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Grocery Store Responds To Elton John Magazine Controversy

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Well, at least SOME corrective action was taken.

In light of the disgraceful news yesterday that Arkansas supermarket chain Harps had censored the new issue of Us Weekly for showcasing Elton John, his husband David Furnish, and their baby son on its cover, the company's President Kim B. Eskew has issued the following statement:

We have received a number of comments regarding an incident in our Mountain Home store involving the current issue Us Weekly Magazine depicting Elton John, David Furnish and their newborn son. I would like to explain how this happened. For many years we have provided each of our stores with shields which can be used at the manager's discretion to cover the front of magazines when they receive complaints from our customers regarding either the photo on the cover of the magazine or the titles of articles contained within the magazine. Sometimes those photos might be sexually provocative or too revealing. The magazine article titles might also be too suggestive for some customers. In this case our store manager received some complaints, and as has been our custom, placed the shield over the cover of the magazine. When we began receiving complaints at our corporate office, we reviewed the magazine in question, removed the shield and are selling the magazine in all our locations today without any shield. Our true intention is not to offend anyone in our stores and this incident happened at just one of our 65 locations, which when brought to our attention, we reversed.

Kim B. Eskew
President & COO
Harps Food Stores, Inc.

Wow.

We don't know what's worse - that there is so much hate in the world that people couldn't even walk by a magazine cover featuring two homosexual men and their child - what should be a happy, joyous occasion - without freaking out, or that the manager was convinced enough by these complaints to consider the image 'too suggestive' for the world to see!

We appreciate that they've made the effort to correct this offensive and ignorant move, but frankly, we're still horrified that this even happened in the first place.

Grow up, America. The LGBT community is NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

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116 comments to “Grocery Store Responds To Elton John Magazine Controversy”

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  1. 101

    Re: JasonDiggy – good point ! touche !



  2. 102

    Re: NookiesWA – No, you shut up .. being annoyed and wanting an entire population eradicated are two very different things, fucking retard. kinda funny you being so against gay sex when you have a very sexual photo posted, oh I forgot, it's ok cuz your straight. fucking hypocrite.



  3. 103

    I am from Arkansas and I can say that most people in the South do not like having a homosexuality thrown in their faces. This is still the Bible Belt and I am guessing the person who complained was probably a mother, who did not want their young child looking at the picture. People down here like to hold on to innocence for as long as they can. You can call us "back wood hicks" or "rednecks' but actually we are not. We are just not ready to excepts liberal agendas. I am neither against it not an avid supporter. I believe that what you do is your own business. I love this site, but comments like this make me want to scream!!



  4. 104

    The whole time this was going on I bet Mike Huckabee was sucking off Ted Haggard's haggard dick.



  5. 105

    I work for the harps chain and have for 2 years now and I will be the first to say all the owners and big shots are idiots. They are the most unfriendly and hateful people. They all suck and this comes as no surprise to me. I am sure they don't give a flying crap what goes on in their stores they are never there to see what does.



  6. 106

    Stop blaming the manager, he's doing his job, he is not personally speaking out against gays, nor did he say he found the picture offensive.



  7. 107

    um, why don't YOU grow up and realize we don't have to accept your perverted lifestyle nor will we ever!! It's wrong and always will be a sick, perversion of true love and nature. You know it, I know it, we all do. Get over your hurt and resentment, sorry you were abused we all have pains. YOU WEREN'T BORN THAT WAY despite what GaGa says.
    You can't bend the laws of nature to suit your personal fantasies.



  8. 108

    The shield is fine by me, if only because Elton is so damn hideous.



  9. 109

    I cant believe this. Im disgusted. I hope you people who hate gay people are ready to go to hell. because thats exactly where your going. Its fucking sick! Gay, Lesbian and bi communities of America should come to the UK. Im not saying everyone is accepting here but theres a great deal more than the small minded freaks in america!!! We can go into shops and see Gay magazines openly, even top shelf. I recently bought OK magazine which had elton and his husband and baby on the front cover and there was nothing covering it up because its fine! For all the people who claim Gay people can choose whether their gay or not are extremely un educated. However, they are gay and they embrace it because there fucking fabulous and way better than any straight person (and i am straight) Im disgusted at how americans treat gay/lesbian/bi people. Seriously.



  10. 110

    Re: NookiesWA – Born with bad corrupt genetics? WTF!!! What is wrong with you. Im shocked that people as dumb as you are this un educated. Your a twat. Say hello to hell when your in there!!!



  11. 111

    That "Shield" plastered over both their goofy faces. does any one else find it extremely funny? LOl!!



  12. 112

    Re: mustbenargles – all I think is that the homosexuals are free to express themselves and be who they are (straight ppl do that all the time) and the homophobic parties should just screw themselves and stand it, if they put up a fight it just makes gay ppl more repressive and more into the "victim" role!, so yeah stopping the hate against gays will stop the gay rampage we have been having lately



  13. 113

    Re: HeatherIsOnFire – No just sick of you



  14. 114

    Re: A Voice of Sanity – yet you are always on this site - such a hypocrite - Don't worry about the gays cause you're probably to ugly to fuck - stupid as well



  15. 115

    Re: HollywoodPrincess – Scientifically speaking YES it is. You cannot argue science. Being gay is a mental disorder. A chemical imbalance in the brain to causes the same sex to be attracted to each other. It's not different than being mentally handicapped or born with no limbs. It's a genetic DISORDER. You can try to find ways to argue it but it will always be WRONG. hence why theres only a small percentage of gays. Fuck gays.



  16. 116

    Re: NookiesWA – dude you are sooooooooo gay..classic closet case

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