Giant Food executives yesterday ordered around 7,000 copies of the October issue of Washingtonian magazine off Giant magazine racks throughout the Washington area in response to what a spokesman termed "numerous customer complaints" about an advertisement featuring a portfolio of nude art photographs of a child.
The photographs, by Edward Weston, are printed by George A. Tice and published by the Witkin Gallery of New York City. The limited edition portfolio, titled "Six Nudes of Neil, 1925," costs $1,200 and is distributed locally by Kathleen Ewing, who placed the ad.
"We removed (the magazine) this morning because we have received numerous customer complaints," said Giant public affairs director Barry Scher. "Being a family-oriented business, we made the decision to remove the magazine from sale this month."
Grocery merchandising department vice president Al Mindel, whose office made the decision, was out of town on business and could not be reached for comment.
Washingtonian publisher Larry Adler said his distributor, District News, notified him yesterday morning that Giant had pulled the issue off the stands.Giant gets 6,000 to 7,000 copies each month. Adler said, which is about 20 per cent of the magazine's 35,000-copy newstand run. Giant's portion of this month's issue would be redistributed, Adler said.
Adler said the magazine had gotten "less than 10 complaints" about the advertisement. Asked what he was going to do, Adler said, "What can we do? Giant is an important customer. They sell a lot of magazines each month. At this point in time I don't want to say any more than that."