Following the outcry surrounding their decision to place a “Family Shield” over an Us Weekly cover featuring Elton John, his partner David Furnish, and their new baby boy Zachary, Harps Supermarket has issued a statement.
Considering the original post featured the number of their home office as well as a direct link to their comment form, we don’t doubt Harps received plenty of feedback regarding the censored cover. The store has posted a full statement on the home page of their website, a screenshot of which we’ve included below for posterity.
While Harps didn’t exactly apologize, they explained that the Us cover was only “shielded” in one store and that all store managers are given shields to be used at their discretion.
When we began receiving complaints at our corporate office, we reviewed the magazine in question, removed the shield, and are selling the magazine today in all our locations without a shield. Our true intention is not to offend anyone in our stores and this incident happened at just one of our 65 locations, which when brought to our attention, we reversed.