Controversial Pulp Magazine cover draws criticism, band members, publisher respond
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.
I learned my lesson the hard way. Thank you, internet. And I'm sorry to everyone. Your words are felt and it will make me a better person.— Sud Ballecer (@sudballecer) August 3, 2016
Srsly, humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa lahat ng mga taong na-offend ng aming cover. Pag-ibig all the way lang fwendz.— sarcasam (@SamuelValenia) August 3, 2016
Salamat sa nagsulat neto.— Jichael Mackson (@carloflips) August 3, 2016
We have been educated, we apologize, but we will not stop making music. Much love. https://t.co/i0TWTdX3bD
Masarap ang feeling na natatanggap ka na muli ng mga tao. Kakaibang balik siya. Salamat! Pagmamahal!— Jichael Mackson (@carloflips) August 3, 2016
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."
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 Go (@Vernon_Go) August 2, 2016
The new generation: prudish. academic. Thank God for metal.— Vernon Go (@Vernon_Go) August 3, 2016
academic #2 not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest.— Vernon Go (@Vernon_Go) August 3, 2016
"the debate has been largely academic"
Vernon has also been responding to critics amid the backlash.
@_tapsilog i will be like that to anyone who throws done an insult first review your shit— Vernon Go (@Vernon_Go) August 3, 2016
@yikesitsgianna once again this is a concept that was band driven and themed on themes they explore in their music unlike for example FHM— Vernon Go (@Vernon_Go) August 3, 2016
He explained that it was Sud and the magazine's production team who came up with the concept for the shoot.
@yikesitsgianna the band and production team came up with a concept based on the themes of their music. If you don't like, don't listen— Vernon Go (@Vernon_Go) August 3, 2016
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."
PULP is, and will always be, straightforward and thought-provoking. People who get offended by it obviously knows nothing about it.— NX (@nicamagnaye) August 2, 2016
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