‘FHM Phillipines‘, a men’s magazine that features ‘sexy girls, news & men’s fashion’ scrapped the cover of its March issue after accusations it was racist. ‘FHM’ posted the cover on their Facebook page on Saturday and received a lot of criticism regarding the racist nature of their cover photo.
The cover featured Philippine soap opera star Bela Padilla in a bright pink bikini posing between three black models in black bikinis, with the headline, “Bela Padilla stepping out of the shadows.” On Monday, FHM pulled the cover from new stands after receiving tons of disapproval from Facebook viewers. They will be changing the photo cover completely, and the original cover has now been removed from Facebook. FHM released a statement apologizing for the edgy cover: ”We apologize and thank those who have raised their points. We apologize 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.”
Many people stated that the cover encouraged white supremacy. Writer for GMA News, Katrina Stuart Santiago denounced it as “a display of white supremacist ideology at its most vicious because it’s shameless. It is a display of whiteness against blackness that is sold to us as fact: the white woman can only emerge as her true self from the shadows created by the black girls.”
Bela Padilla tweeted an apology in regards to the cover: “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.” She also added, “it had nothing to do with racial discrimination… The concept was stepping out of MY inhibitions, MY fears, MY shadows. Not bashing a certain race.”
What do you think of this FHM’s cover photo? Do you think it is racist?