Top Shelf trauma

'Won't someone think of the children?!' It's a common cry that can be heard over many states of America as kids are subjected to easy access to online porn, bad sex education and magazines depicting gay couples bringing up surrogate babies. Hold on a minute, is the last issue worthy of censorship by a major family store in America?

The answer is apparently 'yes' as one particular branch of the Harps chain, located in Arkansas, America took it upon itself to hide the cover of the latest US Weekly magazine with a decency shield, used to protect innocents from the big busty boobs and bottoms that usually inhabit the top shelf of magazine stores. The cover of this magazine: Elton John with his partner and new born surrogate baby, Pinknews reveals.

'Harps said at first that they had no opinion on the matter but company president Kim Eskew later said the shield had been removed. 'In this case our store manager received some complaints and, as has been our custom, placed the shield over the cover of the magazine,' she said. 'When we began receiving complaints at our corporate office, we reviewed the magazine in question, removed the shield and are selling the magazine in all our locations today without any shield.'

How such offensive images on magazines such as Jeremy Clarkson's visage on TopGear magazine don't get shield-covers is beyond us.

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