In their heyday, would Britney or Christina ever in a million years dreamed of inciting civil unrest halfway around the word? Don’t get us wrong; they definitely could have if they’d wanted to. It just never came up. When it comes to supporting her little monsters, however Lady Gaga suggests her Malaysian fans protest censorship of “Born The Way.” In response to news that Malaysia authorities were editing the LGBT-friendly language from the song, Gaga explained “What I would say is for all the young people in Malaysia that want those words to be played on the radio, it is your job and it is your duty as young people to have your voices heard.” Try to imagine Katy Perry saying those words. We know, it’s like your brain puts up a brick wall.
This isn’t the first time the singer has gotten political; just last month Gaga broke ties with Target over anti-gay political donations. “You must do everything that you can if you want to be liberated by your society. You must call, you must not stop, you must protest peaceably,” Gaga told her fans. Wow, who would have thought the first time we heard “Just Dance,” that the hot blond singer would one day be rallying for international social change. We should have know.
Oh Kanye, you mad genius. Yeezy might occasionally pout that no one understands him, but according to artist George Condo, Kanye West wanted his album art banned, a play for publicity that we understand all to well. As Condo reveals in a recent interview with The New Yorker, West approached him to create the cover art, meeting with Condo and listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for five hours. Kanye told Condo he wanted a controversial image, “something that will be banned.” The artist eventually produced five paintings, one depicting a nude female phoenix that Kanye chose for the cover. And if there’s anything Middle America is squeamish about, it’s naked mythological beasts.
After the release of the cover art, Kanye claimed Wal-Mart wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t carry his album with the suggestive cover. He hit Twitter to complain: “In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now,” and “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.” Sure you don’t, Kanye. We can’t tell if this is a ultimate douchebag move or a brilliant marketing maneuver. Guess it depends on how many people bought the album. Either way we cannot wait to see the Tweet-mageddon that will hit once West realizes Condo ratted him out. All the couches and all the phoenixes in the world wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help him chill out.
Kanye West’s new album cover, which looks like a vaguely erotic finger painting, has been banned by a chain that sells firearms. West has stated on his Twitter that Wal-Mart is refusing to carry his upcoming “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” record because the artwork features a small image of a nude male being straddled an armless winged figure. “They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!” he tweeted, summing up the assault on his first amendment rights.
“So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings?” he continued. “I know that cover just blew yall minds Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I wish yall could see how hard IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m smiling right now!!!Ã‚Â In all honesty Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be thinking about Wal-MartÃ‚Â when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!” You know when he Kanyeshrugs he’s just getting started. “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.”
Wal-Mart is the worlds largest CD retailer, representing a massive ten percent of the domestic music sales. Understandably, Kanye is a little pissed about having his “true creativity” messed with.Ã‚Â Let it be known: Wal-Mart doesn’t care about armless phoenixes.