Gay Parents Elton John and David Furnish Shielded from Children at Arkansas Grocery Store

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A vigilant shopper and tweeter at Harps grocery store in Mountain Home, Arkansas notes that the store wants to protect children from a magazine cover featuring gay parents.

UPDATE: Harps has removed the shield.

As you may recall, last April an Arkansas Circuit court struck down the state law banning gays from adopting or fostering children.

Comments

  1. says

    I wrote this at Joe, too, but there is no way that sign was created for that specific issue (it’s a weekly, they wouldn’t have known the cover, etc.). I’m sure the store regularly shields the tabloids and mags like COSMO because they have racy cover images and cover lines. (“Mommy, what’s an incredible orgasm?”)

    However, if it turns out that the shields are used selectively by the store, which is considering which covers might be offensive, and/or if that picture revealed other tabloids unshielded, then definitely they need to be called on it. Because there is nothing racy at all about that cover.

  2. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    I can’t get worked up over this

    If it was someone other than elton then yeah, but elton’s antics don’t shine a flatering light on the gay community

    Also if he hadn’t sung at rush limbaugh’s wedding might help

  3. Disgusted American says

    Its Arkansas….I expect nothing less then Blatant Bigotry from that state..and most that are ajoined to IT……the FLY-OVER/ and DRIVE THRU don’t STOP states (with the Most Obesity, Divorces etc)

  4. tcw says

    Andy – you’re more of a photography expert than I am, but isn’t this obviously photoshopped? The “Family Shield” text isn’t even level with the edges of the grey screen.

  5. BangBang LaDesh says

    I’d do the same. I don’t want my child seeing rich elderly white queens buying babies because they’re bored, creatively spent and have the disposable income to circumnavigate international laws.
    This is a tragedy that has nothing to do with the LGBT community, just as the Kardashians appalling expressions of bourgeois consumerism isn’t a slight against Armenians.

    Elton is not gay. He’s a rich flaming egomaniac.

    And you blind??? That pic is fake!

  6. bdslater9 says

    If def is a photoshop job, but if the shield itself is real it’s disgusting. The fact that 2 people in a seemingly committed relationship celebrating an adoption is viewed as offensive simply because they are the same sex just speaks to how ignorant and screwed up society is (regardless of your view of elton john specifically). i bet in the next aisle of the store you can buy a steven segal dvd, a shoot em up video game, and a gun & ammo – but none of that is offensive at all right?? so messed up. sickening.

  7. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    It isn’t photoshopped at an angle. Look at the row of magazines above and you’ll see the bottom of each magazine is supported by two rods. Now look at the sides of the “US” slot and you’ll see two rods. So casually drop a square piece of plastic in front of “US” and it will be supported by two rods in three possible configurations — in this case the leftmost of the bottom ones and the lower of the right-side ones. Now go back to the school where you didn’t learn geometry and demand a refund.

  8. Not Into You says

    AnnieBeav – Your math skills suck.

    Towleroad! If there is ANY question that this is fake – do you REALLY think you should post the phone number so a nation of cunti queens can harass them???

    You’re not the Advocate! Be the gay culture site with integrity…please! God knows the community needs it.

  9. Aaron says

    Think a rally should be organised of gay parent families all entering but not buying at that store…. See if they have enough family shields to “protect” kids.

    Bloody ridiculous someone would actually censor that cover

  10. phillip says

    In my opinion it’s obviously photoshopped. Plus, those magazines are routinely put behind shields in “kid friendly” lines. Though very much ill aligned, I’ve never seen one with any text like that.

  11. Steverino says

    Makes me ill, but it’s tough to prove that a shopper didn’t remove that sign from another mag and put it there–unless the store admits that this is their bigoted policy.

  12. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    NOT INTO YOU: Since this is a real-world spatial reasoning task you can model it yourself and see your error. I just hope you’re not an architect or engineer (or a carpenter, mechanic, firefighter, heavy equipment operator, casual laborer, ditch digger, or anything else but a know-nothing with an incorrect opinion).

    What amazes me is that people like you will spend thousands of hours of their lives watching CSI, Law & Order, NCIS, Bones, and every other procedural drama on television and “participate” in the fictitious investigation around a blurry, staged prop photograph, and yet here you have a perfectly clear real, actual photograph with all the evidence you need to work-out the problem and remove all doubt that it’s real, but you’d rather imagine that someone has taken the time to fake the photo (and notice the VERY subtle shadows those metal rods cast on the shield and the magazine cover!) to slander a grocery store nobody outside of Arkansas ever heard of.

    No, the store had the sheilds pre-made and somebody (possibly even a customer) dropped on in place in front of “US”.

    No conspiracy. Model it yourself.

  13. anon says

    The gray shield looks real by the text looks fake. The key to the text is that there are no continuous shadings from the gray through the text where there are shadows.

  14. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    SEAN: The real world of solid three-dimensional objects trumps the fantasyland in which you find yourself clever. You have nothing to say, yet you say it anyway.

  15. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    anastasia

    put down the bottle of liquor and open your eyes

    the letters on the left/farthest away are the same size or larger than the closest letters on the right = FRAUD

    any nit wit knows /basic art appreciation class 101 that things farther away will appear smaller not equal to or larger than that which is closer in a pic

    Look at the letters on the magazine = the farther away letters appear smaller as compared to those that are closer = real

    The letters not reflecting depth/distance from point of observation properly and that they are off kilter = they are photo shopped in

    The guard might very well be real, the words are not

    Again; not worked up over the guard because elton should be blocked out from the collective consciousness

    Time for him to retire to obscurity whoring himself to rush limbaugh for a $

  16. TJ says

    “anastasia

    put down the bottle of liquor and open your eyes

    the letters on the left/farthest away are the same size or larger than the closest letters on the right = FRAUD

    any nit wit knows /basic art appreciation class 101 that things farther away will appear smaller not equal to or larger than that which is closer in a pic

    Look at the letters on the magazine = the farther away letters appear smaller as compared to those that are closer = real

    The letters not reflecting depth/distance from point of observation properly and that they are off kilter = they are photo shopped in

    The guard might very well be real, the words are not

    Again; not worked up over the guard because elton should be blocked out from the collective consciousness

    Time for him to retire to obscurity whoring himself to rush limbaugh for a $

    POSTED BY: MSTROZFCKSLV@YAHOO.COM | JAN 26, 2011 6:51:34 PM”

    MSTROZFCKSLV@YAHOO.COM,
    You might want to know what the hell you’re talking about before you make an ass out of yourself!!!

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