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Britney Spears on the Cover of The Atlantic?

So Citizen and I just got our copy of The Atlantic delivered to Sugar HQ. But before we could crack it open, Pop stole it from our confused hands. I can see why they were so desperate to get at it. What in the world is Britney Spears doing on the cover of The Atlantic?!

The cover is to allegedly support a piece on paparazzi agency X17, but with the accompanying cover stories being "The Case For Polarization," and "Calcutta Rising," and "A Uranium Smuggler's Story" one has to wonder if including the former Mouseketeer's image in lieu of their usual map-collage-of-countries-in-strife pic, they might be branching out, ahem, content-wise? Or maybe it's just a very skillful parody? One wonders.

Now of course the question begs to be asked: Is Andrew Sullivan behind this somehow?

What do you think? Hottest selling issue of The Atlantic ever, or biggest sellout of the century?

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lushylashes lushylashes 9 years
never heard of the Atlantic but from the read it sounds like political or economist type mag so it seems strange that they have britney as the cover. what was the story about?
syako syako 9 years
when the new yorker has a picture of britney, i'm canceling my subscription in a heartbeat.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I was a little confused when my issue arrived too! But, the paparazzi and celeb culture seems to be gaining more and more traction in the "news" media. They usually have such nice looking covers though, and this one seemed out of place. I doubt they did it to attract new readers. I would think that most people who buy magazines because Britney is on the cover wouldn't be the type to be sucked into this magazine because their stories are longer than 100 words.
janneth janneth 9 years
Let's wait and see if it is a trend for the Atlantic. I doubt it will be. I am sure their circ is down, a la print media in general. Maybe this cover will grab some extra readers, and maybe some of them will stick.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
XpsX, The Atlantic, in my opinion, is like a mash-up of The New Yorker and the Economist. Their last cover featured a story called "Which Religion Will Win?" and was all about the battle between Christianity and Islam. They probably had to look up how to spell "Britney" to write the story. . .
mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 9 years
I just want to know about Hollywood's return to the 70's!
crazyana crazyana 9 years
grrrrrrr im SO over her!
XpsX XpsX 9 years
never read the atlantic so what's it supposed to mean when Britney is on the cover?
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I get a good chuckle whenever I see a story of Britney on FOX News or CNN. :OY:
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 9 years
Yeah, I got confused when my issue arrived as well
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Molly, you'll have to tell me how that Calcutta story turned out--because let's be real--I read Britney first :)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I prefer Brit Brit to stay where she belongs: on the covers of gossip rags and the front page of Pop. :)
redegg redegg 9 years
Never heard of the Atlantic.
Molly Molly 9 years
What are you talking about...I totally grabbed that because I couldn't wait to read Calcutta Rising... ;)
colleenb colleenb 9 years
this is definitely a parody, look at the way its styled, the way her head covers Atlantic. I'm sure they printed extra this month, anyways!
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