Artist: Neil Zlozower
Confronting Bodies: Music stores, chain stores ad newsstands across the United States
Date of Action: 1995
Specific Location: United States
Description of Artwork: The cover of "Guitar" magazine's October 1995 issue featured Flea and Dave Navarro, two members of the rock group "Red Hot Chili Peppers," topless and kissing.
Description of Incident: When the issue was released, stores such as Wal-mart, Gelson's, and hundreds of smaller stores and newsstands refused to sell the issue because they felt that it "promotes homosexuality." Several of the smaller stores refused to sell any further issues of "Guitar."
Results of Incident: "Guitar" magazine still circulates to 180,000 businesses.
Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996
Submitted By: NCAC