Image Credit: Jun Sato/WireImage.comWalmart had nothing to do with nixing Kanye West’s NSFW cover artwork for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, reps for the retail giant tell EW.
West referenced the chain in a snarky tweet last night, writing, “In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!” A report in the Los Angeles Times cited concerns within West’s label about “whether or not mass-market retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart would carry an album featuring venomous nudes.” But Walmart is doing its best to stay out of this story.
“We’re excited about Kanye West’s new album and we look forward to carrying it in our stores on November 22nd,” a Walmart spokesperson says in a statement provided to EW. “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.”
Note especially that last part: Walmart never even saw the cover artwork, let alone “banning” it. So any internal Def Jam debate involving the store must have been a strictly hypothetical one.
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