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Thu 27 Jan, 2011
By Sam Bristowe

When we began receiving complaints at our corporate office

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A US store has backtracked its decision to hide the front cover featuring Elton John and David Furnish holding their new born son and issued an official statement to help mend the fury caused worldwide by the decision to brand same-sex parents as wrong.

US supermarket giant Harps has released a statement after the the Arkansas branch decided to cover the front cover of US weekly from shoppers view at the magazine stand as it featured music superstar Elton John and husband David Furnish with their son.

President Kim B. Eskew released 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.”


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