Axl Rose wants the unflattering photos that spawned the 'Fat Axl' meme scrubbed from the Internet - 2016-06-08
This was the beginning of "Fat Axl," a mean Internet meme that involves rewriting Guns N' Roses songs to mock the appearance of 2010s-era Rose. And it appears that Rose has had enough of it: Google received a whole bunch of DMCA copyright notices over the past week requesting the removal of one of those images from the Internet.
The notices, filed on behalf of Rose, target several cropped versions of the original unflattering photo, along with others that have been captioned in keeping with the spirit of the meme. One image is captioned, "take me down to the bakery city/where the pies have cream and the cakes are tasty."
"Copyright image of Axl Rose," the notices, filed by Web Sheriff on behalf of Rose read. "Please note that no permission has been granted to publish the copyright image so we cannot direct you to an authorized example of it." The complaints are available for public viewing in the Lumen database.