Axl Rose is apparently very mad about “unflattering” pictures of him from 2010 that live on the internet. I’m sure there are plenty of people that are saying: “Yeah, you and me both, Axl” while silently cursing out a high school friend for posting a tragic #tbt of them to Facebook last week.
Back in 2010, pictures of a not-so-skinny Axl in a red bandana were taken at a Guns N’ Roses concert in Winnipeg, Canada. The pictures were taken about a year before the one you see above, so just imagine Axl looking a a whole lot plumper and sweatier. Naturally, once the pics hit the internet, it took about 0.3 seconds before they were turned into a meme. Most people have seen a variation of the “Fat Axl” meme at some point, but here’s what it looked like:
(My personal favorite is the classic “Welcome to McDonalds, we’ve got apple pies.“) Axl Rose must have just discovered the Fat Axl meme, because he recently filed documents to have them destroyed. How very Beyonce of you, Axl.
“Copyright image of Axl Rose. Please be advised that no permission has been granted to publish the copyright image so we cannot direct you to an authorized example of it.”
The pictures were taken by Boris Minkevich for the Winnipeg Free Press. Boris, who doesn’t own the copyright, says that anyone who made a Fax Axl meme is guilty of stealing the pictures from the Winnipeg Free Press.
So far, Google hasn’t taken any of the pictures in question down. If you search for “Fat Axl“, you’ll still get many many Fat Axl memes. And since it’s the internet, and the picture was taken at a public concert, I doubt Google will take it down. And really, who cares? We all have shitty pictures, Axl. If anything, he should just embrace it by opening the next AC/DC show with a parody version of “Back in Black” called “Snackin’ Snacks” while sitting on a giant pile of fun-size candy bars. Don’t fight the meme, Axl.
Pic: Wenn.com, Screengrab: Google