Walmart has been banning albums since the beginning of time, and let me be clear: That is their right. However, it's usually the likes of Marilyn Manson, Tupac, or Snoop Dogg (and that one time they were offended by a baby with blackberry juice on his face on the cover of a Goo Goo Dolls CD) Yeah, that happened.
But, this time it's different. They are taking aim at Christian rock group Stryper for the title of their new album titled: God Damn Evil
Along with Walmart, several specifically Christian music outlets have also declined to stock the provocatively-titled new disc. Stryper frontman Michael Sweet spoke about his disappointment in the retailers' decision.
"The odd thing is, of all the chains out there, we assumed Walmart would be one to understand exactly what our point and purpose is," he said. "Many chains have joined us in making such a statement. Walmart unfortunately has not."
The apparent "point and purpose" of the vexing album title is, according to Sweet, meant to be deciphered as an imploring prayer to God, not a shock tactic. The musician says the title's an earnest call for the godly banishment of evil.
"Our new album title God Damn Evil is a statement that's needed in our society," he adds. "We've seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us."
What are your thoughts?