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Channing Tatum Backlash: Some Angered Over Sexiest Man Alive Honor

Channing Tatum Backlash: Some Angered Over Sexiest Man Alive Honor

Channing Tatum is seeing a backlash to his selection as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, as some critics feel the award is too narrow in who it selects.

As The Daily Beast notes, critics have said the award generally goes to a certain stereotype — white men. Writer Tricia Romano notes: “Tatum is part of a 26-year-long tradition of anointing square-jawed white men as the hottest in the land,” she writes. “The one exception: when they chose a square-jawed black man — Denzel Washington in 1996.”

She adds that there are African-American men inside the issue itself, but are “scattered throughout like chocolate sprinkles on a vanilla ice cream cone.”

Some are putting the criticism more squarely on Channing Tatum. Slate writer Amanda Hess says that the Sexiest Man Alive should “reflect our developing understanding of the sexual desires of women and gays.” But then she adds some criticism of Tatum himself:

“And what is going on in 2012? Our Sexiest Man is white. Straight. Ginormous. Frequently goateed. Wearing a white tank top in his cover photo. Yes, he can dance. But as a nation, we must ask: What is left of Channing Tatum’s sex appeal after the final strains of Ginuwine’s “Pony” recede? Buzzfeed has described Tatum as “a thumb” and “a gyrating human potato.” His sexy is bland. Traditional. Republican in a Democratic year.”

Channing Tatum has the only support that may matter, however. Appearing this week with his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Channing appeared happy and his wife seemed especially pleased with the honor.

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27 Responses to “Channing Tatum Backlash: Some Angered Over Sexiest Man Alive Honor”

  1. Jennifer Barrios

    Their is NOTHING bland or traditional about Channing Tatum.. He gave us a peep into what his sex life could be after that Pony performance, and trust me after that he has had my mind racing with possibilities..

  2. Anonymous

    Some valid points, but to blame Tatum? This was his year. He flaunted his sexuality in a way that women do on every Victoria's Secret commercials every day, but he unapologetically broke down the macho barrier and showed us some serious sex appeal without embarrassment. I think he broke some ground. Good for him! I rented the movie, and it wasn't just the muscles and the square jaw, it was the sly smile, piercing eyes, and subtle comic delivery that make him so sexy. Blame the magazine, women, but don't take Tatum's day away from him. The criticism would be easier to take seriously if the entire magazines wasn't filled with sexy men of different ages and races. Did these detractors actually make specific suggestions on who was more deserving of the cover this year? Don't use him as the fall guy for a larger political point. He has a working class appeal that is also rarely celebrated. on the people cover. Did anyone go there? It's a magazine cover, don't get too worked up over this. But I see your point, while their point is to sell magazines. Ain't discussing different opinions grand? May I suggest for next year's cover the SF Giants Center Fielder Angel Pagan? He would make the most strident PC blogger a little damp. Or stiff, depending on your predilection.

  3. Anonymous

    But he has a square jaw, that takes him out of the PC running, I guess

  4. Debrah L Ward-Alsobrook

    It is a proven that there are certain qualities that women find attractive in men, and the sme with women, even good looking african american men have same qualities. NO WOMAN, wants to ogle some fat, lazy man.

  5. Anonymous

    I don't care what they say Channing Tatum is very sexy and he has been for awhile so it is about time he got some recognition. Plus I think he is a little non-traditional because he is not as clean cut as most of the guys they usually pick.

  6. Michelle Campbell

    Denzel was the only black man to get the Sexiest Man Alive title. Which is funny because I see a lot of white women dating black guys. I assume most of the women who do the judging on this are white women.

  7. Anonymous

    Hes got beady eyes, No thanks.. Sexy men have eyes that draw you in and to me he doesn't have that..

  8. Jerry O'Brien

    They are jealous, he's a great looking guy. He has every right to be Sexiest Man of the Year. The rest is just sour grapes, from a bunch of sour grapes.

  9. Monica Brady

    What is going on here? Channing Tatum has EVERY right to be named "Sexiest Man Allive!" I have been a HUGE fan of his since the days of Coach Carter back in 2005, and I've watched him steadily grow over the years. I think it's great that the world is FINALLY taking notice of his talents. Personally, I've thought of Channing as the "Sexiest Man Alive" for years now, so it's about time the rest of the world has caught up. I think he has a very unique style of acting and it draws you in because his delivery is always subtle, realistic, and pure. That alone makes him sexy to me! He is a man who possesses a tremendous amount of talent, and he oozes sex appeal, and although Channing has the world at his feet, you would never know it by the way he conducts himself. He has managed to do what most Hollywood stars have failed at doing—-he has remained grounded. That speaks volumes of his character.

