Top 10 Controversial Magazine Covers

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  • Published on Jun 9, 2014
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  • D. Anthony Franco
    D. Anthony Franco 13 days ago

    "If you dont buy this magazine we'll kill this dog!" 😂😂😂😂 Lmfao!

  • Steve Carras
    Steve Carras 17 days ago

    Someone mentioned a dog cover..I do not see one..btw the last reminds me of a 1974 Mad with A.E.Neuman's mid finger.

  • Nick Carlson
    Nick Carlson 2 months ago

    The gun and the dog was hilarious.

  • luxor1001
    luxor1001 4 months ago

    I was surprised to see that one of your writers recognized both the legend of St. Sebastien, and the Mantegna painting, as the framework for interpreting the image of Muhammad Ali, and that another of your writers recognized a Catherine wheel. I was surprised because I imagine you all to be Millennials, and so to have no interest in anything but pop culture, and even then no interest in pop culture much earlier than the 50s.
    That said, you forgot the Hustler cover showing a model head down in a meat grinder. That image should tell you that, even though there was no Photoshop then, photographers had many ways to manipulate photographs. I rather doubt that it was necessary for anyone to hold a gun to the dog's head. Even if they had, do you really think they would have used a real gun with bullets in the chamber? And do you think that the dog would have been alarmed? Don't be such pussies.

  • digapygmy70
    digapygmy70 6 months ago

    When the Rolling Stone issue with the Boston bomber came out, I was working at Barnes & Noble, and this one woman was so furious about it. She ranted at me for several minutes that we were carrying this, and demanded the phone number for the CEO, and if not his number, than BN's head office. She made sure to tell us that she'd never shop with us again. I wonder if she made the same scene at every grocery, pharmacy, airport, etc. All I could tell her was that we didn't choose what magazines we carried, and we certainly didn't choose who they were going to put on the front cover, and if she had a complaint, tell Rolling Stone.

  • Linda Mueller
    Linda Mueller Year ago

    Yes ! This guy at 8:06 should have his eyes and mouth taped...my dad was shot down by one of them.

  • Tom Dockery
    Tom Dockery Year ago

    Obama never set foot in the USA until 1985.

  • Gaming Celebrity
    Gaming Celebrity Year ago

    I love Britney!
    Why not have any of Jennifer Aniston’s GQ covers for honrable mentions? Like the one where she wore a tie while she was naked?

  • The cosmic Latté

    I love they described Britney as “inviting”

  • Davie Russell
    Davie Russell Year ago

    3:20 lucky kid xD

  • Janna Lillie
    Janna Lillie Year ago

    They got paid didn't they? It's not like they're having there pictures taken to make someone else rich. I would gladly pose for a picture taking a shit on all these whining fuck faces porches.

  • Leandro Cantu
    Leandro Cantu Year ago

    You forgot the one with Janet Jackson where she’s topless and some dude’s hands are holding her breast coming from behind her

  • Icaanul
    Icaanul Year ago

    And he was right despite the lies and propaganda. As you sit and complain about the very same problems as a century ago. Sometimes in the real world, the bad guys win. The victors write the history books.

  • ComeliaO7
    ComeliaO7 Year ago

    Wtf Time?!

  • ComeliaO7
    ComeliaO7 Year ago

    The Bomber should've been number one. Rolling Stone was dumb as hell for that one. Absolutely horrible.

  • ComeliaO7
    ComeliaO7 Year ago

    The breastfeeding thing was just extra. Breast is best ok. But come on there's a damn limit.
    BTW fuck the New Yorker!

  • GJ Lelliott
    GJ Lelliott Year ago

    The Obama cover was spot on and was proven time and again throughout his terms.... especially by his arming of Iran, shipping them tons of money and allowing Hezbollah to run drugs into the USA.

    • GJ Lelliott
      GJ Lelliott Year ago

      ComeliaO7 Please point out where I mentioned Trump...

    • ComeliaO7
      ComeliaO7 Year ago

      GJ Lelliott and Trump is better? Yeah right.

