Singer Lily Allen says she is
'speechless' over a grocer's decision to conceal the cover of this
week's Us Weekly magazine, which featured singer Elton John
and his partner David Furnish holding their newborn baby Zachary.
“Speechless about that Elton thing,”
Allen tweeted to her more than 2.5 million followers along with a
link to an article about the incident on UK daily The Guardian.
Grocer Harps had placed a “family
shield” over the magazine to block from view the cover photo of Sir
Elton and his family. “Family Shield. To protect young Harps
shoppers,” the shield said.
In a statement released on Wednesday,
Harps Food Stores President & COO Kim B. Eskew explained that
only 1 store out of 65 had concealed the cover.
Eskew added that the manager at their
Mountain Hope, Arkansas store acted after receiving “some
A photo of the censored magazine was
first tweeted by user JennHudd
– later identified as Jennifer Huddleston – on Wednesday morning.
“This was taken at my local grocery
store,” she tweeted. “I was shocked and horrified.”
In a later tweet, she adds, “It's
over all the covers of that magazine (at every register). The other
magazines aren't covered.”
“I love Arkansas. I hate to see this
sort of thing happen here or anywhere,” she said in another tweet,
in which she encouraged followers to complain to the grocery chain.
Harps is located in Arkansas, Oklahoma