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Three huge grocery chains (Rite Aid, Food Lion, and Hannaford) have declared that they will start censoring newsstand copies of Cosmopolitan due to the racy headlines displayed on the covers each month. In an ironic twist to the news, the Today show did a mockup of what the censorship will look like and the blinders hone completely in on the cover star's cleavage. It's actually impossible to look elsewhere:
In another ironic twist, the censorship movement is lead by Victoria Hearst, a member of the Hearst family which owns the publishing company that prints Cosmopolitan every month. "I love my family," Hearst told the New York Post. "I am not mad at anyone. This not a family feud or ‘Mommie Dearest.'" Hearst partnered up with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to roll out the campaign.
Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles has dismissed all the brouhaha as a silly, sexist campaign against the magazine. Hearst challenged her to a debate on the subject, but Coles wasn't biting. "I have no time for a debate," Coles told the NY Post. "I am too busy putting out a magazine and encouraging American women to have more and better orgasms."