Elton John magazine cover is censored!
Friday 28 January 2011
Elton John and his partner David Furnish found themselves in the middle of a homophobia row this week when a magazine featuring the pair and their new baby Zachary was covered over by a shop which deemed the image inappropriate.
The shop in question, a Harps store in Arkansas USA, offered the issue of US magazine with the interview introducing baby Zachary to the world, but with the cover protected by a grey sign that read: “Family Shield to protect young Hart shoppers.” All that can be seen behind the covering is the top of David and Elton’s head. The cover which featured the pair fully clothed and holding their new son up to the camera showed no indecent images at all.
However, the manager of the Harps supermarket decided that the cover was offensive and applied the store's censorship policy normally reserved for the likes of Playboy and other more pornographic magazines.
The censorship was bought to attention by a shopper, Jennifer Huddleston who posted it on twitter asking her followers to raise awareness. The picture soon circled the internet with gay and lesbian rights campaigners as well as celebs such as Lily Allen jumping on the image. The singer followed a link to the picture with: “speechless about that Elton thing.”
With growing pressure on the shop, this morning the manager took away the censorship sign so that Elton John’s family can now be viewed by everyone. Customers and online forums branded the move homophobic, although the Harps management claim that they do not want to offend anyone.
By Leah Smith
What do you think about this? Is a picture of a gay couple and their son offensive?