  • Olivia Daniella Yannello

    The tit one is vomit.

  • Oscar Fernandez
    Oscar Fernandez Year ago

    all the Obama stuff is real....he is a traitor...Ali is a traitor too, the boston bomber....do you notice all of these are muslims?

  • TrueY QL.tura
    TrueY QL.tura Year ago

    Actually the 1st or 2nd place could/should be TIME Magazine cover 1939: Josif Vissarionovich Stalin. Another mass murderer. Until 1941 he was a big friend of Hitler.

  • Erica Simpson
    Erica Simpson Year ago +1

    “The ugly side of war”

  • Holly B
    Holly B Year ago

    The mom with her boob hanging out is a pig.

  • Grindcore Rager 67

    Here's the thing:


    The Vietcong were bad guys. That is all.

  • Kristen Miller
    Kristen Miller Year ago

    “Pajama shorts.” Don’t you know they’re called ‘hot pants’? That was basically the name of that controversy... ‘teen Britney in hot pants on rolling stone cover.’ Lol

  • Sierra Johnson
    Sierra Johnson Year ago

    I think the breastfeeding thing is totally up to each mother's discretion. I was breastfed all the way up till I started preschool as well as my younger brother and we turned out great.

  • Vicky Fox
    Vicky Fox Year ago

    The prophet Muhammad ~ Charlie Habdo (French political satire print). I'm sure this would of made the honourable mentions at least.
    The terrorist attacks in France in retaliation to the depiction of the prophet Muhammad as well as the print itself both happened after this video was created though.

  • TheCaptainLulz
    TheCaptainLulz Year ago

    I agree with the Hitler cover, who else on earth was the center of all attention, for good and evil. No one else came close that year.

  • TheMainZane
    TheMainZane Year ago

    i'm Vietnamese

  • Aya Michel
    Aya Michel Year ago

    Meaningful smile when fzqodb elite plain lovely soon belt with tobacco clean possibly bean.

  • Pizza goes splat
    Pizza goes splat Year ago

    Ah the Britney Spears one. So many teenage memories

  • Nasiem Ashruf
    Nasiem Ashruf Year ago

    I feel so bad for the muhammed ali one he is the best boxer too ever lived but still his religion and his skincolor divined him for SOME people

  • Starr Smith
    Starr Smith Year ago +1

    .....i legit got pissed off at Number 10

  • Miranda Bella
    Miranda Bella Year ago +2

    If trump can be awarded man of the year, then so can hitler

  • HADJEE
    HADJEE Year ago

    The guy holding the 357 has dirty finger-nails. Gross!

  • David Jackson
    David Jackson Year ago

    No National Enquirer covers.?

  • Creativestar55
    Creativestar55 Year ago

    Jonbenet Ramsey Magazine Covers

  • Jason Fraser
    Jason Fraser Year ago

    That Vietnam picture doesn't bother me as much as it clearly does others. The guy had duct tape over his mouth and eyes, hardly the worst thing of the war, come on people were being shot, napalmed, shelled, and just blown up, but taping a guy up is crossing a line, really? Is it the kindest thing ever, far from it, but as far as ugly sides of war go, that isn't so bad.

  • Creativestar55
    Creativestar55 Year ago

    Maybe you should've added, The Simpson's playboy magazine,that was really fucked up,I saw that one on the news.

  • Hayley French
    Hayley French Year ago

    Try again watch mojo.
    Takes a lot more to offend these days.

  • Tracie McCarty
    Tracie McCarty Year ago

    OH MY GOD! BRITNEY IS HOLDING A TELETUBIE DOLL! AHHHHHH!

  • Noah Shipman
    Noah Shipman Year ago

    Where's the New York Post cover of the man stuck on the subway tracks taken by a photographer who didn't help him? I guess that doesn't count as a magazine?

  • A- Rom
    A- Rom 2 years ago +1

    Even the Teletubby knows what's up, look at those eyes 😅😂

  • HBSUofficial
    HBSUofficial 2 years ago

    Before the time of photoshop? They used to do that without computers by hand. How do you think Star Wars was put together? Really happened? Pfft.

