Memphis Magazine needs to issue a genuine apology to Memphis and pull the September Cover.

Memphis Magazine needs to issue a genuine apology to Memphis and pull the September Cover.

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Crafton Barnes started this petition to Contemporary Media and

This was Memphis Magazine's so called "Statement" to the people of Memphis, after it's readers expressed our collective disgust over the racially insensitive and EDITORIAL caricatures of the current candidates for Mayor of Memphis on the September 2019 cover of it's Magazine.

This cover is planned to remain available for the full month of September.

https://memphismagazine.com/the-memo/regarding-our-september-cover/

In the URL you see that Memphis Magazine only considers this a "memo".

The artist responsible for this image, Chris Ellis, doubled down on his insensitivity by publicly referring to the lady depicted in the image with these words:

"The black female, being monstrously obese, deserved and got several versions..."

..as found in this public Facebook thread not once, but TWICE:

facebook.com/eyellin/posts/10157641678802458?hc_location=ufi

This petition is to rectify this situation by showing Memphis Magazine, and it's parent company Contemporary Media, the number of Memphians outraged not only by this image, but by the myopic "Memo" linked above in response, and by the racially charged body shaming statements made by the artist they paid to produce this image.

The cover needs to be recalled,  the artist needs to be reprimanded and the city deserves a genuine apology. 

One that doesn't lay the onus of the outrage on the shoulders of Memphians themselves with sentences like this:

"We would ask any of our readers who think otherwise to review the past issues of Memphis contained in our archives, which are available at memphismagazine.com/archives.".

Screenshots of the comments made by the artist will be added to this in the comments

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