The cover of Rolling Stone's September issue is raising eyebrows with a rather erotic, blood-soaked image of True Blood stars Ann Paquin, Alexander Skarsgaard and Stephen Moyer. Sure, the HBO series is famous for its hyper-raunchy bedroom scenes and gory plot lines, but does the cover go too far? The chattering classes weigh in:

  • Wal-Mart Won't Like This, writes Josh Tyler at Cinema Blend: "It's no secret that True Blood is pretty much non-stop, R-rated content. Half the fun of the first season was in wondering what ridiculous, crazy sexcapades Sookie's brother Jason Stackhouse would end up engaged in next. The show's a cavalcade of boobs, butts, and blood and that's good. But does all of that belongs on the cover of Rolling Stone? ...I don't think there's ever been anything on the magazine on quite this scale. I imagine it'll be shipped with one of those ominous, black covers usually reserved for Playboys hidden behind the counter at your local gas station."
  • Are You Really Surprised? asks Christine Mathias at Salon: "You'd think the public couldn't be appalled or surprised by anything related to 'True Blood' anymore. Season 2: Lafayette dug a steel plate out of a severed leg to release himself from his Fangtasia chains. Season 3: Bill broke another vampire's neck and turned her head around while he was having sex with her."
  • This Is Just Weird, writes Max Read at Gawker: "I am sure they are very sexy, on the show, when they are involved in sexy situations and showing off their sexy abs, and other sexy parts (Boobs? Are there boobs?). Me, personally, I am not sure how 'sexy' I find the girl from Fly Away Home covered in red corn syrup and being manhandled by Dolph Lundgren and another guy cupping her boob. Especially because I wonder: Where did the blood come from, in this hypothetical sexy situation, that is being modeled? Is it from, you know... And then I put the magazine down so I can stop wondering about it."