Controversial Pulp Magazine cover draws criticism, band members, publisher respond

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Controversial Pulp Magazine cover draws criticism, band members, publisher respond
Sud, the band featured on the cover filming two women, apologizes to those offended by their photo. The magazine's publisher and editor, and the photographer, speak up

MANILA, Philippines – Pulp magazine’s August 2016 cover features the band Sud holding filming equipment and two pairs of female legs – one of them has a pair of underwear hanging off.

The cover sparked anger online, with many saying that the cover and the issue’s accompanying centerfold – featuring two scantily clad women on a bed being filmed by the band – were misogynistic and objectified women. 

 

Pulp‘s August 2016 issue, also their 180th, was published on August 1 and launched on August 3 at The Brewery at The Palace in Taguig.

After photos of the magazine were released online, Sud addressed this on their official Facebook page, saying: “Please be assured that it was not our intention to offend or objectify women as mentioned on social media. We understand their reactions and respect their beliefs. Sud sincerely apologizes for any sensitivities that have been hurt due to the nature of our featured photo.”


Some of the members of the 7-piece band have apologized for the images as well.









Meanwhile, members of Pulp have defended the cover and the centerfold.

Pulp magazine publisher Vernon Go told Rappler through email on August 3, “I would say, as publisher, I felt the images were quite tame and tongue-in-cheek.”

On Sud’s apologies, Vernon said that he hasn’t seen them. He added, “I think they should have more faith in whatever they believe is creative and attractive.”

Vernon also tweeted on August 2, denying the claims that the cover was misogynistic: “Photography of the female form that is sexy and provocative has nothing to do with misogyny. It is actual worship of the power of womankind.”







Vernon has also been responding to critics amid the backlash.





He explained that it was Sud and the magazine’s production team who came up with the concept for the shoot.


 

Creative Director and Managing Editor Nica Magnaye said on Twitter, “Pulp is, and will always be, straightforward and thought-provoking. People who get offended by it obviously know nothing about it.”



The photographer of the magazine cover, Oscar Louis Villadolid, has spoken up about the issue, saying on Facebook, “We didn’t mean to offend in any way. Our models for the shoot, Gillian and Kate, are such lovely people – people should get to know them.”


Pulp is a popular music magazine, with the first issue published in 1999. – Rappler.com

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