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Boo! Elton & David Magazine Cover Gets Censored!

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elton and david magazine cover gets censored

Absolutely disgraceful!

Arkansas Grocery store chain Harps has censored Elton John's US Weekly magazine cover featuring the singer with husband David Furnish and baby Zachary.

We would NEVER shop at an establishment that would make such an ignorant and offensive move like this.

So disappointing!

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280 comments to “Boo! Elton & David Magazine Cover Gets Censored!”

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  1. 1

    But you haven't said you will stop eating at Chik Fil A…….womp womp.

  2. 2

    This is just disgraceful!

  3. 3

    wow seriously?

  4. 4

    Only in United States…… So retarded.

  5. 5

    That is appalling. No one has the right to censor anyone just for being who they are.

  6. 6

    WOW so shitty

  7. 7

    to be serious i would feel uncomfortable if my daughters saw that i dont like it when they show on tv or movies two people of the same sex kissing i dont want them to be confused you might think its wrong but its out of respect to parent that dont want that out in the open for there children to see i have nothing wrong with gay people but as a mother i want my children to be censored on things they would not understand

  8. 8

    Wow.. utterly disgusting. A celebration of family and love needs to be PROTECTED from young shoppers?! Yet they don't need to be protected from hatred and poor excuses for "values". Well done…

  9. 9

    Wow. That's awful! And very retarded even for a backward country like America. Shock!

  10. 10

    It's offensive to some people not a real shocker, the problem with this is that you're forcing others to believe in what you do and not everyone has to.

    It's wrong but it's also the store owners prerogative to do whatever they choose.

  11. 11

    That is disgusting. Bet they don't censor the covers with celebs boobs hanging out in their bikinis. Only in Arkansas..

  12. 12

    This is disgraceful!

  13. 13

    Protecting children is not ignorant nor offensive. GAY doesnt need to be shoved down everyones throat.

  14. 14

    this is horrible. what the hell needs to be censored about this cover? the person who decided to do that needs to be fired and quick. there is nothing inappropriate about this. if anything this cover is an inspiration to those around the country who are in a same sex relationship who wish to adopt. its hopeful that someday america will pull its head out of its ass and finally realize parents of all sexes can be responsible loving parents to children who desperately need homes.

  15. 15

    I find that absolutely ridiculous!

  16. 16

    I find that ridiculous!

  17. 17

    Too fucking unbelievable - NOT. Right wing bigots always enjoy censoring stuff which does not fit with their kind of fantasy reality.

  18. 18

    lol…seriously…before jumping to any conclusion..maybe someone just misplaced the magazine and this cover was meant for porno mags who knows,,, why dont u wait an official comment from the store before advertising against it??

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  20. 20

    I had heterosexuality shoved in my face throughout my entire childhood and it didn't affect me at all. I still turned out perfectly gay.

  21. 21

    Ummm. grocery stores put those across many of the magazine covers. It has nothing to do with that particular cover story. Stop trying to make a story where there isnt one.

  22. 22

    I don't think the put that advisory in front of the magazine. Because of the Gay issue, I think its cause Elton and his partner look Like monsters. YIKES

  23. 23

    blah blah blah, it's not censorship, it's called descretion. noting is taken out or dedacted from the magazine, it's just behind a barier.

  24. 24

    how are you sure that it's the store doing it and not just some random customer who moved the family shield sign?

  25. 25

    Nothing wrong with it being censored.
    It should be a parents CHOICE to have this visible to their children or not. Like previous posters have said it could be confusing to a young child.
    Just because homosexuality is tolerated, doesn't mean its the IDEAL norm for 'family'.

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  27. 27

    Re: rldh88 – really? two men holding a baby. how is that going to harm your children? they're not even kissing, or something else you might find offensive. how about you consider it a "teaching" moment and use it to explain to your children, instead of shielding them from the realities of the world? how about telling them how wonderful it is that this beautiful baby has a family who loves them? sad.

