Sainsbury’s criticised for placing ‘modesty cover’ over gay lifestyle magazine but not FHM
Thursday 9 Jul 2015 12:32 pm
Sainsbury’s have been criticised for placing a copy of gay lifestyle magazine Attitude magazine behind a modesty cover, whilst making no effort to conceal FHM.
This apparent bias was highlighted when twitter user Jon Rowles tweeted a picture of the magazine rack in Sainsbury’s Mid City Place branch in Holborn, London, along with the comment, ‘Why I don’t shop @sainsburys anymore. Naked women OK but @AttitudeMag Pride Hero’s cover indecent.’
Furthermore, whilst the FHM cover in question features a bikini-clad woman, everyone on the cover of August’s Attitude magazine (which happens to be their Pride Heroes edition) is fully clothed.
Talking to Pink News, Mr Rowles explained: ‘What struck me was how it made the publication look seedy and somehow shameful, like I had walked into a timewarp and gone back to the early 1990s.’
contacted Sainsbury’s for a comment, and a spokesperson told us: ‘We have previously contacted the distributor of Attitude magazine with a view to remove the modesty cover on this title. The distributor agreed that whilst the cover of this magazine is now generally suitable for display, there could be future issues where it may not be. This is something we regularly review along with taking guidance from the Professional Publishers Association.’
They also explained that on this occasion FHM has been placed on a lower shelf by mistake, and that it should be displayed further back where the cover is less visible