Kanye’s Album Cover: Banned By Whom?

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So here’s the now infamous non-cover for Kanye West’s forthcoming album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” which normally I wouldn’t consider newsworthy as it’s clearly just Kanye hyping the release, but it does raise a good question: when an artist says his or her work has been banned, how official does the “ban” have to be? If a corporation that controls the artist’s work refuses to release or exhibit it, is that a ban, or does a ban have to be from government with criminal penalties attached?

For those of you unaware, Kanye has been trying to whip up interest in his album by tweeting about the cover. A couple of sample Kanye tweets:

“Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix! http://twitpic.com/2ykxjk

“So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.”

“In the ’70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612431484 Brian Flowers

    I would bet it’s the record label that’s banned it, since My Dying Bride released this one only four years ago:
    http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Darkness-Words-Light-Dying/dp/B000E5KU5G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1287522938&sr=8-3

    Of course, they’re a British band, so that may be part of the difference as well, but I’ve seen it sold in US stores. I also believe there is a censored version, but I haven’t actually seen it sold anywhere. Might even just be used online.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612431484 Brian Flowers

    I would bet it’s the record label that’s banned it, since My Dying Bride released this one only four years ago:
    http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Darkness-Words-Light-Dying/dp/B000E5KU5G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1287522938&sr=8-3

    Of course, they’re a British band, so that may be part of the difference as well, but I’ve seen it sold in US stores. I also believe there is a censored version, but I haven’t actually seen it sold anywhere. Might even just be used online.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Censorship sucks. So does Kanye West.

  • Anonymous

    Censorship sucks. So does Kanye West.

  • dumbsaint

    They likely just banned it for being a shit album cover.

  • Anonymous

    They likely just banned it for being a shit album cover.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    How much you wanna bet the ‘ban’ was negotiated as a tactic to raise interest in a loser, has been, talentless douchebag that no one cares about anymore? I banned Kanye West…from my house, my radio and my computer…by never, ever EVER listening to anything putrid for longer than takes to click it off and find something…anything!…else.

    • Hadrian999

      his post katrina moment of epic comedy with mike myers was great though

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    How much you wanna bet the ‘ban’ was negotiated as a tactic to raise interest in a loser, has been, talentless douchebag that no one cares about anymore? I banned Kanye West…from my house, my radio and my computer…by never, ever EVER listening to anything putrid for longer than takes to click it off and find something…anything!…else.

  • SMonark

    yea that’s no phoenix…..that’s lillith the demon worshiped by the Illuminati…known also as succubus

  • SMonark

    yea that’s no phoenix…..that’s lillith the demon worshiped by the Illuminati…known also as succubus

  • Tchoutoye

    Judging by his tweets, Mr. West doesn’t know the difference between nudity and depictions of sex.

  • Anonymous

    Judging by his tweets, Mr. West doesn’t know the difference between nudity and depictions of sex.

  • Hadrian999

    his post katrina moment of epic comedy with mike myers was great though

  • DeepCough

    “Smell the Glove” was the best album cover ever.

  • DeepCough

    “Smell the Glove” was the best album cover ever.

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