A US supermarket has censored an innocuous magazine cover which depicts Elton John, his partner John Furnish and their surrogate son, apparently as a result of customer complaints.
Jennifer Huddleston posted a picture on Twitter of the Us Weekly magazine covered by a “Family Shield” intended to “protect young shoppers” at a Harps supermarket in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
According to Aaron McQuade, Associate Director of National News at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Harps has confirmed the incident.
The supermarket chain said that it was up to each store to use the family shield when it was deemed appropriate. The Mountain Home branch had apparently received “several” complaints about the magazine and had reacted by covering it with the shield.
Harps Corporate Executive Assistant Marty Yarborough said that the branch’s action is “in no way our opinion on this issue”, added, ”we do not have an opinion on this issue”.
Yarborough claimed that the shield had been removed but this has not yet been confirmed.