - Especially Brown, Poor and Exotic - As Props

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Abby Zimet

Perpetuating as many racial, cultural and class stereotypes as possible in one fell crass swoop, this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features half-naked models in teeny "swim" wear posing in seven different continents with picturesque, sometimes spear-carrying natives as furniture-like props. Because nothing says China - the world's largest exporter and fastest growing industrial economy - like an elderly man in a cone hat poling a wooden raft down a river for a semi-naked white lady.

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