Sven Sundgaard's shirtless Lavender cover shot

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Whipping up dessert.
KARE 11 weather stud Sven Sundgaard is shirtless on the cover of the latest Lavender magazine -- with an apron, and smudged with brown goop that's supposed to be chocolate pudding.

It looks like good clean fun to us. But to read the Strib's gossip columnist, you'd think this spelled the end of TV news ethics (again).

Unlike Lavender, which has a brand to promote, Sundgaard has an image to uphold and as such is photographed here in a fashion unbecoming an anchor, according to sources in local broadcasting.

The "fashion unbecoming an anchor" is simply the latest Sundgaard promotion of a cause near and dear, Dining Out For Life, which raises money to help folks living with HIV/AIDS.

Besides, you want Sven looking buff? Check out his Facebook page. This is not a man shy about taking off his shirt.

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And is it really any worse than Jason DeRusha wearing Zubaz?

Here's the Lavender cover. Does it spell doom for KARE 11? Take the poll below.

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Conduct unbecoming?
If you got it, flaunt it, right?




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mead235
mead235

How sad.

A shirtless  man,with apron covering the offending nipples, is considered beyond the pale.

I'm glad I left Minnesota 30 years ago.

Flipper813
Flipper813

Personally, I don't care if he is gay or not. He is a good TV Meteorologist, interacts well with the other people on the set and is a good fit for KARE 11 news.

Myrtlesus
Myrtlesus

Sven is the cute little elf that does the weather - he is NOT an anchor. This article is flawed. I like Sven, he's great at his job. And he has a sense of humor and adventure - plus he looks great in the photos. You go Sven! my little elf

Bruce
Bruce

Sven's a very eager bottom. So this makes perfect sense.

Ovahuu
Ovahuu

Bad cover idea, seriously. It looks like someone put feces all over him. Last time I was aware, I never remember eating a bowl of shit when I was Dining Out for Life...but then again, it is the lame Lavender trying to be so "creative" when they really should just close their doors and start collecting their retirement, if they have one.

JL
JL

I have no regard for this person. Lavender must have done a lot for him because he appears to be doing anything and everything to repay them. I lived in Duluth all that time he was on KBJR and he's a 'fair-weather gay'. Too scary to come out in Duluth but once he hits the Twin Cities he'll do it. I can't stand gay people who act like 'we're all in this together' but have no balls, no guts and no confidence to actually say the words (I'm gay!) even in places where you don't have dozens of rich gay men to back you up.

To
To

Everything about this is fine except for the pudding. That's just weird.

Oothatgirl
Oothatgirl

I started out with absolutely no opinion of him, and now respect him more, and may follow him on facebook because of this... good work Sven. Bravo to Lav. for this. um... didn't really notice the lack of shirt behind the message on the apron... and last time I checked.. it was far more risque for a woman to be without a shirt than a man... now if Diana Pierce was shirtless.. that would be a story.

Overmanleeann
Overmanleeann

I think the guy writing this article is just jealous...he probably can't take his shirt off. Sven does a lot of good community work. Go Sven!!!

vitajex
vitajex

REALLY?!?! We're gonna sit here and argue about the lack of shirt?

Nobody wants to point out that the photographer/editor managed to pick a picture that features, without a doubt, some of the CRAZIEST "crazy eyes" EVER captured on film?

He looks awkward and almost murderous. It almost looks like a screen test for a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"...

Sidenote: Even gay men generally aren't overly fond of copraphilia...

ish
ish

Sven is a douche...and this cover makes him look like he just had a male-douching accident. Douche.

dtcubeguy
dtcubeguy

Where has CJ been hiding? Sven has been shirtless on his news station blog, Facebook, and who knows where else. It's hard to find a picture of him wearing a shirt. I think he's now been photographed shirtless on every continent except Antarctica.

CRZ
CRZ

CJ is kinda overpromoting Sven by calling him an "anchor." C'mon, he's the weather man. (DISCLAIMER: I love Sven as much as a straight man can anonymously love a weather man on the Internet. You too, Paul Douglas!)

If anything, she should get on Pomeranz' case for all that barbecue sauce.

Puddin'
Puddin'

Ultimately the more people talk about it, the more attention goes to the cause to fight AIDS, so I think it was genius... and funny.

chicluvrdude
chicluvrdude

how sad. the little skateboard kid is a butt pirate. all faggots should be demoted.

cme
cme

Really? We don't need people like you bringing others down. Everybody comes out when they are ready. There's more that plays into it then YOU deciding what's right for a person. You have no idea what his personal life and professional life were like at the time.

I teach - but I don't scream I'm gay. If people ask, I tell them. I'm content with who I am and what I do for the community. You just need to get a life for yourself, and stop criticizing people. It sounds like your jealous and hateful. I'm happy he's doing something positive for the community.

Bo
Bo

Pudding? I thought that was feces.

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