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  29. 29

    this is so disgraceful there are millions of children out there that would love to have parents wether they are gay or not

  30. 30

    Re: rldh88 – You say you don't want "THAT" out in the open. What exactly is "THAT"? The love between two people and their family? You say your ok with gay people but you cover your childrens eyes and keep them in the dark, it's really a shame.

  31. 31

    That's so horrible.

  32. 32

    That's funny!hahaha!

  33. 33

    Times are changing, people need to start accepting it. No one has the right to judge someone.

  34. 34

    not a big fan of the censorship BUT it is totally unclear from the original article what exactly happened here. Apparently the whole article is based simply on this picture. But just because the mag is being hidden, that doesn't mean it was company policy, or that it was even done by an employee. For all we know, someone decided to get a laugh by moving the magazines around and taking a picture.

    Unless there is a company policy to censor this magazine or magazines that present images of gay couples, I think this is a pretty presumptuous and harmful accusation.

  35. 35

    Wow!i'm speechless - only in America. Its these bigoted attitudes we need to 'protect children' from - not gay parents.

  36. 36

    Re: Heggoo

    yes they DO have the right to censor someone! This is still AMERICAN where we are FREE to have our own views and opinions, whether they are the "popular" opinion or not! And a store OWNER can do whatever the hell he WANTS to do!

  37. 37

    Re: rldh88 – That's a perfect example how parents unknowingly teach their kids that there is something wrong in being gay.

    What I've told to kids is that some children have mom and dad, some have two dads or moms, some have only one parent and so on, and they've been satisfied with that answer. Kids think things through very simply and positively. Sounds to me like you're one of the people who automatically think dicks in the ass and rough sex, when someone says the word gay. And that's very sad for happy and lovely families that happen to be gay, such as Elton John's…

  38. 38

    Re: rldh88 – And how about you just explain them that a person can have two mommies or two daddies as well as a daddy and a mommy?. Afterall, children dont understand about sex, all they see is "figures".

  39. 39

    Re: rldh88 – Than as a parent you help your child understand, this is why there is still hate crimes against homosexual people. My sons who are 5 and 8.5 know what a gay couple is and what a straight couple is. I have friends who are close to us who are gay and I chose to explain it to my children to teach them about acceptance, the younger it starts the easier it is for the child to accept. You wouldn't want a magazine censoring a black couple because it's "different" to your child so why should a gay couple be censored. That's disgusting to me.

  40. 40

    Re: rldh88 – So basically, people who get raised by their single grandmother for example, should get straight couples censored just cause wont understand that? lol

  41. 41

    this is a disgrace. Magazine covers that are full of women hanging out of their bikinis are never censored - but this is? I understand that many children do not understand this issue, and would maybe be confused (i really dont think they would care) but if we tought our children to be more open, accepting, and understanding then this wouldnt be an issue anyways!…if you think its offensive to your children then maybe its time you sat down and had a proper conversation about it. I cant believe a place of buisness can actually get away with this. Disgusting.

  42. 42

    I'm willing to bet this isn't blatant discrimination. Many stores hide the covers of all Us, Ok, and People magazines, even when that week's cover doesn't have any PG-13 material on it. If I saw a photo of the entire rack I'd be more comfortable making the assumption that the cover was censored because it features a gay couple. If it's indeed the only magazine covered, then I'll assume it was discrimination. All that said, if it IS on purpose, it's just heartbreaking.

  43. 43

    Ridiculas, disgusting, and ignorant is what I would call a 65 year old queen adopting an infant.

  44. 44

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa… you are leaving out VERY important details. Stores like that (Publix does this too) put those in front of ALL the gossip magazines!! Geez. This has NOTHING to do with what was on the cover of that particular issue! Any issue of US Weekly and any other magazine at the checkout counter have one of those plastic shields in front of it! If the camera wasn't zoomed in on just that one magazine you could see that. Unbelievable!

  45. 45

    This an utter disgrace. Did they censor the EW with Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, too? Disgusting!!

