Co-op lads’ mags cover-up is branded ‘insane’
THE Co-op has banned three publications from its shelves from today as part of its campaign to cover up lads’ mags.
Loaded, Nuts and Zoo have been removed from the company’s 4,000 stores for refusing to be sold in the proposed “modesty bags” — and are being replaced by Golf Monthly, Q and Cycling Active.
The Midweek and Sunday Sport newspapers are also being pulled from all Co-operative stores, however Loaded magazine has agreed to be sold in the opaque bags.
The news has angered Radcliffe glamour model Rhian Sugden, who told The Bolton News it was “censorship gone crazy”.
Former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Miss Sugden, aged 26, said: “I find it insane that the Co-op is going to ban lads’ magazines but they’re okay with the women’s gossip magazines showing girls in bikinis, calling celebs fat or anorexic, nit picking and circling women’s flaws.
“They’re also okay with newspapers that have the words ‘rape’ and ‘paedos’ scrawled across the front, but lads magazines with a girl in a bikini covering herself needs to be hidden away?
“I appreciate that parents don’t want their children to see nudity, but I think it’s out of order that they’re choosing to penalise the lads’ mags when there are more disturbing images on other publications and the internet.
“Obviously it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if you don’t like it, don’t look at it, simple as that. The world is going censorship crazy.“ Steve Murrells, chief executive retail for The Co-operative Group, defended the move.
He said: “As a community-based retailer, we have listened to and acted upon the concerns of our customers and members, many of whom said they objected to their children being able to see overt sexual images in our stores.
“We believe individual, sealed modesty bags are the most effective way of addressing these concerns, so we will no longer be stocking the titles that have failed to meet our request.”
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