FHM Phillipines has Pulled the cover of its March 2012 issue from the stands after accusations of racism.
FHM is the country’s top-selling magazine for men. In the March issue, light skinned actress, Bela Padilla was featured standing in front of two black models accompanied by the caption “stepping out of the shadows”.
To deal with the huge criticism the magazine was receiving, the local publisher Summit Media was left with no choice but to issue an apology, pull the edition from circulation as well as promise to print a new cover that will feature Padilla. A statement from the company read, “in our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive.” In the Philippines, The company publishes more than 20 magazines.
According to the New York Times, the photo of swimsuit-clad Filipino actress Bela Padilla immediately met backlash from readers and social media users who argue the photo is racist and insensitive. “Seriously, did you guys not sense how racist this concept was?” writes one user on the magazine’s Facebook page.
Below is the new cover that replaced the old version after the backlash. What do you think about this FHM cover? Do you find it to be racist? Share your views by leaving a comment.