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.
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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