Remember that beautiful US Weekly magazine coverphoto that we got to see last week that introduced to the world Elton John and husband David Furnish‘s newborn baby boy Zachary Jackson Levon? Yeah, well a grocery store chain in Arkansas called Harps believes that coverphoto of the happy family should be censored so as to “protect young” shoppers from seeing it.
Harps – a grocery store chain in Arkansas – appears to have censored last week’s Us Weekly Magazine cover featuring Elton John and David Furnish’s new baby. The above photo was brought to CoverAwards by earsucker, which picked it up from this tweet. I’ve made numerous calls to the chains PR rep – who so far refuses to comment on the chain’s ridiculous behavior. What I’ve been told is the company has received 50 calls this morning alone – and now the PR director is only accepting voice mails. I also spoke to an individual inside the actual Arkansas Harps’ store – who did confirm that the cover was at one point covered – which confirms the actual above picture is real. Want to express your outrage? Call 870-425-6556.
As unsurprised by this kind of homophobia in this country, I am always saddened by it. It is completely dumbfounding to me how the sight of a happy family could be considered harmful to anyone:
While our country continues to make great strides in equal treatment of all, this is a sober reminder that we still have so far to go. We don’t have Harps stores here in SoCal but if I did live in a city where Harps operates, you can be assured that I would never spend a penny in their stores ever again. IMHO, young Harps shoppers do need to be protected, tho … protected from this sort of intolerance and ignorance.
UPDATE: Harps Grocery Store issued a statement announcing their reversal over the decision to censor this issue of US Weekly. For me, it is very important for the company to publicly acknowledge their wrongdoing. I sincerely hope something like this will never happen again … but, we’ll just have to see about that.