Kanye West has continued his Twitter rant about his alleged banned cover artwork in the US, stating: ‘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 one of his previous tweets, Kanye slightly pointed his finger towards Walmart for the ban. ‘In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!’ said the tweet.
Walmart is well known for its conservative ways and many musicians have been known for making compromises to their product to appease the Walmart giants and their family friendly environment. I’m not sure whose family that would be though.
Apparently, they’re not at fault this time and a Walmart spokesperson said, “We’re excited about Kanye West’s new album and we look forward to carrying it in our stores on November 22nd.’
The spokesperson continued, “As always, it’s our standard practice to carry the edited parental advisory version. We did not reject the cover artwork and it was never presented to us to view.”
An article in the Los Angeles Times cited concerns from West’s label about “whether or not mass-market retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart would carry an album featuring venomous nudes.”
Kanye might have jumped the gun when he said it was ‘banned’ in the USA. It is a true statement for him to make a nod towards Walmart for being the cause for his frustrations.
Regardless if the ban is actually coming from Wal-Mart, his label still voiced concerns because of Walmart’s being notoriously stringent with their policies. Here’s a refresher.
Not Allowed: Cartoon Side-Breast Shot
Here are some album covers that were allowed to make it into stores that should have been banned before Kanyes’.
Rage Against the Machine’s debut album features a photo of a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk burning himself alive (and to death) in protest of the Presidential administration oppressing Buddhist religion.
Allowed: Living Human-Beings Being Burned Alive