UK bans Demi Lovato’s album posters for being offensive
Singer Demi Lovato it seems that his new, controversial album cover has taken a toll on many nerves. The star has released a poster promoting her 2022 album ‘Holy Fvck’, which has upset advertising regulators. After spending some time on the British billboards, the association removed them, claiming they were offensive to Christians.
After that, the star’s label, Polydor Records, came to his defense, saying that the poster was not as offensive as they thought. Still, the association warned them to keep the posters away from the public, insisting they were disrespectful and offensive.
While some supported the decision, several came to the star’s poster’s defense, noting that “blasphemy is not a crime.” They also said that the singer has the right to express herself in any way and format she likes.
Read on to learn more.
Demi Lovato’s ‘Holy Fvck’ album poster was first released in 2022
A sizzling poster promoting the ‘Cool For The Summer’ singer’s latest album has started making the rounds on UK billboards in the summer of 2022. Not long after, however, it attracted the attention of the British Advertising Agency (ASA). Based on Independentthe association, which believed the advertising photo to be offensive, took steps to remove it and ban it entirely.
In the poster, Lovato was lying on a cross-shaped mattress wearing a black bandage dress. The album title “Holy Fvck” accompanied the poster to complete the concept. The ASA noted that it would be disrespectful to leave the ad as it sexualises Christianity.
The poster “Probably gave serious offense to Christians”
SAMPLE he explained that the “Holy Fvck” poster was likely to offend the public and was disrespectful to Christians. Describing Lovato’s image in the ad, they noted that the star was “tied up in a bandage-style dress while lying on a mattress shaped like a crucifix, in a position where her legs resembled Christ on the cross. .”
They then explained that the album’s image and title sent the wrong message. “Together with the reference to Saint Fvck,” the poster made a connection between sexuality and the sacred Christian symbol which was the cross where Christ died. They noted that it was “likely to give serious offense to Christians”.
The association then decided to ban the poster from billboards. They added: “We therefore conclude that the ad is in breach of the Code.” Commentator Alice Grant also supported this view by saying that the association should ban the “demonic” poster.
Demi Lovato’s record label has come to her defense
The record label noted that the poster was not offensive in any way and that the ban was ridiculous. It was also explained that the poster was approved before it was put up on British billboards. Additionally, the promotional posters remained on the billboards for only four days before being removed on August 23.
Despite their claims, the association warned them to keep the posters away from the public, insisting they were disrespectful and offensive. Their statement read: “We have told Universal Music Operations to ensure that their ads do not cause serious or widespread offense in the future.”
Fans defended Demi Lovato on social media
In response to the ban, some fans and supporters came to the singer’s defense and took to social media to criticize the decision. A fan he tweeted, “If your album art poster is so offensive… How did it get approved in the first place? I am not offended by Demi Lovato’s ‘HOLY FVCK’ album cover or the songs on the album.”
Julia Hartley Brewer is also a British reporter said“Just because you’re offended by something, you don’t have the right to take it off.”
A poster promoting Demi Lovato’s album sparked controversy for linking slave sex to the crucifix.
Commentator Alice Grant says the “demonic” poster should be banned.
Julia: “Just because you’re offended by something, you don’t have the right to take it off.”@JuliaHB1 pic.twitter.com/oVjuAolbzg
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) January 11, 2023
Humanist UK’s official Twitter account defended Lovato on Twitter thread. They found that blasphemy is no longer a crime and the star should be allowed to express himself in any way he sees fit.
They wrote: “Freedom to criticize or mock religion, to offend, and to express art is a cornerstone of a free society.”
“We can accept that whatever people think about the language used, religious offense should not have been a factor in the ban.” – concluded the organization.