A Plague On The Manics! Album Cover Deemed ‘Offensive’
Four major UK supermarkets are up in arms about the cover of Manic Street Preachers’ new album, Journal For Plague Lovers. The supermarkets reckon the cover is “offensive” and have refused to stock the album unless it’s hidden in a slip-case.
Journal For Plague Lovers features a painting by artist Jenny Saville, called Stare. It depicts a young boy with a red birthmark on one side of his face.
However, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons are apparently concerned that the red on the painting looks like splattered blood.
In a recent interview with BBC radio, the Manics’ James Dean Bradfield said the band are baffled and angered by the decision to censor the cover.
“[The decision] is utterly bizarre… It’s [Saville’s] brushwork,” he said.
“If you’re familiar with her work, there’s a lot of ochres and browns and reds and browns, and perhaps people are looking for us to be more provocative than we are being.
“We just thought it was a beautiful painting. We were all in total agreement. We just saw a much more modern version of Lucian Freud-esque brush-strokes. That’s all we saw.”
Bradfield added: “You can have lovely shiny buttocks and guns everywhere in the supermarket on covers of magazines and CDs, but you show a piece of art and people just freak out.”