Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Censorship: Under Cover

'Sainsbury’s supermarket have been forced to defend placing a modesty cover over an issue of Attitude Magazine dedicated to tackling young people’s issue and homophobic bullying. The cover, which contains a fully clothed Daniel Radcliffe, was hidden from view on a high shelf in Sainsbury’s Dalston Junction, and spotted by freelance writer Scott Bryan.
'Sainsbury’s defended the decision to So So Gay. A spokesman told us, ”Following feedback from customers we introduced modesty covers several years ago across a wide variety of magazines. This is to ensure no offence is caused to customers who may object to the images or the content on the covers of some magazines. The titles that do have modesty covers do so for every edition so no particular cover is ever singled out.”

So So Gay.
Don't say Fagburn didn't try to warn you.
Who cares who objects to a man with his shirt off, or a woman looking a bit "saucy"?
There is a concerted campaign to stop shops selling "adult" magazines with a bit of flesh.
The world has moved on, stop giving into pious prudery and trying to drag it back.
The human body is not offensive or obscene.
Anyone who thinks so is an even bigger mentalist than me.
Does Sainsburys want a list of things they sell that I find offensive?
It'd go on for days, but would probably start with every edition of The Daily Mail.
Will they cover that up?

'Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
In keeping its humanity repressed.
For once you must try not to shrink from facts;
Mankind survives... by bestial acts.'

Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera

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