Bloomberg Businessweek's controversial cover

File this one under "What were they thinking?" It is the cover of the February 25 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Given the disproportionately devastating effects of the housing crisis on minority communities and the continuing discoveries of racist mortgage lending practices, this image is thoroughly insensitive and downright offensive.  As a New York Times article asks, why are all the people's physical features exaggerated? 

image from graphics8.nytimes.com
image from graphics8.nytimes.com