    Channing has what every woman desires in a man, great looks, personality for days, sexy appeal, and he possesses the ability to make us laugh. And trust me, laughter is extremely important to us women! If a guy can make us love him and laugh at him at the same time, that's GOLDEN! So I say with the uttmost sincerity, "Congratulations Channing, and if you by chance happen to read this article, do not get discouraged, just remember, the public loves you no matter what! And PLEASE don't EVER fall victim to the perils of Hollywood! We love you for who you are, and as long as you remain grounded, we will all remain TRUE fans of yours!"

  10. Monica Brady

    What is going on here? Channing Tatum has EVERY right to be named "Sexiest Man Allive!" I have been a HUGE fan of his since the days of Coach Carter back in 2005, and I've watched him steadily grow over the years. I think it's great that the world is FINALLY taking notice of his talents. Personally, I've thought of Channing as the "Sexiest Man Alive" for years now, so it's about time the rest of the world has caught up. I think he has a very unique style of acting and it draws you in because his delivery is always subtle, realistic, and pure. That alone makes him sexy to me! He is a man who possesses a tremendous amount of talent, and he oozes sex appeal, and although Channing has the world at his feet, you would never know it by the way he conducts himself. He has managed to do what most Hollywood stars have failed at doing—-he has remained grounded. That speaks volumes of his character.

    Channing has what every woman desires in a man, great looks, personality for days, sex appeal, and he possesses the ability to make us laugh. And trust me, laughter is extremely important to us women! If a guy can make us love him and laugh at him at the same time, that's GOLDEN! So I say with the uttmost sincerity, "Congratulations Channing, and if you by chance happen to read this article, do not get discouraged, just remember, the public loves you no matter what! And PLEASE don't EVER fall victim to the perils of Hollywood! We love you for who you are, and as long as you remain grounded, we will all remain TRUE fans of yours!"

  11. Lelayna Hernandez

    Wow, I am amazed at the things people take issue with. It is a magazine and next year there will be a new winner. I don't understand the need to call out Channing Tatum in that way. He was chosen, good for him. He may not be everyone's type and that is ok, one man can not please everyone. Get over it. Maybe next years winner will be more suited to your taste.

  12. Wendy McCluskey

    Never heard of the papers the GUY that wrote this quoted. The sad part is they will probably get read because of it. Channing is bloody gorgeous and an amazing dancer and in a year where he played one sexy sexy part he had every right to be the sexiest man… seriously though… who takes this "honor" so seriously? If you don't like it don't buy the magazine. Geez people if you want to get upset about something read the news.. there are far more important things out there than who gets picked sexiest man by a magazine.

  13. Melissa Lane Spaziano

    Maybe Essence Magazine should have their own version of The sexiest Black man alive. It's funny that if a black person is excluded from something, white people are racist. But black people have their own awards shows, magazines, tv stations, and even the Latino have their own awards and tv stations. But you don't see white people complaining. If we do, again were racist. Whites are not the most racist people around. I'm not racist at all, just observant. I'm just glad it's not Brad Pitt again, he looks like crap nowadays.

  14. Marcia Howard

    I think this post is trolling. Tatum's coming off a surprisingly excellent year. His profile has been raised enormously by his last three films and even folks on the fence about him were charmed. Plus, the man is FOINE. As far as People's narrow definition of "Sexy," I'd be more critical of the fact that it is almost ALWAYS who is the most prominent in the boxoffice that year, than who might be subjectively "sexiest". Waiting for the winner of that honor is like watching the Billboard Music Awards: just look at the charts and you already know who "won". If the Hobbit is a smash, it'll probably be Benedict Cumberbatch, even though he's playing a CGI dragon.

  15. Sue Terry

    what an angry article. Channing Tatum is a person just like everyone else. Why can't people just be nice and seriously if you give any credit to these stories you are way too shallow to begin with.

  16. Ruby Morrison

    Why does it always have to come down to blacks? Melissa pretty much said it all. We could never get away with having an all white anything. Time to get over it.

  17. Bill Harmon

    Who really cares except people without a real life. Black, white, purple or green what the hell does it matter.
    It's all about publicity. Use the following formula if it's not to difficult for you people who care:

    P + A/G/L/M sq – I = $$$$.

    HINT: People Mag plus Any Good Looking Man sq minus intelligence equals $$$$.

  18. Diane Campbell

    apparently u care. you commented on it. Give it time and attention. Like Michael Jackson and all the hate u have for him u have hatred in your veins and heart. What a sad pathetic old man u r