  46. 46

    Re: Hesnotintou – Why everybody is seeing gay as something sexual and not just about mating?. Why you think you have to explain your child sexual stuff instead just saying that a man can LOVE another man?. Or are you just afraid that it could be "contagious"?.
    If you all panic about a cover of two man with a baby in their arms, what do you think that baby is gona think about when he gets the chance to ask anything?. I think he will be perfectly fine, just as any other kid in the world who see two men together.

  47. 47

    Re: pinkyandshmoo – well said

  48. 48

    Perez I think you promote suicide by plastering faces of teens that have killed themselves because it was rumored they were bullied and every study ever done says especially among teens, this behavior is copied when given promotion like you do. I disagreed w/ Target and chick fil la because the facts were distorted.
    But this is ridiculous. This is a picture of a family. You can show a man or woman who had an affair or left his pregnant wife and that isn't covered up, but rldh doesn't want his daughters to see an intact family unit. Maybe he wants them to grow up racist or bigots. Let your little girls worship Anglena who would grace a cover who broke up a marriage, but a family unit over it up. The Jersey shore kids sleeping w/ girls then kicking them out, they barely know english your daughters see them on a cover, but two men and a baby offends you?

  49. 49

    ok, I live in Arkansas and have a Harps very close to me. Wonder what would happen if I go take all the mags and pass them out to shoppers…HA HA. Seriously, this is disgraceful. Just know that not Arkansans think this way.

  50. 50

    That's ridiculous! But really…who cares? It's the South! If Arkansas disappeared into the ocean, no one would even notice for at least a week.

  51. 51

    This is absolutely disgraceful, I feel sick to my stomach and want to cry. They are doing the very opposite of protecting young shoppers, they are sending them a very dangerous message.

  52. 52

    sometimes as a parent you don't want the magazine aisle to be a teachable moment for young kids. there are bigger offensive fish to fry than covering a mag cover.

  53. 53

    Just seeing this picture ENRAGES me! I would definitely UN cover it when i saw this… what the hell are they going to say?!? it's not porn, it's two men holding a baby. PROTECTING YOUNG SHOPPERS FROM WHAT!??? is this magazine going to hop of the shelf & attack? i think not, shut the hell up.

  54. 54

    Parasite, not everyone accepts GAY, and whether you like it or not, people have the RIGHT to NOT LIKE GAY. The hilarious thing is that you can't do a damn thing about it. So suck it up and move on already.

  55. 55

    Re: rldh88 – I am not gay and I grew up in the smallest town in the world. My parents in a cave practaically. Though I wasn't exposed to anything "gay" my parents instilled a sense of equallity in my upbringing. Thank goodness because my education and work I was exposed to everything which I loved and embraced. Your attitude is hateful no matter how nicely you put it. It is a family unit. Your ignorance and bigotry will rub off on your daughters and linit their success and happiness. I only hope they have a loving role model in their life w/out your ignorance. I pity you, maybe you simply don't have the self esteem to instill equality in your girls.

  56. Mtl23 says – reply to this


    That is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. 57

    How would it be confusing to young children? Im sorry but we are not supposed to breed hate and ignorance, be need ot get better as a country and this happens by explaining that diffrent people have diffrent lives. So what as soon as your child finds out a child at their school has two moms or two dads would you remove them from the school because you are scared it will confuse them? Children are simple. A child will not turn back and ask, how do they have sex? A child will just take a simple explaination such as 'Because they love each other like mommy and daddy do' as a good enough reason.

    Children will be SURROUNDED by people of diffrent religions and life styles forever, and the earlier we teach them to accept people for people the better.

  58. 58

    I think shielding this stuff from your kids just causes more confusion in the end and more hatred. I'm sure they can understand at a young age, if a parent wants their kids to be realistically aware, then be realistic with them, its not like you are showing them gay porn…

  59. 59

    just sayin… i worked at a grocery chain for 5 years, and we had those thingys, and they were usually in front of like cosmo (because the word sex would be on the cover or something like that), but CUSTOMERS would pick them up, move them to look at the magazine behind them. they would arbitrarily place the cover somewhere else. if the grocery store did that, its horrible, but you can never assume!

