Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest retailer of print magazines, has “delisted” Adbusters and removed all copies of the magazine from its 1,300 stores.
Explaining its decision, the company (by way of its Atlanta-based magazine distributor, The News Group, Inc.), cited an unspecified number of customer complaints regarding three “graphic” pages in the July/August 2021 issue. One lists six corporations or related entities (e.g., ExxonMobil, the Sackler family) following an expletive. The other two show images of cows being slaughtered at a commercial abattoir.
Adbusters, an independent, bimonthly publication of Vancouver-based Adbusters Media Foundation, has sparked some of the era’s defining activist campaigns, from Buy Nothing Day to Occupy Wall Street.