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Arkansas Supermarket Protects Families From Elton John's Baby

For socially progressive individuals, living in a more conservative state presents its challenges. Last year, gay Mississippi teen Constance McMillen was ostracized by her peers and school when she tried to wear a tux to prom, but conversely was welcomed with open arms to the White House and NYC's gay pride parade. And living in a place like, say, Arkansas might mean you won't see a magazine cover with Elton John, his husband, and their newborn child because it's been covered up by a "family shield."

That's what happened to an Arkansas woman last night when she was shopping at her local Harps grocery store. But instead of letting out a sigh and moving on, she snapped this photo and used Twitter to unleash it on the Internet.

GLAAD did some investigating, speaking with a Harps executive who explained that several customers had complained about the magazine cover. I can imagine a parent complaining that this cover might prompt some uncomfortable questions from their children. But maybe if we didn't try to hide what appears to be a perfectly healthy and loving family from children, we wouldn't have to "explain" homosexuality to them later. Then parents could focus on explaining teen pregnancy, eating disorders, relationship drama, or other tabloid cover favorites to their children instead.

And can I add that if I were a kid expecting to find something like Playboy behind the family shield, I'd be pretty disappointed that all I got were two older dudes and a baby.

Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
Betty my mom's favorite line when I was growing up was "because I am (she/he is) an adult and you are not," end of conversation :p.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Hypno I take the same stance with my daughter. If she asks me something that I don't think she's old enough to know about, I tell her 'ask me when you're 10/12/whatever' and that's it. Though she definitely knows sometimes boys marry boys and girls marry girls and sometimes silly girls like running around with their boobies half hanging out. She doesn't need to know the details but there's no point in hiding it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
I agree Anon 20 that a parent should decide when to discuss any factor of life to their children. The magazine shielded or not however doesn't change that. When I was growing up when my Momma said not now, booy you better believe she meant not now, LOL, and that's all there is to it. No one is taking away your authority as a parent. As for the Market it's all about their customer base and the $ so I really can't blame them. If their base were social progressives regardless of the ownerships views they wouldn't risk offending their money maker so let's not fool our selves into thinking they're doing this for perceived moral reasons. They're protecting the bank. I was also thinking how silly it is in a media world where blatent sexuality in general and violence comes at us in countless forms 24/7 via every media imaginable to count on this one little shield to play some significant roll in defense against that perception is like trying to dry ones car in a rain storm with a paper towel. Don't fool your selves into thinking that just because you choose not to speak about sex with your children that they are not by life's circumstance learning about it elsewhere by simple observation. I've said this before take a ride in the back of a city bus when school lets out. You will hear language and explanations of sex and violence from children under the age of 10. Until we as consumers drive our media to express it self in a more tempered manner it's there at our childrens finger tips whether they ask for it or not.
GregS GregS 6 years
Anon 20... How can you get out of a supermarket line without being assaulted with sex, how to have better sex with your husband/bf, reading about who split up with whom over an indiscretion with some other actor/ess? Do you discuss these with your son? Do you discuss the teen mags that push tween/teen girls to look sexy, diet beyond all reason to the point of anorexia, hottest swimsuits for this summer, sexiest dresses for prom? Do you discuss these with him, too? Or is that heterosexual so it's OK in your book regardless? And why DON'T you discus your gay brother, his uncle, with him? Do you shield your son from your brother too? Does he even know your brother exists? Why don't you have him over for dinner or a visit? Are you ashamed of him? Is it that you think that by shielding your son from your brother he won't catch your brother's "disease"? Come on! The world is nuts. The sooner kids learn about it and learn to deal with it, the better off they, and all of us, will be. You instill your morality and values at home through your acts and your words. Part of that discussion is hopefully tolerance of persons with different ideology, values, and traditions. You tell them that they exist. Discuss them. Criticise them or praise them. All the stupid shield does is make them more curious about what's being hidden.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I love how their family shield covers up the happy family but at the top you can still see a couple babes along the the words 'pages of hot photos' and 'feuds, hookups, and fashion.' I'll be interested to see if US Weekly has anything to say about this. I imagine most companies would be pretty angry to see their product covered up like that.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 6 years
Ah yes. How dare they flaunt their anti-family values with their... family... Is there realistically anything a gay person can do that's not going to piss off some religious fanatic ?
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
Exactly fuzzles! There are some pretty scandalous US weekly covers that it's insulting to say that children need protection from this. Woah Arkansas...I don't even have any words.
myfaircady myfaircady 6 years
That's from the Harp's in my town. I never expected something like that to happen here. The stores all have those for Cosmo, but wow. I was there just two days ago and don't think it was up yet. I love my town, but now this just makes me sad.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Or ideally, be a catalyst to opening up a discussion about some families having two mommies or two daddies. One can only dream, right?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
*most of us thinks this act is. Ugh I'm thinking of two things at once.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
Well as silly as most of this thinks this act is. We can not deny that times are changing in the right direction. There was a time that that magazine would have never made the rack with that cover and there will be a time when that "family shield" will be no more over a cover like this. LOL...I'm sorry off topic. This just brought to mind me stopping at a store in a conservative Arizona town. I threw the cashier a curve ball by purchasing Ricky Martin's "Me" on clearance because no one was buying and George W. Bush's "Decision Points" she didn't know how to look at me but her reaction was hilarious.
kastarte2 kastarte2 6 years
And why would parents feel the need to complain about this photo, Dave? What about it is oh so scandalous? If they had really felt like they were going to have to explain, there is nothing on the cover keeping them from saying, "Oh, that's a Daddy, an Uncle and a baby!" :shrug: And why are Tres Sugar articles showing up in 4.0?
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Laughable. I would much rather see the Kardashians and those 7-day miracle diets shielded.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
Only the ones parents complain about.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
It's backasswards, isn't it? I don't have cable and have never seen (or wanted to) and episode of the Gosselin's show (or for that matter, The Jersey Shore and others of that ilk), but I can't grab a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs at the grocery store without being visually assaulted by images of those idiots at the checkout. And here we have a picture of a happy, beautiful family and it is covered up? *shaking head*
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
I don't know about the Gosselin family but you touch on an excellent point. Many magazine covers just like most pop media in general display blatant hetero sexuality scantily clad. I wonder if they shield all of those magazines as well.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
stephley stephley 6 years
That’s a really cute baby – probably Arkansas parents are worried their kids will decide against going for their traditional Masters degrees and opt to stay home and have little ones of their own.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Yet they probably had no problem displaying magazines with images of that cringeworthy cloud of dysfunction known as the Gosselin family. Sad, indeed.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
This makes me really sad. Especially because I'm sure this magazine often has reports on other things that may actually be harmful to a family.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
As a homosexual I think what I really object to are the words not the shield. The shield does enough ambiguously on it's own there's no need to rub it in with the words.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
this is absolutely appalling!!!
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
This is disgusting! Are you kidding me?
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