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Go-Go's 'Baffled' By Album Cover Controversy

05/08/2001 1:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
Neal Weiss

(5/8/01, 1 p.m. ET) -- The Go-Go's are "baffled" by Catholic League protestations over the cover art for the group's upcoming album, God Bless The Go-Go's, due May 15 from Beyond Music. The artwork depicts the five members dressed in clothes shrouded with religious imagery--according to the league they are emulating the Virgin Mary, while the group counters that they are dressed merely as saints.

Either way, band members Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, and Jane Wiedlin wonder what all the fuss is about. "We're completely baffled, we have no idea. It's just art to us," says Caffey.

Carlisle adds, "And anyway, any sort of art shouldn't be an issue. Art should not be censored. I don't get that it's controversial at all."

Wiedlin quips, "I'm happy to be on the same team as Tinky Winky and Harry Potter."

According to various right-wing factions, TeleTubbies character Tinky Winky is gay, while the Harry Potter children's book series is anti-Christian because of its inclusion of sorcery and witchcraft.

League president William Donohue blasted the band for ripping off Catholic imagery and resorting to "cheap ploys" to lure a new audience to the band (LAUNCH, 4/19).

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles group's schedule heats up as the release of God Bless The Go-Go's nears. The band will travel to a USO base in Turkey for a Mother's Day performance (May 13) for American troops and their families. Closer to home, the Go-Go's make an in-store appearance at Wherehouse Music in San Francisco on Wednesday (May 9) and perform a free concert at New York City's NBA Store on May 17 to help usher in the WNBA's fifth season.

-- Neal Weiss, Los Angeles

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