Rolling Stone received backlash for its cover featuring Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsaernev in July but the publication has always pushed the boundaries, and Enstars gave it the top spot when listing the 10 most shocking magazine covers.
The list of controversial covers features famous figures like Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Anna Paquin, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney portrayed in an unflattering or incendiary light.
1. Lady Gaga on the cover of Rolling Stone (2010)
This cover became famous or infamous for Gaga's "machine gun bra." It's probably one of the most shocking costumes the Applause singer has worn. The criticism was amplified by the Newtown, Conn., shootings that happened around the time the issue hit newsstands.
2. The cast of True Blood (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgård) on the cover of Rolling Stone (2010):
Paquin, Moyer and Skarsgard posed in the nude with fake blood dripping down their bodies on the cover of Rolling Stone. This gore-squely sensual portrayal of the fictional vampires didn't go down too well with some people. The major criticism it drew was that of it promoting an image of sex and violence. Even Skarsgard thought the cover was "too graphic."
3. Illustration of Barack Obama on the cover of The New Yorker (2008)
The illustration shows Barack and Michelle Obama fist-pumping while Michelle is dressed in guerilla black, with a gun slung around her shoulder. Barack is dressed a traditional Muslim ensemble consisting of a long white kaftan and turban. An American flag burns in the fireplace, above which hangs a big portrait of Osama Bin Laden. The cover parodied every right-wing stereotype of Obama, but his supporters didn't see the humor in it. Obama campaign spokesman at the time, Bill Burton, called it "tasteless and offensive." The President was quite flumoxxed by the publication's choice.
4. Kanye West on the cover of Rolling Stone (2006)
West posed as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns with tracks of dried blood and scars on his face. The headline read "Passion of Kanye West." Yeezus also posed as Muhammad Ali for the pages inside the magazine. While the publication intended it as a bit of a joke about the singer's massive ego, religious readers viewed it as being blasphemous.
Another little controversy was spurred when it was found out that West was actually going to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone in the month of July. He pulled out of th commitment at the last minute and the magazine chose to go with the Tsaernev cover instead.
5. George W. Bush on the cover of The Nation (2000)
Bush's face was morphed with Mad icon Alfred E. Neumen's and he was shown wearing a badge that read "worry." The scene seemed to have taken the mockery too far for Bush loyalists.
6. Muhammad Ali on the cover of Esquire (1968)
The cover was perhaps mostly controversial for appropriating Ali's trials with "The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian," a popular theme through medieval art . Ali refused to join the military because of his religious beliefs. Authorities arrested him for refusing to be conscripted into the military, he was found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title.
7. "Are You Mom Enough?" cover of Time (2012)
A lot of people ended up misconstruing what the title meant when shown with the image of the cover, where the child seems to be making an effort -- propped up on a chair -- to seek nourishment. The cover invited a lot of polarizing opinions and criticism from feminist groups.
8. Mitt Romney on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek (2013)
This bruised and battered face of Romney on the cover never hit the stands. In a last minute panic, the publication chose to play it safe with a cover story about Steve Ballmer's endeavoring to reinvent Microsoft for its January issue.
9. "Is She Just Too Old for This?" cover of New York Magazine (2011)
With this cover a woman in her 60s posed as a pregnant Demi Moore did in the iconic Vanity Fair cover. The image of the silver haired, old lady was photoshopped to give her a pregnant belly while the story investigated the pros and cons of parenthood past 50.
10. "Is God Dead?" cover of Time (1966)
The magazine posed the question "Is God Dead?" in bold red. The cover smacked of a Nietzche-esque defiance. The story explored the "death of God movement' in the 1960s. It has also been called by some the most controversial cover of all time.