The most scandalous magazine covers
Scandals are sold. And good. In the ongoing struggle in the magazine market, where eye-catching 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 public attention. And whether they left a negative or positive impression, the readers decide.
1. Adolf Hitler: Personality of the Year, 1938, Time Magazine.
The cover caused a lot of controversy for obvious reasons. “Personality of the Year” is the “Time” number, which is published once a year and is dedicated to a person, a group of persons or an idea that “well or badly had the greatest impact on the events of the year”. Here is a clipping from the magazine: “On September 29, 1938, an important event occurred - 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 filmed by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz. Demi Moore was the first celebrity who appeared on the cover of a magazine naked and pregnant. She was 28 then, she was still married to Bruce Willis, and they were expecting their second child in the same month. Other stars later copied the famous pose, including Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson.
3. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1980, Rolling Stone Magazine
Another more iconic was another photo of Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Apparently, initially Leibowitz wanted to make Lennon alone, but he insisted on the presence of his wife. This photo was taken a few hours before the assassination of Lennon in New York on December 8, 1980.
4. “Is God Dead?” - Time Magazine, April 8, 1966
This headline “Did God die?” Was considered by many to be offensive. The article discussed the radical death of God movement that emerged in the 1960s. It was also the first time that only the heading was used on the cover, without a photo. This cover brought to the editors of the journal the most letters in the entire history of its existence.
5. First African American on the cover of Playboy magazine in 1971
Darin Stern became the first African American woman to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine. The photo was made by Richard Figley, at that time the choice to take on the cover of a magazine a dark-skinned model was rare.
6. O. Jay Simpson's prison picture, Time magazine, June 27, 1994
In 1994, football player 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 "publicized" in American history. The problem with the cover of the magazine is that the editors allegedly made O. Jay darker and more sinister than he really is. The unchanged picture was published on the cover of Newsweek (below).
8. The Obama Family, The New Yorker Magazine, July 21, 2008
The scandalous cover is a drawing by the artist Barry Blitt, who in satire presented intimidating tactics and misinformation that were used in Obama's election 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 TV channels decided to remove Ellen DeGeneres from the air. At that time, she was the only leader who was not afraid to admit her homosexuality.
10. “Caught in the loop”, Golfweek magazine, January 19, 2008
The scandalous cover of Golfweek magazine came out after Kelly Tilgman reporter criticized Tiger Woods during the broadcast of the tournament on January 4, 2008. In a joke of co-host Nick Faldo that young players should "unite against" Woods, Tilgman replied: "And arrange him a mob trial in a dark alley." The magazine cover with an article on this topic was so criticized that the editor quit the next day.
11. Photo of the death of Michael Jackson - the magazine “OK!
Weekly, June 2009
The public criticized the magazine for this supposedly last photograph of Michael Jackson during her 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 Sarah Ivens, editor of the magazine in defense. “This picture pays tribute to a great man, but also reminds him 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 depicts Princess Diana, “transferred” to the cover with the help of computer technology, next to a real photo of Catherine Middleton. Diana died in a car accident in 1997, in 2011 she would have been 50. In April 2011, Catherine Middleton married the eldest son of Diana, Prince William.
13. “If you do not 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 hint of cruelty to animals. In addition, this is not a photomontage, so this picture is so disturbed by many.
14. And this interpretation of the above cover is only now with 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 to the vice president on the hunt.
15. The first gay president, Newsweek, May 21, 2012
On this cover above the head of US President Barack Obama there is a nimbus of rainbow colors, symbolizing the president’s patronage of the gay community and the promotion of same-sex marriage. The author of the article suggested that perhaps the president and the gay himself?
16. Britney Spears, Rolling Stone Magazine, April 1999
Before being targeted by the paparazzi, Britney Spears was the “teenage queen”. At least that's what the magazine “Rolling Stone” called it in its issue in April 1999. In that year, many thought that this image was too adult and brave for a 17-year-old girl.
17. Silhouette of twin towers, The New Yorker, September 24, 2001
Art Spiegelman created this cover for the magazine The New Yorker, in which he worked 10 years, but from which he retired a few days after the September 11 terrorist attack. At first, the cover seems to be completely black, but, looking closely, you can see the silhouette of the skyscrapers exploded on September 11, 2001. The cover received universal approval and made the list of the top 40 covers in history.