Elle magazine is taking some heat for its cover of plus-sized actress Melissa McCarthy, with some saying they're trying to cover her up and calling it "fat-shaming." Here's a look at other controversial magazine covers through the years. (Warning: This collection includes certain images some readers might find offensive.)
Time magazine (January 1939) -- Illustrated as an organist playing "his hymn of hate," Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" in 1938, sparking controversy.
Time magazine (April 1966) -- Approximately 3,500 readers sent letters to the editor in response to this cover -- the most responses to any one story in the magazine's history.
Esquire (April 1968) -- This cover depicted Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian and defended his refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army, in part because of his religious beliefs.
Rolling Stone (June 1970) -- Rolling Stone won a National Magazine Award for its exclusive 1970 prison interview with serial killer Charles Manson, although putting him on the cover sparked a firestorm of criticism.
Rolling Stone (January 1981) -- Shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, this famous cover photo was taken after John Lennon insisted that wife Yoko Ono also be included in the shoot. Lennon was shot and killed later that night.
Vanity Fair (August 1991) -- Lots of celebrities dare to bare when pregnant these days, but Demi Moore was the first in this famous cover shot that drew national headlines.
Time magazine (June 1994) -- Time magazine publicly apologized after running a darkened version of O.J. Simpson's mugshot following the former NFL star's arrest on murder charges in the death of his ex-wife and her friend.
Time magazine (April 1997) -- Controversy ensued after Ellen DeGeneres came out in the cover story of the April 1997 issue of Time magazine, causing many TV outlets to pull her show at the time.
Wired (June 1997) -- Published shortly after Steve Jobs re-joined Apple, the cover story detailed 101 tips to save the "once-great company."
Rolling Stone (April 1999) -- Many thought this sexy shot of teen pop star Britney Spears was too racy, leading the American Family Association to call on "God-loving Americans to boycott stores selling Britney's albums."
Vogue (April 2008) -- Featuring NBA star LeBron James and supermodel Gisele Bundchen, this cover drew "King Kong" comparisons and was called racially insensitive.
The New Yorker (July 2008) -- It was intended as satire on all the rumors swirling about Barack Obama's presidential campaign, but this cover missed its mark and drew disapproval from both Obama and his opponent, Sen. John McCain.
Newsweek (November 2009) -- Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was outraged at Newsweek's use of her Runner's World photo for this cover, which critics called "biased and sexist at the same time."
Newsweek (August 2011) -- Calling her "The Queen of Rage," Newsweek drew criticism for its cover of former presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann that used a particularly unflattering photo.
Newsweek (May 2012) -- A rainbow halo hanging over his head, President Barack Obama was declared the country's first gay president by Newsweek magazine following his statement supporting gay marriage.
The New Yorker (July 2013) -- The New Yorker recently caused a stir by featuring "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie on a sofa in front of a TV screen featuring the U.S. Supreme Court justices following the court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Rolling Stone (July 13) -- Rolling Stone's decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, on the cover of its July 2013 issue ignited a firestorm of outrage online.