Some Arizona grocery store employees have deemed that nude Jessica Simpson Elle cover too hot for the checkout aisle.
A tipster sent Jezebel this photo of Jessica's blossoming and very naked pregnant cover for sale in a market. The problem? Jess' body has been bowdlerized with a square of cardboard pleading, "PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE CARDBOARD!"
Okay. Many people also weren't so thrilled when Demi Moore did the same exact pose in 1991.
But Jessica's exposed baby bump hasn't been the first magazine cover emblazoned with a "too hot for shoppers!" scarlet letter -- even in the world of fashion mags:
- When androgynous model Andrej Pejic posed topless for the cover of Dossier magazine, some bookstore chains polybagged the issues before putting them on shelves, leading to cries of censorship.
- Grocery store censors struck again in Arkansas, after a "family shield" was placed in front of a 2011 Us Weekly cover that starred Elton John and his partner David Furnish with their new son Zachary.
- A Q magazine cover depicted a Lady Gaga who was much too topless for some newsstands.
- That sexy Jennifer Aniston GQ cover -- remember? Where she's wearing the red and blue tie and nothing else? -- was obscured with a piece of paper in the window of the Hudson News terminal in Grand Central.
- And another GQ cover, this one from 2009 and featuring a naked Sacha Baron Cohen as his character Bruno also got shelved behind a nudity-shielding piece of plastic.
- Finally, the launch of the iPad was bad news for several fashion and entertainment magazines due to Apple's strict "no nipples" policy, which forced many mags to pull topless or racy photos from their edgier spreads.
As long as people are ditching their clothes to sell magazines, we're guessing America's lust for censoring them won't be dimming.
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