This smells more like an idea coming more so from Axl’s publicist than Axl Rose himself, but, the latest on the Guns N’ Roses frontman is that his team asked for the infamous “fat” meme to be removed. In case you forgot what the photo looked like, click here.
Originally, the photo was taken in Canada in 2010. It blew up after it was released by photographer Boris Minkevich of the Winnipeg Free Press. Fans were sort of shocked at how much weight he’d put on… even though the guy was 48 at the time.
According to TorrentFreak and Guitar World, Axl (or his team, or both…) “[…] sent Google a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to Google claiming ownership of the image in question.” in an effort to remove it from the internet. The problem is, no one can agree on who actually “owns” the rights to the photo.
Since the photo was taken by Boris Minkevich, he’s claiming it’s his property. However, Axl‘s team states that photographers at his performances must get permission before taking photos. Google has yet to respond to the request. As of today, the photos can still be found online.
Regardless, Axl definitely doesn’t look that way now! What do you think? Should the photo be removed?