  • lola bigcups
    lola bigcups 2 years ago

    If you don't have a problem with seeing a grown man sucking a breast then you really shouldn't be bothered by a child nursing from his moms breast. Cause only one of those is sexual.

  • Eric
    Eric 2 years ago

    2:45 "Days before Photoshop"? Honey, do you know what that brand name comes from? That's right, actually shopping photos by hand. Even Stalin was doing it in the 30s.

  • Chris M
    Chris M 2 years ago

    If Life magazine really wanted to show the blunt reality of Vietnam , they should've shown the South Vietnamese officer blowing the brains out of a handcuffed , blindfolded alleged Viet Cong prisoner . Or the children running down the road screaming as the flesh peeled off their bodies after a US bomber napalmed their village

  • Dolphintan
    Dolphintan 2 years ago

    do top ten austin powers moments

  • Tha Ruthless 1_ AZF
    Tha Ruthless 1_ AZF 2 years ago

    these aren't even that bad ppl are just sensitive pussies

  • XYZ LUCINA
    XYZ LUCINA 2 years ago

    I think that women breast feeding her grown ass son is disgusting, attention seeking, crazy-town-lady.

  • Eric Lytle
    Eric Lytle 2 years ago

    You left out 2 I felt should have made the list: 1) John and Yoko with John nude. Pregnant Demmy Moore.

  • Boring Person
    Boring Person 2 years ago

    everyone is bashing America in the comments, and I understand why, but if you don't live here, then butt out of it. It's not your country, why do you care?

  • Darth Biscuit
    Darth Biscuit 2 years ago

    Rolling Stone lost credibility when they put the Boston bomber on the front

  • Fitness Model
    Fitness Model 2 years ago

    Hello Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair!

  • MartinHCollection
    MartinHCollection 2 years ago

    I love Dixie Chicks cover... brilliant idea!

  • Kathleen Whitcomb
    Kathleen Whitcomb 2 years ago +1

    At 2:42, I like how they think no photos were edited before the invention of Photoshop

  • 平和IshADDO
    平和IshADDO 2 years ago

    How is being Muslim offensive

  • jimmy Faust Jr
    jimmy Faust Jr 2 years ago

    lmao the dog part got me rolling 😂

  • Haters Gonna Hate
    Haters Gonna Hate 2 years ago +1

    With the Hitler man of the year its to do with how they affecting the world at the time, not if they are a good guy or not the way they decide has nothing to do with Good or Evil, like they made Stalin man of the year he killed more people than Hitler, and Mao Killed more than both combined, surprised Mao didnt get a go at man of the year.

  • STREETPOETRY CHANNEL
    STREETPOETRY CHANNEL 2 years ago +1

    fuk TIME magazine

  • she reminds me of janet jacksonTHANDOKUHLE VILAKAZI

    Again what about Janet Jackson rolling stone cover really mojo

  • Alicia
    Alicia 2 years ago +18

    Somebody killed the dog model??? OMG that just made me so fucking angry to hear!

  • Darth Perkins
    Darth Perkins 2 years ago +20

    I think if you have sore nipples from breastfeeding, that's OK, but when you get sore nipples from your sons stubble, that's time to stop.

  • Tangential_Tangine
    Tangential_Tangine 2 years ago +2

    OK mag pic was tasteless. The "mom enough" pic had unhelpful implications about mothers who can't produce enough breast milk and are shamed for it and imo it looked like it was fetishizing nursing, like the kid was caught "in the act."

  • Pavel Adamek
    Pavel Adamek 2 years ago

    How is a dressed singer "controversial"? Is it because America has a problem with "nudity"?

  • Bender Bending Rodriguez

    what about the cover of this formed american athlete that change his sex ?

  • Adam Cliett
    Adam Cliett 2 years ago

    That New Yorker magazine cover is awesome! It's a pretty good depiction of reality too.

