9 Controversial Magazine Covers That Got America's Attention (PHOTOS)

time breastfeeding coverWhether you love it or hate it, one thing is for certain, Time magazine's breastfeeding cover has captured the attention of Americans across the country. Those editors are certainly celebrating tonight.

But Time isn't the first publication, nor will it be the last, to raise a few eyebrows, set tongues wagging, and perhaps inspiring a few dozen subscription cancellations (boo hoo). The things that seem to really get people's goat? Nudity (surprise, surprise), blood, racial insensitivity, and of course, a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old.

Here are some other magazines that also caused more than a little controversy with their now-famous covers.

  • Princess Diana Comes Back From the Dead

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    Newsweek ran a computer-generated cover photo of Princess Diana and what she would have looked like at age 50. Some people thought it was crass; others thought it was cool; and some of us hoped it was just the first in a famous dead person cover series.

  • Demi Bares Her Baby Bump

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    When Demi Moore posed naked and pregnant for the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, she raised more than a few eyebrows. The controversial shot has been copied so many times in the 10+ years since then, it's become cliche and yawn-inspiring (hello Jessica Simpson). But Demi did it first, and dare we say ... best.

  • John & Yoko Getting ... Cuddly?

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    In 1981, a naked John Lennon curled around a clothed Yoko Ono on the cover of Rolling Stone. Photographer Annie Liebovitz shot the now iconic image -- the day before Lennon was assassinated.

  • Sex, Blood & Rock n Roll

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    Another provocative shot on the cover of Rolling Stone featured True Blood stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgard all naked and covered in blood. Hot or too much?

  • Barack & Michelle Obama Do the "Terrorist Fist Bump"

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    In 2008, cartoonist Barry Blitt did a rendering of Barack and Michelle Obama bumping fists in a militant-looking turban-and-Afro milieu for the cover of the New Yorker. Editor David Remnick backed up the satirist, but supporters of both Obama and McCain (who were running fro president at the time) didn't find it amusing.

  • Sarah Palin's Short Shorts

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    In a move more sexist than sexy, Newsweek's then-editor Jon Meacham featured a photo of Sarah Palin wearing shorts that had actually been shot for Runner's World magazine. Palin herself called the cover choice "unfortunate." Hey, where are the beefcake photos of Obama & Romney? Bring it!

  • Beauty & the Beast?

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    NBA star Lebron James was the first black man to appear on the cover of Vogue in 2008 (!!) -- with supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Many criticized the shot (by Annie Leibovitz) for exacerbating stereotypes and appearing a little too much like a scene from King Kong. What do you think?

  • Michele Bachmann Flies Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Just last year, Newsweek put an unflattering photo of Michelle Bachmann on the cover alongside the even more unflattering coverline "The Queen of Rage." NOW came to her defense, lambasting the cover for being sexist -- Tea Partiers and conservatives agreed. Do you think the cover went too far?

  • 'Time' Starts a Mommy War

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    Oh, Time magazine, what would we have to talk about at Mother's Day brunch if not for you?! This cover has far less to do with breastfeeding a toddler and attachment parenting than it does with inciting mommy mud wrestling. And one can't help but wonder what they put that poor 3-year-old through at the photo shoot -- parading him around like a circus freak until they got the shot they wanted.

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