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message 1: by Ranata (new)


Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejael) | 182 comments My friend and I was just talking about this cover. She was upset saying " I don't want my kid seeing this on display at a market". I told her I am tired of people yelling about " Oh the kids" when something like this pops up. I mean come on! Yes kids will see this but it's no different than what all the other mags put on their covers. I think we need to stop yelling " Oh the Kids" and start parenting and monitoring. I know it's hard but come on when did it become the media job to limit what your kids see. I liked the cover and thought it was no worse then when Janet had the guy hands covering her breast or the Pregnant and half naked Demi Moore cover. It shouldn't be too surprising that rolling stones has a cover like this i mean that is the same mag that had a naked Eminem covering his junk and Let's not get into the Lady Gag one. SMh So I don't see the big problem.


message 3: by Sandra (last edited Aug 22, 2010 12:16PM) (new)

Sandra (sandram1967) | 67 comments Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ wrote: "My friend and I was just talking about this cover. She was upset saying " I don't want my kid seeing this on display at a market". I told her I am tired of people yelling about " Oh the kids" when ..."

You are so right! I don't think I'm going to be able to buy it. The stores around me don't have it in and have probably censored what they will carry. A-holes!


message 4: by Sherri (new)

Sherri (sherrij2003) I get it in the mail so I'm lucky. I personally love the cover but I know some who think it is disturbing... and like a previous poster said about people crying that the kids are going to see it... these are probably the same people whose tween daughters have half naked pics of Taylor Lautner on their bedroom walls.


message 5: by Sandra (last edited Aug 22, 2010 07:22PM) (new)

Sandra (sandram1967) | 67 comments It is really irratiting that they compare it to Twilight. WTF....Sookie Stackhouse novels were out years before Twilight, as well True Blood was on TV before Twilight movies. WTF is wrong with these fuc*ing idiots that report.
As well the comment about the "other naked man" Well duhhhhhhh if you watched the damn show you'd know why she is sandwiched between the two men.


message 6: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Totally irritating that anyone would compare Twilight to Sookie Stackhouse. I would punch their light out! The only similarity in the books is there are vampires in them. Plus I would not call the beings in Twilight vampires. Oh the poor kids. It's just tearing my heart out. Feed the poor kids to Russell, LOL. :)


message 7: by Heather (new)

Heather Book Savvy Babe (booksavvybabe) | 41 comments i bought this magazine from the supermarket. It wasn't prominently on display or anything, just there in the 3rd row of mags….I was fine with that…if you like rolling stone, you know where it is, and if you didn't want your kids to see it, they didn't have too (unless they were teenage boys searching the racks for these type of pics)


Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejael) | 182 comments LOL @ Feed the kids to Russell. I again Trueblood is not for kids nor is it in anyway Twilight. I hate that everythig vampire is being held to a Twilight standard. It's just ridiculous. Vamps were sexy, deadly, and bloodthirsty before Twilight so why not after. I really think the nudity isn't the proble, it's the blood. I doubt people would be so outraged if it was a sparkly half naked Edward on the cover.


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (emoonae) | 225 comments I just don't see the big deal. Aside from the obviously photoshopped bits of "blood" on their faces, I thought that cover image was brilliant!

The "Twilight porn" and "Twilight for adults" comments really bothered me, too. I happen to love Twilight, but society's/the media's/fundamentalists' constant comparison of the Twilight movies and True Blood in these and similar derogatory tones shows a level of ignorance that is arbitrary and offensive.

And porn? I'm sorry, but *ahem* when was the last time these people watched porn? OK, so maybe there are a few scenes that a portion of the viewership might find a little disturbing, but I'm willing to bet that not all of those scenes involve sex.

That Antonio guy from Access Hollywood mentioned that the picture "depicts what the show's all about" because the actors are "running around naked all the time." What a small-minded remark! Maybe I'm just desensitized from years of watching HBO on Sundays, but I don't really notice the nudity that much.

And let's not worry so much about the kids...I mean, if you have kids and don't want them to see this magazine, by all means, worry about them. Personally, I am a childless librarian and while we carry Rolling Stone at the library where I work, I have no intention of worrying about anyone's kids stumbling across it.

Also, did I miss the werewolf gang rape scene that this Kristin Dos Santos person alluded to in the video? Either there wasn't one or I've just blocked it from my memory...but I'd betcha a whole nickel that there wasn't one. :-)


message 10: by Jessie (new)

Jessie | 142 comments UM...I don't remember the alleged werewolf gang rape scene either. The only think I think she may be referring to is when they branded Debbie in the bar and they all carried her crowd surfing style etc.

You know what really bothers me about people making such a big deal about this is "Hello....this is Fantasy...Vampires and werewolves aren't real" (at least not that we have discovered yet...LOL) Look at the other shows that HBO as put out like the Sopranos. I think that kind of real life violence is far more disturbing than us escaping to our twisted preverted and luscious vampire fairy land!!!!


message 11: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (nlojeda) | 471 comments Mod
Was at Borders today in Silver Spring, MD (Metro DC area) and had to ASK for the issue. They had it behind the counter! It was still facing the customers though so it's not like they were sparing any customers a glance!


message 12: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) lmao @ feed the kids to Russell. I agree, Cary!


message 13: by Jessie (new)

Jessie | 142 comments @ Nicole. Seems to me Borders did that on purpose so more people would see the cover and want to buy it. Putting it behind the registers guarantees that everyone who checks out sees it as not everyone goes into the magazine section. I am sure there are True Blood fans out there that didn't know in advance about the cover/feature. Though that also guarantees that all the kids will see it too....!


message 14: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) The Were wolf gang rap scene was when Sookie got drug into the back room of Lou Pines by Cooter, who was followed by the rest of his crew. Then she got rescued by Lou and Alcide if I remember right. Anyway Sookie did not get raped. I loved it when she shot Cooter he was such a hick. :)


message 15: by Christy (new)

Christy | 127 comments "They killed my Cooter!!" hehehe


message 16: by Starling (new)

Starling I saw the cover in the library this week. Right out in the open in the library magazine section in a library where the division between the children's room and the adult "room" is a waist high bookcase.

