The most scandalous magazine covers
Scandals are for sale. Moreover, good. In the ongoing struggle in the magazine market, where the striking cover plays a huge role, these magazine covers have broken all records. Although all of these covers caused a lot of controversy for various reasons, they all attracted the attention of the public. And whether they left a negative or positive impression is up to the readers to decide.
1. Adolf Hitler: Person of the Year, 1938, Time magazine.
The cover caused a lot of controversy for obvious reasons. “Personality of the Year” is the “Time” issue, which is published once a year and is dedicated to a person, group of people or an idea that “is it good or bad that has most affected events in the year”. Here is a clipping from the magazine: “On September 29, 1938, an important event took place - four politicians met in Munich to redraw the map of Europe. Three of them were British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier and dictator Benito Mussolini from Italy. But, oddly enough, the main figure in Munich was Adolf Hitler. "
2. Nude and pregnant Demi Moore, August 1991, Vanity Fair Magazine
She was shot by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz. Demi Moore became the first celebrity to appear on the cover of a nude and pregnant magazine. Then she was 28, she was still married to Bruce Willis, and they were expecting their second child in the same month. The famous pose was later copied by other stars, including Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson.
3. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1980, Rolling Stone Magazine
Another cult photo was another Annie Leibovitz photo for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Apparently, initially Leibowitz wanted to shoot one Lennon, but he insisted on the presence of his wife. This photo was taken hours before the Lennon murder in New York on December 8, 1980.
4. “Is God dead?” - Time magazine, April 8, 1966
This title, “Did God die?” Was considered offensive by many. The article discussed the radical movement "Death of God," which appeared in the 1960s. This was also the first time that only the headline was used on the cover, without a photo. This cover brought to the editorial office of the magazine the most letters in the entire history of its existence.
5. The first African American on the cover of Playboy magazine in 1971
Darin Stern was the first African American to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine. The photo was taken by Richard Figley, at that time the choice to take a black model on the cover of the magazine was rare.
6. Prison picture of O. Jay Simpson, Time magazine, June 27, 1994
In 1994, footballer O. Jay Simpson was charged with the murder of his wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. This case was called one of the most "made public" in American history. The problem with the magazine cover is that the editors allegedly made O. Jay darker and more sinister than he really is. The unchanged image was published on the cover of Newsweek (below).
8. Obama Family, The New Yorker Magazine, July 21, 2008
The scandalous cover is a drawing of the artist Barry Blitt, who in satire presented the terrifying tactics and misinformation that were used in Obama's campaign.
9. Ellen Degeneres, TIME Magazine, April 14, 1997
At that time, the cover with the statement “Yes, I am a lesbian”, and even from a television celebrity, was more than scandalous. After that, many television channels decided to remove Ellen Degeneres from the broadcast. At that time, she was the only leading person who was not afraid to admit her homosexuality.
10. “Caught in a loop”, Golfweek magazine, January 19, 2008
The scandalous cover of Golfweek magazine came out after Kelly Tilgman, a correspondent, criticized Tiger Woods during a broadcast on January 4, 2008. To the co-host Nick Faldo’s joke that the young players should “unite against” Woods, Tilgman replied: “And arrange for him to lynch in a dark alley.” The magazine cover with an article on this subject was so criticized that the editor quit the next day.
11. Photo of the death of Michael Jackson - OK!
Weekly, June 2009
The public criticized the magazine for this supposedly last photograph of Michael Jackson during his lifetime. Allegedly, it was bought for $ 500,000 and appeared in the "official" column of the magazine. “This photo should not leave people indifferent,” said magazine editor Sarah Evens in defense. “This picture pays tribute to the great man, but also reminds us that he was eccentric and led a controversial lifestyle.”
12. Princess Diana on the cover of Newsweek, July 4, 2011
This scandalous cover of Newsweek magazine shows Princess Diana “transferred” to the cover using computer technology, next to a real photo of Katherine Middleton. Diana died in a car accident in 1997, she would have been 50 in 2011. In April 2011, Catherine Middleton married Diana's eldest son, Prince William.
13. “If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We Will Kill This Dog,” National Lampoon Magazine, January 1973
Although the cover is not as scandalous as the previous ones, it excited the public with its pronounced allusion to cruelty to animals. In addition, this is not a photo montage, so this picture so alarmed many.
14. And this interpretation of the aforementioned cover is only now with the Texas Monthly magazine and vice president Dick Cheney.
“If you don't buy this magazine, Dick Cheney will shoot you in the face.” The cover beat the unfortunate incident that happened with the vice president on the hunt.
15. First gay president, Newsweek, May 21, 2012
On this cover over the head of US President Barack Obama flaunts a nimbus of rainbow colors, symbolizing the president’s protection for gay communities and the promotion of gay marriage. The author of the article suggested that perhaps the president and himself gay?
16. Britney Spears, Rolling Stone Magazine, April 1999
Before becoming a target for the paparazzi, Britney Spears was the “queen of adolescents.” At least that's what Rolling Stone magazine called her in her April 1999 issue. In that year, many felt that this image was too adult and bold for a 17-year-old girl.
17. Silhouette of the twin towers, The New Yorker magazine, September 24, 2001
Art Spiegelman created this cover for The New Yorker magazine, where he worked for 10 years, but from which he quit a few days after the September 11 attack. At first, the cover seems completely black, but if you look closely, you can see the silhouette of skyscrapers blown up on September 11, 2001. The cover has received widespread approval and made it onto the list of 40 best covers in history.