  60. LCFB says – reply to this


    Re: rldh88 – what kind of bloody hell of an excuse is that. be sheilded from what, that gay people exist? i guess you're still in that mindset that a child can be made gay or something. do you let them witness heteros kiss?

  61. 61

    I guess it's at the discretion of the owners and what the concumers say, but it really is pointless. The South continues to fight change that's going to happen.

  62. 62

    When we had Jesus in our schools and in our homes being gay was not taught that it was natural. You also did not have gay men and women all over the place fighting for rights to be equal. You are not of another race, you are just without Jesus in your life. It is unnatural according to the word of God. It is also not suppose to be something we allow ourselves to do. When all this stuff gets put out for all to see, we are teaching our children that being gay is acceptable but it is not to JESUS. This is why we now have so many in abundance of gays and lesbians. It is because we are showing them it is okay. If your "gay" then you are not practicing the words of God. It is all over in the Bible, Romans, Leviticus, Corinthians 1. It is a CHOICE, just like it is a choice to do drugs, it is a choice to kill. There is no difference. Sorry. Not to say you as a person are not a good person but what your are doing if you choose to be gay is wrong.

  63. 63

    thats just so very fucking wrong!! whats wrong with some people!??!?!?!

  64. 64

    To not accept this does not mean we have to be ignorant or hateful towards someone who is accepting this in their life but know the difference between right and wrong.

  65. 65

    OMG that is awful makes me want to cry! It's businesses/people like that who create inequality thoughts in children’s minds.

  66. lampy says – reply to this


    This is primitive, marriage is an institution for who it wants with whom, man and man, man and women or women and women! It's something special for all, as long as they love each other! And parents are only good parents, if they truly are devoted to their children, gay or hetero. There things that should be censored, but this is certainly not one of them! But then these Harps people are probably a couple of strange hillbillies.

  67. 67

    this is disgraceful. BOO!

  68. 68

    that is bullshit, they should be proud to be parents, regardless of what that is so wrong bullshit!!

  69. lampy says – reply to this


    Re: tayl0rr – Could not put it any better

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    I would of just ripped off the shield, or moved all the magazines to the open :)

  71. 71

    arseholes, this is so out of order

  72. 72

    Disgusting really!

  73. 73

    i dont blame them. as a gay man, I was offended at that cover….

  74. 74

    I find this sad :( I have two boys who are both under the age of 10 and they both understand that men sometimes marry other men and women sometimes marry other women. I didn't go out of my way to teach it, I simply answered their questions when they asked. Who am I to tell them that it is wrong? I would have no problem with them seeing two men who are in a relationship posing with their child.

    It is sad that children are being raised to think that this is something that is bad.

  75. 75

    I find this hilarious. I can't stop laughing.

  76. 76

    so by 'protect young shoppers' they mean teach them to hate people just because of their sexuality?

  77. 77

    Re: OneLove5 – I find it confusing that your user name is OneLove5, yet clearly you do not have one love for everyone. I know the bible says homosexuality is wrong but doesn't it also say that God loves everyone?

  78. 78

    In response to everyone Replying to RDLH88… well said! That was the most ignorant comment i have EVER seen on this site. I know bigots who have more class!

  79. 79

    I found this so disgusting that I went to the website for the grocery chain and filled out their Contact Us form and told them how I felt. Its so wrong!

  80. 80

    Wow. In my opinion I have seen on the US weekly covers that make me blush of young girl! And they cover this seriously! I have seen this mag and nothing but a beautiful baby and we all know will be loved. However we don't know if the mag was put there by someone then the pic taken but either way shakes head.

  81. 81

    Not everyone wants the gay agenda shoved down their throats. Deal with it.

