- NRA calls Beto O’Rourke ‘AR-15 salesman of the month’ in wake of buyback proposal 3 Years Ago
- After 23 deaths, Sean Bean is tired of getting killed on-screen 3 Years Ago
- Stephen Miller has a girlfriend—and people are stunned 3 Years Ago
- Mickey Rourke says Robert De Niro iced him out of ‘The Irishman’ Today 11:07 AM
- Conservative men are melting down over Elizabeth Warren’s speech Today 10:40 AM
- People are calling rapper Tekashi 69 a ‘snitch’ for outing gang members Today 10:16 AM
- Greta Thunberg tells Congress to ‘listen to the scientists’ about climate crisis Today 9:55 AM
- Maybe we should start taking Tom DeLonge seriously about UFOs Today 9:11 AM
- Get ready to argue about the alternate-history politics of HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Today 8:53 AM
- Third instance of Justin Trudeau wearing racist makeup emerges after he apologized for first 2 Today 8:45 AM
- 6 must-watch college football games to stream this weekend Today 8:12 AM
- What is the Hinge dating app, and how does it work? Today 7:00 AM
- ‘Inside Bill’s Brain’ is nothing more than a Bill Gates infomercial Today 6:30 AM
- Swipe This! He hasn’t texted me back. Should I text him again? Today 6:00 AM
- New Loch Ness monster video may just confirm giant eel theory Wednesday 8:04 PM
Axl Rose fights Google in attempt to destroy ‘Fat Axl’ meme
Sweet meme o’ mine?
A few years ago, Rose’s physical appearance was mocked in a series of memes. It became known as the “Fat Axl” meme, and now Rose is fighting back. According to TorrentFreak, the singer has issued a DMCA takedown notice to Google to remove unflattering images, many of which use GNR song titles or lyrics to mock his weight.
The six takedown notices, issued on May 31, specifically reference the photo of Rose in white on the left, taken at a concert in Winnipeg, Canada, in 2010. TorrentFreak tracked down the photographer, Boris Minkevich of the Winnipeg Free Press, who was reportedly not aware Rose was trying to erase the photo from the internet.
But the takedown request gets more muddled when issues of who actually owns the copyright arise. Minkevich could not remember if he’d signed a release that specified who owns the rights but stated that the photo was taken from the Winnipeg Free Press website without permission.
So far, Google has not taken down the photos, which still show up in an image search. In 2013, unflattering photos of Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl performance also became a meme, and her people tried to get sites like BuzzFeed to take them down, which did not happen. In fact, the Streisand Effect took hold, and the meme became even more widespread, a fate which might await Mr. Rose. Even non-celebrities have had to deal with sudden memedom.
Removing a meme from the internet is a Sisyphean task, but as the Daily Dot recently discovered, killing them is fairly easy.
We’ve reached out to Google for comment.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.