All the "important bits" are covered. The hand covering the upper "important bits" is the husband's hand. Frankly it isn't any more outrageous than other things I've seen on magazine covers over the last 50 years.


message 17: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) The Rolling Stone cover is very tastefully done. It shows the beautiful human form off just wonderfully without exposing any objectionable parts. It looks like three people who really love each other, covered with the blood of life. Beautiful Art :)


message 18: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Word it looks like three naked people, parts covered, lovingly holding each other, and covered in pancake syrup. Pretty nice and homey to me. :)


message 19: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (brodyxsmom) I agree. I really don't see what the big deal is. I have a subscription and a 6 year old son who knows that I love anything about zombies, vampires, etc. He saw the cover and we talked about it. What's so wrong about having a healthy conversation about what is appropriate for adults and not appropriate for children without having to protect kids from the world?


Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess I agree, I watched the video and the reporters just seemed ignorant, sloppy, and misinformed. Like an earlier poster said, if they had done their research and watched the show themselves, they wouldn't be making false allegations. The cover is no big deal, I've seen worse from Rolling Stone and if parents are worried, you should be mature enough to discuss with your children appropriateness like Michelle did. Monitor what your kids watch on tv and what movies they see. It's not that hard.

I was really disturbed by the head twisting sex scene with Bill and Lorena. That was a bit too much for me, but other than that, this season has been somewhat milder than the previous two. People just need to keep their mouths shut when they don't know what they are talking about. I'm sure if Stephen Moyer had a problem with the cover and sharing Anna in it, he would have said something and it would've been different. Get over it. They are consenting adults taking a picture.


message 21: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sandram1967) | 67 comments Jess wrote:I was really disturbed by the head twisting sex scene with Bill and Lorena. That was a bit too much for me "i>

That scene really bothered me too and I'm pretty open about stuff.



message 22: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) Yeah Bill was pretty pissed at being forced to make love with her. It wasn't pretty. But that's what I like about TrueBlood. They are not afraid of shocking your sensitivity a bit. I am sure that there were a lot of straight people who, when Talbot with Eric on his back,said "oooh baby give it to me." got a little discusted. I think the bottle of red goo that Russell caries around is hilarious.


Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess Cary wrote: "Yeah Bill was pretty pissed at being forced to make love with her. It wasn't pretty. But that's what I like about TrueBlood. They are not afraid of shocking your sensitivity a bit. I am sure that t..."

Seriously, when he pulled that thing out the first time I was like "really?" and started cracking up. That was genius. I have a very dry morbid sense of humor and that just did it for me.

Honestly, if there are straight people watching the show that have a problem with homosexuality, then they really can't complain, full well knowing that their are gay characters and the show is known for its explicitness.

Get over it.


Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess Sandra wrote: "Jess wrote:I was really disturbed by the head twisting sex scene with Bill and Lorena. That was a bit too much for me "i>

That scene really bothered me too and I'm pretty open about stuff."


Yeah, I'm pretty open too, but that just made my stomach turn. Sometimes I wonder if seeing stuff like that is desensitizing me or changing me in any way. I mean, I know its just a show and all, but I'm one of those people who can't watch slasher films and stuff without being deeply disturbed by the uncalled for violence. In True Blood, there is often a reason for the violence, and I have come to be not too bothered by it, but I still have those ewwww moments.


message 25: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (emoonae) | 225 comments Jess wrote: "Honestly, if there are straight people watching the show that have a problem with homosexuality, then they really can't complain, full well knowing that their are gay characters and the show is known for its explicitness."

A work colleague of mine told me that, after watching that scene with Eric and Talbot, her husband refused to watch the show with her anymore. I told her that I could empathize, since I'm usually in a house with two other people when I watch TB and I still watch it by myself.

However, in my case the other two people in the house don't like TB because they think it's too campy--not because they're homophobic or overly-sensitive about homosexual characters. So, in the end, it's not really the same....


message 26: by Cary (new)

Cary (Vortigern) How hilarious I bet the same guy loved the scenes with with naked girls. In true blood there's a little something for everyone. It is not a show for squares. I love it! LOL


message 27: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sandram1967) | 67 comments Cary wrote: "How hilarious I bet the same guy loved the scenes with with naked girls."

I just bet!


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) I knew there would be controversy too. My best friend LOVES this cover and told me about it before I'd heard of it. She rushed out to buy it, then advertised the fact on facebook lol


message 29: by Siempre (new)

Siempre (josiehaustin) | 91 comments Ok I agree I think people are so quick to judge something they are quick to jump on the Oh my God! train that is bad! I love the cover. My daughter saw it and it wasn't a big deal for me because while they are nude they are not showing any parts that would disturb me. She just said oh look mom it's True Blood. She wasn't like Oh my god they are naked. I didn't even have to explain it to her. We walked by and she pick up her copy of her favorite teeny bopper magazine. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. I loved the cover and bought my copy already.


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