An upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine features True Blood actors Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard nude and covered in blood. Risqué magazine covers are nothing new, and this one should come as no surprise. True Blood itself is a risqué show about sex and the supernatural. Why wouldn’t a Rolling Stone article feature risqué pictures? It’s bound to cause controversy, especially to those knowing little about the show. The fact that the three actors are covered in blood is bound to make some uncomfortable.
Rolling Stone is known to feature nude or nearly nude celebrities on its covers. In fact, less than a month ago, Lady Gaga appeared on the cover wearing nothing more than ammunition. This was also her second cover, her first featuring strategically placed bubbles. Anyone remember Britney Spears’ debut RS cover? Although not nude or even almost nude, a bare belly and short skirt caused quite the controversy, especially since the star was then underage. Upon the release of her second album, Stripped, Christina Aguilera wore nothing more than a guitar and hair extensions.
Rolling Stone cemented itself in rock music history with its nude John Lennon cover, featuring the late musician naked and embracing wife Yoko Ono. Other magazines such as GQ and Vanity Fair have also featured nude cover models. In fact, the latest cover of Vanity Fair features a nude Lady Gaga. It gained notoriety for featuring a nude and pregnant Demi Moore on its cover in the early 1990s. The magazine caused controversy last year when teenage singer and actress Miley Cyrus was featured on the cover wearing only a bed sheet. This caused a lot of bad press for the singer; her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who appeared in the magazine spread; and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Rather than being shocked, people should just not be surprised. Nudity on magazine covers is commonplace now. It’s just not reserved for Playboy and Hustler anymore. For anyone not shocked by the cover, the possible only thought could be how the actors washed the (fake) blood off. In regard to the show’s reputation, this cover only serves as a reminder of how sexual and intriguing the show is. If anything, it could garner some more viewers. Could you really expect anything else in a magazine cover, especially from Rolling Stone? The magazine practically invented the market for risqué magazine covers. What is controversial is that anyone still sees this as controversial at all.
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