Barnes & Noble and Borders, the nation's two largest bookstore chains, have required that the magazine Dossier wrap its new issue in opaque plastic to keep customers from opening the controversial magazine in stores.
When Dossier put out their latest issue (see below image) with an androgynous image of a male model on the front cover, they expected it would make some people feel uncomfortable. However, it was unexpected for the issue to become controversial before hitting the bookshelves.
Dossier co-founder and creative director, Skye Parrott told Jezebel.com's Jenna Sauers, We knew that this cover presented a very strong, androgynous image, and that could make some people uncomfortable. That's partly why we chose it.
The requirement came as somewhat of a shock considering men are often flaunted on magazine covers wearing less than what model Andrej Pejic is wearing on Dossier's cover.
Parrott added, I've been talking to all my friends who work in magazines, and nobody I know has ever heard of anything like this happening. Especially with a guy. Guys are shirtless on magazine covers all the time.
The problem with this specific issue was that Barnes & Noble felt that the image looked like a young female model, according to Jezebel.com via Dossier's distributer.
Other international chains, including those in the UK, have not shared Barnes & Noble's and Border's sentiment.
Tell us what you think. Should the Dossier cover be censored, or is this freedom of art and expression?