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‘True Blood’ & Rolling Stone

posted by Donna Freitas

Oh. My. Word. Have you seen this upcoming Rolling Stone cover for September? That magazine drives me nuts because of the way it portrays young women (often teen) pop stars–almost without exception–either naked, or almost naked, while (almost) never asking male pop stars to do the same. But this latest cover, which features three of the central characters of HBO’s smash hit series, ‘True Blood,’ has equal opportunity nakedness: two men (the vampires Eric and Bill) and one woman (Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse), all three of them without a stitch on them.
Except for the blood spattered all over their bodies.
Ew! This season has had more than its share of complete and utter gross out moments (take last Sunday’s episode, where vampire Russell finds Talbot, his long time vampire lover, a pile of blood and gust–and I mean literally a pile–and basically rolls around in the mess in his grief), so it’s not a complete surprise to see the photograph. But still. I can’t say I find it sexy to see blood covering Eric, Sookie, and Bill, and from what creator Alan Ball has to say about his show, apparently vampires are the essence of sexy. Regarding the Rolling Stone cover, he has said the following:
“To me, vampires are sex,” creator Alan Ball tells the magazine for its Sept. 2 issue. He also takes an obvious swipe at The Twilight Saga saying, “I don’t get a vampire story about abstinence. I’m 53. I don’t care about high school students. I find them irritating and uninformed.” The [Rolling Stone] issue explores not only the show’s explicit use of sex throughout episodes, but also sex as the central idea behind the appeal of vampires.”
I’m curious to read the article and see how far Ball takes his critique of Twilight, but I can tell you this much: I will make sure that issue is face down on my kitchen table. I don’t need to look at that much gore in the morning.



  • Jamie

    The cover is totally inappropriate especially since it will be on eye-level of young children at bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, but… can I tell you how happy I am to see that a young starlet still has her real breasts?! YAY!!

  • tiffany

    This show ruined the books. That’s so sad =[

  • Amandalynn

    The show can have all the gore and sex it wants..its on HBO. And people are still concerned about being on eye level with “children” theres more sex in commercials and talking about sex on kid channels give me a break.
    Twilight saga tried to ruin the vampire image and the movies weren’t short of commical. True blood series is what vampires really are..sex- craved and no limits. haven’t read the books but its BASED off them not word for word so quit crying.

  • Gigel

    What bothers me most about this cover is the really bad photochop on her legs. Does anyone notice how wrong the area beneath the woman’s butt looks, especially if you look at a larger version of the cover? I can’t believe this got published in its current version.

  • David

    Simple minded people. It’s a show about the supernatural, love, and sex. We come into the world bloody and naked, why not make a spectacle of it? I think it’s beautiful.

  • Audi

    I see nothing wrong with it. Everything is covered, and if u don’t want your kids seeing this then don’t let them run rampid in the magazine ile. To note further, through out history in books and what not vampires have not exactly been G rated.

  • Nightbird8147

    I love this show, but I agree with the EWW about all the blood and guts. I really wish they’d lay off all the sex stuff too. I’m all for sex but geezuz, don’t go overboard! Vampires are vampires, not sex. That’s just odd to me. Oh well the show is great otherwise. I haven’t read more than the first book because I figured the show would deviate from it, and from what I’ve read in these reviews it does. Rock on True Blood, but Rolling Stone drop the cover… EWWW! LOL

  • Jina

    True Blood is for ADULTS! Love the show and this cover really portrays it well…it’s what the show and books are about. Wouldn’t want my children seeing it OR watching the show which is why I don’t let them!

  • Your Name

    Not good for the children to see this pose,or billboard or cover,it’s very eww lol.Some people take it as an art,others just find it sexy or daring,to me,it’s just all about business,lol.thanks!

  • Alicia

    Terrible cover, and I’m no prude. It’s gross, and totally inappropriate for something that will be out on the newstands.
    Right now, I’m rewatching all of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” which I regarded as the (all-time) “Best show on television” until it was replaced by “Lost” as the all-time best show, IMO. But I have the first DVD of True Blood sitting on my dining room table and I’m going to check it out soon.
    Rolling Stone is probably trying to top the splash it made over getting Stanley McChrystal fired.

  • Scott R.

    Best Show
    Ever
    Best Cover
    Ever
    (iconic like the John and Yoko one)

  • Matt

    Nightbird8147 the books are quit different than the show.Such as at the beginning of the second book(living dead in Dallas) Lafayette Reynolds dies.He is the one found in the back of Andy Bellefleur’s car.Also Godfrey(better known as Godric) is like a vampire pedophile he only feeds on children and prays on them.I understand why the show didn’t show this and portrayed Godfrey(Godric) as a good guy.I am only on book 5 (Dead as a Doornail) and its really good.You should continue to read the books.Dead in dallas and club dead are way different then what True blood has shown.As far as the show I am very excited about the season finale Sunday.Really interested on how Eric is going to survive since the following season is all about Eric.READ THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVELS

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