  82. 82

    Re: rldh88 – How are your children supposed to learn if they are not exposed to it, my son is only 5, and in no way would I be offended if he saw it, I am always expressing to my son how it is important to be who and what you are not be afraid of what other people think. It's parent's like you that make their children afraid to be different, and unfortunately those children's difference's get noticed and they get bullied. There is nothing wrong with being gay, I'm a straight Republican female, but I am all for gay rights, and equal rights. People are people, just becuase you're different, or your a boy who likes boys, a girl who likes girls or whatever, does not mean you should be treated as though you are not human, or even worse, as though you shouldn't exsist. Not all gay people are bad and not all straight people are good. What it boils down to, is humanity and treating others the way you would like to be treated. So you can continue to over shelter your children, just realize that as they are growing up and coming to you with all these confusing questions on things that they would normally think are normal everyday thigns, it's your fault. And that is to all parents who think it necessary to do that to their children.

  83. 83

    arkansas? what do u expect? lol

  84. 84

    Re: OneLove5 – Since 'gay' is a choice, choose to do it for a couple of days. Choose to fall in love with someone of the same gender and choose to have sexual relations with that person and fully enjoy it. It's just a choice. So that means we are all heterosexual and any of us can easily choose to 'do' gay stuff at any moment. So prove it's a choice by choosing to do it for a few days.

  85. 85

    Re: EmsMama – false

  86. 86

    I guess I'm naive because I seriously cannot believe stuff like this still goes on. Wow.

  87. 87

    Re: UhYeah – all perez said was that he believes its wrong and he would choose not to shop there. he isn't forcing them to believe or do anything.

  88. 88

    I just don't see what is so offensive about 2 men holding a baby. They're not making out for fuck's sake. compared to a lot of covers of Maxim, Esquire, etc. this is nothing!

  89. 89

    It scares me to death such a narrow-minded hate filled person lives in the same country with me. How the hell do you know what Jesus wants? You talked to Him about it?? The bible was written by MAN and I believe it also says something about loving everyone equally. It amazes me so many "Christians" preach about the love of Jesus and then seem to be filled with more hate and fear that anyone. Someone doesn't deserve Jesus's love because he or she isn't just like you? You should be ashamed and have no idea what being a Christian really is about

  90. 90

    I feel so sorry for this country, America is so backwards in so many things and yet proclaim to the the world leader.

    I wonder in what?

  91. 91

    I dont understand it.
    Because of my religion, i dont accept the gays have the right to marry.
    That doesnt mean i hate them, or disrespect them.
    They more than just being gay.
    But if pple think that those with relationships with god are gonna put aside their faith and beliefs because now we HAVVE TO ACCEPT as they way it is. uh no. maybe TOLERANCE needs to come BOTH sides. Not everyone is going to be okay with the fact that gays have all these extra rights.
    P.S. The gay movement is not the same as the black civIl rights. Both may go back years, but gays were NEVER slaves, torn from their homes and brought to a strange place and forced to cater to someone else. Gay is not the new black and it will never be.

    i and think if a store wants to shield gayness from children they have right to. its the wonderfulness of AMERICA!!

  92. 92

    the same people are probably fucking their sisters and daughters
    fucking hypocrites !!!!Re: rldh88 – you obviously DO have something against gay people………….

  93. 93

    well said!

  94. 94

    Re: UhYeah – no one is forcing anyone to do anything, if a magazine cover makes you feel forced to do or be anything then you should find a good shrink, stupid twat !!!!

  95. 95

    Re: Mad Dog – Well said Mad Dog so isn't wonderful no one is making you buy the magazine While singing "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and wearing sparkly sunglasses, and covering it up really does send it home that people arent equal… no agenda really except on the part of the people covering up a family…good point!

  96. 96

    WTF? Wow… LAME.

  97. 97

    Re: Mad Dog – how exactly is a picture of 2 men holding a baby being shoved down your throat? just because you don't like it does not mean its being shoved down your throat. its not like they are doing this cover just to annoy people who don't like it.

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    Re: OneLove5 – fuck you and fuck jesus too, you ignorant brainwashed fool. I suppose you think it's ok for priests to molest kids and to have the offenders moved from parish to parish to continue to do "god's work".

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  100. 100

    haha that is awesome.

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