Is Axl Rose justified in demanding Google take down unflattering photos of him? | The Tylt
Axl Rose has suffered a great deal of ridicule over his weight gain, so much so that he has apparently run out of patience. Since June 1, the Guns n’ Roses frontman has filed 11 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requests to Google, demanding that unflattering photos of him be taken down.
Should people show mercy for Axl and stop being so cruel? Or does he just need to deal with it?
The specific photo in question was taken at a 2010 performance in Canada. Rose claims that he did not grant permission for photos from that event to be published. For the last six years, "Fat Axl" memes have spread all over the Internet. Users have added Guns 'n Roses lyrics to different versions of the picture to mock Rose's weight.
The Internet is such a cruel place. And if Rose genuinely owns the rights to that image, maybe he's justified in trying to get Google to take it down.
On the other hand: the Internet is again a cruel place, and Rose trying to get the memes taken down has only drawn more eyeballs to them. Beyoncé tried this move already and it totally backfired. There is even a name for this boomerang dynamic: the Streisand Effect (when an attempt to hide something actually draws way more attention to it). And all that is besides the point. Axl is a public figure and should be able to take a little criticism. He was a rock star who made money off his youthful sex appeal.... in the 80s. He should consider himself lucky to be a topic of conversation at all in 2016.
Maybe Rose should have Googled these things before filing a request with Google...
What do you think: #Mercy4Axl or #DealWithItAxl?
Is Axl Rose justified in demanding Google take down unflattering photos of him?