“This content is rated N, for ‘Nobody.’ The images and text within are not appropriate for any viewer and therefore will be suppressed.”
That’s the message implicit in the action take by a Publix supermarket in Lee County, Fla., which placed a sheet of frosted white laminate over an issue of the National Enquirer on a display rack that bears a photograph of President-elect Donald Trump, along with the headline “Trump Takes Charge.”
According to Fox affiliate WFTX the “censor screen” is generally reserved for print material with inappropriate language or pictures.
Customers were baffled by the store’s action. “I was flabbergasted. I was amazed. I couldn’t believe it,” said shopper Walter Indyk. “I was like ‘This guy’s going to be the President. They have the nerve to cover his picture up at the check out aisle?'”
That sentiment was echoed by Rachael McDonnell, who said, “”I don’t understand what is trying to be protected here. Whether everybody likes it or not, Trump is the President-elect.”
The store manager told reporters the decision was corporate-wide, prompting the station to take the matter to a higher authority, which released a statement reading in part:
The National Enquirer receives the most customer complaints about front page content, so they were added to the list of magazines required to be covered, just last week.