Remarkably, an Elton John baby magazine cover was censored by placing a plastic “Family Shield” over the magazine rack at one supermarket in Arkansas. It was removed, but the incident got major media attention and buzz on the internet.
The US Weekly cover features a picture of Elton John, civil partner David Furnish and their new baby born by surrogate mother Zachary. One Harps supermarket chain store (60 stores in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma) censored it by placing a “Family Shield To protect young Harps shoppers” plastic cover in front of the magazine rack.
After first answering with “no comment” the shield has been apparently removed.
A twitter message went out to celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper and Neil Patrick Harris, asking them to bring attention to the matter.
PopEater’s – Naughty But Nice – Rob Shuter reported that the cover sold poorly and he wondered if America was ready for “two men and a baby.” He said, “We can let out families watch ‘Jersey Shore’ but not see a picture of Elton, his partner and their beautiful baby boy.”
Apparently, every Harps store is equipped with plastic shields they put up on a store-by-store basis whenever customers complain about the content of a magazine cover.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s son was born by surrogate mother on Christmas Day, 12/25/2010. Zachary is the first child for Sir Elton John, 62 and Furnish, 48. They have been married since 2005 and have lived together for 12 years.
Back in October actor Neil Patrick Harris and boyfriend David Burtka had twins (a boy and a girl) by surrogate mother. Remarkably, the procedure saw each of their sperm father a child probably using in vitro fertilization then implanting the eggs in the mothers womb. You can read an article I wrote about that miraculous event if you google “Neil Patrick Harris & How I Met Your Surrogate Mother” or go to my web site.
We are a California commercial surrogacy agency.
Let’s not stand in the way of our citizen’s right to happiness.
No mater what their sexual orientation.
I also want to mention the absolute stone age treatment of Islamic women in many regions of the world. Women are still being treated as second class citizens in the Muslim faith. They are not allowed to have their own life, vote and other freedoms of their male counterparts. They are treated as slaves and not allowed to drive a car, vote, go out with their friends and are still being stoned to death for adultery. My belief is breaking this barrier would go a long way toward easing tensions and reversing Islamic extremes troubling modern day society. Women want a better world for their children. Help Muslim women win their freedom and liberty and they will help mankind. Lobby for their emancipation!
Copyright 2011 by Delwyn Lounsbury
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