Shape Magazine's Apology: Good Idea, or Who Cares?
This week has been the week of back peddling for the media world. First there was the controversy of Marie Claire's blog on the show Mike and Molly and now, Shape is apologizing for putting LeAnn Rimes on its October cover.
"You are all in good company...as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover," Valerie Latona, editor-in-chief wrote in an email to readers, obtained by TooFab. "Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal, but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment."
Yikes! Those are some harsh (though true) words and we admit, as we passed the cover on newsstands we thought it was an odd choice for a cover, especially since the scandal was well circulated among the media. But if her story is relevant to the magazine's mission (exercising and eating healthy), and it portrays how these practices got her through a difficult life experience, should it be included?
We're torn on the matter. Is it fair to only pay attention to stories of women who have been scorned and have used things like diet and exercise to get through a dark period in their life and come out on the other end, or is it the magazine's right to objectively portray everyone as long as it's relevant to their mission statement so that readers can get a full 360 approach? Though we wouldn't necessarily let her near or husband or boyfriend at a dinner party, we couldn't help but think when we glanced at the cover, "Man, she does look pretty damn good." Tell us your thoughts below was the apology needed, or will you be stealing her flat stomach tricks?
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