When I found this article, I was intrigued and interested. This is a list of the 11 Most Controversial Magazine Covers that have kept people talking. It wasn’t a surprise to find that most of these covers “poked fun at” or imitated religion, which is ideally what make them controversial.
Have you ever heard the saying that any publicity is good publicity? Well in this case, I think that is somewhat true. Controversy is what sells in today’s time. Among today’s reality TV stars and celebrity scandals, people are so much after controversy that it doesn’t matter whether they are getting a positive makeover, or getting popular in a negative manner.
These covers have caused quite the commotion among the public, but also helped to increase these magazines sales.
- Rolling Stone: Kanye West poses as Jesus
- Time magazine: Is God Dead?
- Entertainment Weekly: Three Chicks in Trouble
- NME’s: Beth Ditto as Editorial Model
- New Humanist Magazine: Atheist Ricky Gervais Crucified
- Rolling Stone: Cast of ‘True Blood’
- Vogue Enfants: 10 year old Model
- Life Magazine: Vietcong Prisoner
- Vogue: Lady Gaga
- Golfweek: William Levitt: caught in a noose
- The Nation Magazine: George. W. Bush
First, the Rolling Stone’s cover of Kanye West posing as Jesus…. In the magazine’s description of this cover, it describes West as “full of contradictions” and “the most important new pop star of the 2000s”. It also said that he was a character who made the mainstream come to him, rather than the other way around.
Whether his music is great or not, that doesn’t mean people glorify him as they do Jesus (or their God of choice). I believe that Rolling Stone chose this image because of his belief in Jesus and some of the song choices that he has produced. They could’ve also chosen such a controversial cover because they wanted to ……create controversy. Whatever the reason, there was a significant purpose behind the decision. Like I’ve mentioned before, nothing in design is ever arbitrary.
Secondly, what were they thinking when The New Humanist magazine featured atheist Ricky Gervais in a pose as if he was crucified. There is no question why this cover is controversial. The star is posed with this arms wrapped around a microphone pole (with his wrists wrapped in the cord) and the word atheist word on his chest in what appears to be blood.
So why is an atheist posed as Jesus? Doesn’t that mock Christianity? In my opinion, this was a poor choice for a cover. The magazine could’ve shown his sacrilegious beliefs in some other way.
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