Jimi Hendrix Album Banned In Malaysia Over Cover Art

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love has been banned in Malaysia because of its cover art. According to the Malay Mail, the government determined that the cover represents too closely the Lord Vishnu:

"We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in," one official told the paper.

"But if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it. We'll definitely take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities, whether it's Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other."

Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in America, told WENN that he approves the move:

"The entertainment industry should not be in the business of trivialising Hindu deities, who are meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely on CD covers."

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