FHM pulls racy racist cover image in Philippines
FHM in the Philippines have had to apologise for their publishing equivalent of blacking up. The magazine has pulled an issue with a racist front cover.
The cover showed Filipino actress Bella Padilla, a pale skinned beauty, surrounded by three other black models. Bella, barely dressed in a pink bikini, stood out from the three women who were kitted out in black underwear.
The picture may be bad enough, but the caption went one further, reading: "Bella Padilla stepping out of the shadows." A racist bulls eye there for FHM.
FHM, the Philippine's best selling magazine, have now admitted that the picture was racist and changed the cover image. The image was first posted on the magazine's Facebook page on Saturday, but immediately drew complaints from all quarters.
The magazine issued a statement which really didn't address the racism at all: "When FHM hits the stands in March it will have a different cover. We deem this to be the most prudent move in the light of the confusion over the previous cover execution."
Ah, so it wasn't racism, it was a serious case of confusion. That's a new angle, much better than the 'I'm not a racist, but...' defence.
They went on to say: "We apologise and thank those who have raised their points. We apologise to Bela Padilla for any distress this may have caused her. In our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive next time."
Padilla, the 20-year-old babe herself sent an apology tweet: "I meant no harm with this cover. I'm so sorry to everyone who got offended. I hope all of you see the beauty of the cover and appreciate it".