Black marker pen shortage looming as Ahlan plans Rihanna photospread
Stationery suppliers across the Middle East this morning warned of an impending shortage of black marker pens after celebrity magazine Ahlan announced it would be giving Rihanna’s recent revealing appearance at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards a six-page photospread.
“We’ve had to order several more shiploads, but they’re unlikely to get here in time,” said Ahmed H. Falam of the Falam Family Stationers in Abu Dhabi.
The announcement has also sparked several mass walkouts among censors across Saudi Arabia.
“A bit of side-boob from Jennifer Aniston or Gwynie showing a little too much thigh is fine, but this is just ridiculous,” said Abdulla Tamin, a censor in Riyadh. “It’s not as if we get any overtime.”