Tonight, I came home to find the latest issue of Details, and on its cover was Ashton Kutcher. My reaction: I called Customer Service and canceled my subscription.
Don't think that I didn't give the magazine a chance because I have.
For their December 2007 issue, they featured Kevin Federline on the cover, as one of their "50 most influential men under 45". I thought it was bad judgment on their part, and I wasn't alone. In a subsequent issue, there were these two letters to the editor:
"I was impressed, for the most part, with 'The Details Power 50," in your December issue, but Kevin Federline as a 'good father'? Isn't this the same 'good father' who dumped his two kids and Shar Jackson to be with Britney Spears?"So it was sort of in that spirit that I canceled my subscription, but not after that issue or the April 2008 issue with Ryan Seacrest looking back at me.
-- Stephan Saminaden, Montreal, Quebec
"Congratulations on one of the most provacative, emotion-inducing covers ever. It provoked me to do two things I've never done before: write a letter to a national magazine and cancel my subscription within five minutes of receiving an issue."
-- Aaron P. Leifer, San Francisco, California
In addition to having Ashton Kutcher on the cover, the latest issue also featured an article titled "The Return of the Office Affair". I just happened to flip to it and saw a very disturbing picture of a girl giving a blow job to a guy in the middle of an open office. I mean, it was a side-angle shot, so the picture was more than suggestive, and... the girl was whorish (seriously, who would let their daughter pose for such a pic) and the guy on the receiving end wasn't even hot. Enough was more than enough.
Honestly, I'm sad to see the magazine go in that direction. I really enjoyed the magazine's WIRED-ish way of presenting pop-culture and style, and having all those cologne ads to sniff. Maybe I should just go ahead and subscribe to FHM instead -- their articles are presented in an interesting way and there'd be no uncertainty as far as what to expect.