  • shery
    shery 2 years ago

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  • Gareth Pipe
    Gareth Pipe 2 years ago +3

    This was when Watchmojo was good

  • DominusLuna
    DominusLuna 2 years ago

    Most of these are ... who gives a sh*t.

  • DominusLuna
    DominusLuna 2 years ago

    The obama cover was prophetic and accurate.

  • Ricovali
    Ricovali 2 years ago

    What's a magazine?

  • DeadBunny69
    DeadBunny69 3 years ago +1

    People still read Rolling Stone?

  • CloudStrife07
    CloudStrife07 3 years ago

    RIP Dog :,( T.T

  • Prometeo
    Prometeo 3 years ago +1

    Proove that people get butthurt by everyfuckingthing

  • Abby Anderson
    Abby Anderson 3 years ago

    I feel like there needs to be another one of these, there are so many covers

  • Twenty Foreplay
    Twenty Foreplay 3 years ago

    WHERE'S JANET JACKSON'S ICONIC 1993 ROLLING STONE COVER. IT SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST BEEN TOP 3! DISAPPOINTING!!!

  • GrassyMania B
    GrassyMania B 3 years ago

    Rip Muhammad Ali

  • Irfan Shaikh
    Irfan Shaikh 3 years ago

    Rip. Muhammad ali😥😥😥

  • Jakob Wedel
    Jakob Wedel 3 years ago

    Muhammad Ali :(

  • ShriekinNinja
    ShriekinNinja 3 years ago +1

    Well, it is more sane to breastfeed from your own mom than breastfeeding from a different spieces all your adult life, as most humans do. Imagine a grown man/woman laying in a barn, sucking on the teat of a cow, drinking milk stolen from the cows child. That is way more fucked up than drinking the milk willingly given by your own mother. Just saying. And no, I dont drink my moms milk or any other moms milk. Im not an infant and Im not a baby cow.

    • 58wilkies
      58wilkies 3 years ago +1

      Oh my god, thank you so much for saying this! I have said this same thing many, many times before, often in YT comment sections, and have almost always been told that I'm judgmental, stupid, and/or whiny, or that it's none of my business what other people do. People say that if one person chooses to eat animal products, they are doing nothing to harm anyone else, blah, blah, blah--and I just don't see how people can think that eating animal products is a harmless choice. And yes, cow's milk is for baby cows, not humans, just as human milk is for baby humans. Why is that so hard for people to accept?
      Sorry to go on about it; I'm just so pleased to see your comment. Have a wonderful day.

  • Jaffa T
    Jaffa T 3 years ago

    When are the American people going to realise that President Obama IS NOT a Muslim? If he was white it wouldn't even be an issue!

  • James Dick
    James Dick 3 years ago +1

    that cover of Rolling Stone with the Boston Bomber on the cover, i heard that David Draiman from the band DIsturbed seriously took exception to that cover and wrote to Rolling Stone to really give an ass-chewing about it.

  • Stephen Baxter
    Stephen Baxter 3 years ago

    Forgot about the picture of Elvis in his coffin from the National Enquirer

  • Alexander 9091
    Alexander 9091 3 years ago

    britney spears at 17 i was 10 and still hot me

  • Sadreli M
    Sadreli M 3 years ago

    what about that magazine cover that has that one guy who is the dad of the chick who broke the internet that came out as a transsexual at the time, thats fairly controversial if you ask me.

  • Ahmed N
    Ahmed N 3 years ago +1

    Fun fact about Britney Spears' Rolling Stone cover: The half naked cover photo was not part of her management's plan at all, the photo was actually taken in Britney's childhood bedroom and the props in the photograph belonged to her. At some point during the photoshoot her manager came in and saw her being photographed in her underwear and freaked out. Britney asked the photographer to lock the door after the manager left and proceeded on taking the pictures which were later on used for the magazine cover.
    Much of what many people thought at the time was her PR teams masterplan was actually just either a happy accident or a result of her personally wanting to do it.

