It’s Tackalicious: 9 Controversial Magazine Covers That Meant Well, But Turned Out To Be Big FAILS

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November 7, 2012 ‐ By IndigoBlack

Who doesn’t know that controversy sells? Controversial videos get clicks (Ciara’s “Ride,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid H*e” get banned from BET, but were big hits online), controversial movies sell tickets (Passion of the Christ anyone?), and controversial music can’t be turned away from. And yes, even magazines that do the most sell many copies, and if that’s not enough, they remain in people’s memories a lot longer than a tame cover (Who remembers a Rolling Stone cover with Usher versus the iconic cover with Janet Jackson’s husband holding her boobs??). Some controversial covers are made infamous because of overreactions by a few, but sometimes, they’re made infamous because they honestly weren’t the best idea in the first place. This slideshow is a mix of both. Check out these covers and tell us if these publications had the game all wrong, or if people were just tripping as usual. And of course, be prepared to click!

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  • Candacey Doris

    Why i saw the 50cent/soulja boy cover i immediately though “this is it. He’s come out of the closet and proclaimed himself an as$ bandit. He even has a mask”. I was so disappointed when i read the magazine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/expressionsb Expressions Bailey

    that breast-feeding shot reminds last me of something special victims unit needs to attend to immediately…ugh!

  • J A SASSY aka salon22w

    the whole images are tacky, from the idiot breastfeeding mom with that big ol boy to the one of lebron with the w girl.. like the king kong image.. blk people dont you see what they are doing.. trying to break up the blk man/blk woman bond by putting those w women with blk men.. and you know those women will try to bring the s e x to the stage.. look a t kelly ripa all over mike strahan… and a few other blk announcers sitting next to blonde w women.. you see what their doing!

    • mspurplerain

      I agree. I was just discussing this with a friend of mine. Those are subliminal messages to destroy the union of blk man/blk woman even more!

  • LYRICS

    I REALLY HOPE THAT’S HER “REAL” SON SUCKIN’ HER TIDDAY LIKE THAT!!!??? THE FIDDY, SB COVER (TILL THIS DAY) MAKES ME LAUGH HYSTERICALLY!!! DIDN’T THEY SEE “WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE”!!?? LMAO!! YA, THEY DID MARY “DIRTY” SHE DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE HERSELF! I THINK GABBY’S COVER WAS JUST “DONE 2 BE DONE” B/C SHE WAS HIGHLY TALKED ABOUT DUE 2 HER “PRECIOUS” ROLE, SO NO THOUGHT OR REAL “STYLING” WAS DONE! BTW, WHERE IS SHE!!!???

  • Peaches

    Maybe because I am not American I do not get what is wrong with the Beyonce photo spread. I actually think it looks very beautiful and artistic.
    And before anyone takes any shots at me I am a black South African female. But I honestly do not get it. That is some beautiful imagery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

    i like nene’s cover. a diva bathing i diamonds.

    lol at the rappers’ cover. looks like a p##n dvd.

    of course,i find nothing wrong with the woman breast-feeding her child. many women,around the world,breast-feed their children longer than what many westerners think is “normal”. as long as a woman’s lactating,i think that is how long she should breas-feed her child-(ren)

  • chanela

    all i wanna know is.. wth is wrong with soulja boy’s hairline? WTH

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43001931 Crystal Smith

    the breast feeding mom still shocks me every time I see it…lol

    • KalifaWilliams

      because it’s perverse

  • Yay!

    Whoa, Mary…uuuf… Bey was definitely having a dumb blonde wig moment with that magazine shoot. All colors can be found in every culture on the continent of Africa. No need to “blacken-up”, dear. Reggie is the ONLY male to get dragged out of Essence by black woman lol… Even with his shirt half off…shame. Vogue was only showing what most people think of Bron when the news cameras are starin up his nostrils in the post game interview, IMO:)

    • Cleo

      I spit out my juice over the Lebron comment you ain’t right lmao

  • Cleo

    All I can do is shake my head! They too wrong for putting Reggie on essence cover, and gabby…..girl.

  • Meyaka

    Tacky,tackiness all across . I would have never agreed to do the beyonce and lebron cover,I would have never agreed to it.

  • IllyPhilly

    Yeah, there were a few WTF moments on this list.