The cover art for Kanye West’s latest album: My Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy, has been deemed a bit too dark and twisted for American consumers. Apparently it has been banned by Wal Mart, a major music stockist, and so will have to be re-released with a different, less, er beautifully dark cover. What story there is on the issue is here:
So whilst we are discussing free speech, and the difference between ‘censorship’ and ‘editing’ and simply ‘choosing to disallow people from saying things in a space where you have control over who says what’, how do people feel about this piece of commercial art being ‘banned’? Is it a matter for Quiet Riot Girl to get a bee in her bonnet about?
Because so far nobody else apart from poor Kanye himself, seems to have batted an eyelash. Except to laugh at him and his poor taste, and vulgarity. But if one of the top-selling recording artists in the world does not have ‘freedom of speech’ do you think the rest of us do? SRSLY?