    • Ahmed N
      Ahmed N 3 years ago

      +Dr Bean
      www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/gallery-the-best-break-out-bands-on-rolling-stones-cover-20110502/britney-spears-1999-0973071

    • Dr Bean
      Dr Bean 3 years ago

      link?

    • rafa gama
      rafa gama 3 years ago

      Whoa :O

  • Agustin Benitez
    Agustin Benitez 3 years ago +3

    it is a fuking dog, retarded americans
    he doesnt even knows or comprehends what the fuck a gun is!!!
    RETARDED ASSHOLES!!

    • FurryFoxy
      FurryFoxy 2 years ago +1

      Agustin Benitez omg
      The gun probably wasnt loaded
      Dummy

    • Agustin Benitez
      Agustin Benitez 3 years ago

      @Vernon Parker I will always forgive good brothers, brother
      xdD
      :)

    • Darth Biscuit
      Darth Biscuit 3 years ago +3

      Nah, it's just this list was filled with all American magazine covers and it seems we are the only ones to get pissed about it. The rest of the World doesn't get offended so easily. Please forgive my fellow Americans

    • Darth Biscuit
      Darth Biscuit 3 years ago

      @Agustin Benitez huh?

    • Agustin Benitez
      Agustin Benitez 3 years ago +1

      @Vernon Parker xdddD
      u pissed off mate!!
      ;)

  • waseem hawkeye
    waseem hawkeye 3 years ago +1

    anyone remembers janet jacksons breasts covered with hands one??

  • Hab Adm
    Hab Adm 3 years ago

    the life magazine cover was disturbing because Americans didn't like to see the truth ......

  • Halpin2006
    Halpin2006 3 years ago +19

    As a person who has a LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to Rolling Stone magazine, I am still shocked that they gave the Boston Bomber the cover!! Money or not, to treat him like a famous, renowned inspiration was the worst! The RS staff should have given Dr Hook the cover, not him. And I noticed that right after this issue, the very next issue had Springsteen on his European tour, then RS finally gave KISS the cover, then Stevie Nicks after so many decades, then Ringo Starr...... but giving the Boston Bomber the cover was the worst mistake they made since giving the cover to a shirtless David Cassidy in 1978, and to Chevy Chase in 1983. However, the uncommented issue of John Lennon naked, kissing Yoko Ono, is not controversial, but instead an issue that truly captures the moment. That cover gave all of America the bookmarked reminder that John Lennon was brutally murdered, kissing Yoko goodbye in her sadness. In Memoriam indeed!

    • Ornacia
      Ornacia Year ago +2

      Halpin2006 Instead they decide to put that criminal on the cover, looking like a young Bob Dylan. Very poor and unfortunate choice.

  • David Dietz
    David Dietz 3 years ago

    Britty sure is gorgeous, but then she always has been...

  • BabyGirl Forever
    BabyGirl Forever 3 years ago +1

    I'm very disappointed that Janet Jackson's Rolling Stone cover wasn't on here....that was the most controversial magazine cover of the early '90's.

  • just anna
    just anna 3 years ago +1

    08:30 is god dead? for time magz, I think its cool

    • NJGuy1973
      NJGuy1973 3 years ago

      That was in 1966. How can that be just "honorable mention?" Should have been #1.

  • violetgirl1996
    violetgirl1996 3 years ago +3

    "the ugly side of war" is there supposed to be a beautiful side?

  • violetgirl1996
    violetgirl1996 3 years ago

    i thought that was hayley williams on the thumbnail

  • Ronnie Soriano
    Ronnie Soriano 3 years ago

    It's always the Time magazine.

  • sandra stengl
    sandra stengl 3 years ago

  • marla singer
    marla singer 3 years ago

    I RECALL DEMI MOORE'S NAKED & PREGNANT VANITY FAIRE COVER RAISING A LOT OF EYEBROWS...

  • Farah Pitcher
    Farah Pitcher 3 years ago

    I don't feel bad for the OJ Simpson cover, he doesn't need to be darkened to be menacing

  • tara macias
    tara macias 3 years ago +1

    2:02 tinky is a perv! no!!!!!!