Amnesty International recently issued an apology to Iggy Pop, after admitting that an Belgian anti-torture ad campaign used the singer’s image without permission. The image showed Pop’s face bloodied and beaten, and in French uttered the words “The future of rock and roll is Justin Bieber”, along with the message “torture a man, and he will tell you anything”.
According to Amnesty, the organization claimed to have acted in good faith, and were trying to bring attention to unacceptable is to use torture as a justification in some cases, but also wanted to make clear that the Pop’s statement on Bieber doesn’t represent his personal opinions, nor the organization’s cause. In addition to Pop, Amnesty has also removed photos of the Dalai Lama, in order to not cause further upset.
In other music news, Bono blasted Apple for not doing enough to promote their partnership with his global nonprofit (RED), during a presentation at Cannes Lions.
As reported by Billboard, the U2 frontman, criticized Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive, for being “annoying quiet about the fact they’ve have raised $75 million”. And to prove his point, he presented his (RED) iPad cover, where he noted that the nonprofit logo was lacked on the inside cover.
Apple’s relationship with (RED) was relevant throughout this year, as many activities were done including the single “Invisible” which U2 performed at the Super Bowl, as well as the inaugural episode on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Meanwhile, Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, seemed to have a few words of wisdom for singer Lana Del Rey, whom she criticized for frontman Kurt Cobain, whom she criticized for her seemingly glamorization of dying young. In her comments on Twitter, Cobain shares her experience of never having the chance to knowing her father, as he died at age 27, when she was almost two, as well as her strained relationship with her mother, Courtney Love. She went on to encourage Del Ray to embrace life, as she is too talented to not do so.
No word if Del Ray has responded, but the singer’s fans responded by telling Cobain to leave her alone. However, Cobain denies having any animosity for Del Ray, and defends her comments.