Nirvana Should Have Let the Baby Drown

Apparently, some wanker in America is now trying to exploit the fact that the image of him as an unclothed baby was used on the cover of one of the most iconic albums in music history to make a quick fortune. The beeb reports, “Spencer Elden, the man who was photographed as a baby on the album cover for Nirvana’s Nevermind, is suing the band alleging sexual exploitation.” Sorry, but this kind of thing irritates me: it strikes me as opportunistic and cynical. Elden has obviously realised that Nevermind was one of the most successful albums in history and is trying to claim some of the monetary credit for himself, despite having made no real contribution to it. He claims to have somehow been exploited sexually, and that he “has suffered and will continue to suffer lifelong damages”, but I find that absurd. For one, how can any thirty year old man be recognised from a photo of themselves as a baby, and an underwater one at that? Moreover, given this tosser has previously repeatedly referenced this image for his own art, attempting to recreate it as an older man (but obviously not having received the attention he wanted) it was clearly not that hurtful. It was only through a stroke of pure luck that that image was used, so if anything Elden should be grateful to have been a part of such a major piece of cultural history, not trying to exploit it by suing all the remaining Nirvana band members for $150,000 each. Sorry, but it irritates me when opportunistic wankers like this try to make such a fuss about things they have no right to.

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