This week, the legendary Pink Floyd announced a special 50th anniversary reissue box set of the Dark Side of The Moon. To launch the new box set, the band shared an updated version of the art for the album as their official Facebook profile picture. It sees the prism with ’50’ written inside it. Within the ‘0’ is the colours of the rainbow, calling back to the original ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ artwork. However, some fans saw the new profile picture as a statement of advocacy for the LGBTQ+ movement, and shared their anger at what they believed was a “woke” move.
The iconic 1973 Dark Side Of The Moon album features a prism refracting a rainbow on the cover. This was one of Pink Floyds famous albums of all time. The design was featured on shirts, posters, stickers and many other items. Apparently a large group of people are confused and angry over the new anniversary album reissue design and are accusing the band of going full woke and want Pink Floyd cancelled.
“Lose the rainbow, you’re making yourself look stupid!” comments an angry fan on Facebook.
“Sad to see a band that was once great has gone full WOKE!!!.” writes another fan. “I loved your music before, NOT LISTENING NOW!”
“What is the connection between pink Floyd master piece & LGBT ??? WTF….” says another.
“Are you going woke with rainbows?” another angry fan added. “Is there a straight flag? I want equal representation, don’t get me wrong, we should all be true to who we are.”
In response, a number of Floyd fans laughed at the misguided anger, with one writing in the comments section:
The furor from the right over the 50th anniversary post by Pink Floyd as “going woke with rainbows” is peak MAGA ignorance. It’s a prism of their own making, as it were. pic.twitter.com/MJp2B8cxx9— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 20, 2023
Wait, people are upset about @pinkfloyd 's 50th anniversary cover album, because there's a rainbow in it and it's somehow "woke"? Do they not recall the 1973 album cover? It's a prism. pic.twitter.com/W7g8fDT8vR— Shane Elliott (@shane_elliott) January 21, 2023
The new ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ box set will arrive days after the 50th anniversary of its UK release (which was on March 16, 1973) on March 24 and will celebrate the seminal record through a newly remastered version of the original release. The reissue will feature a CD and gatefold vinyl of the album, plus Blu-Ray and DVD audio featuring the original 5.1 mix and remastered stereo versions.
In addition, it will also include another Blu-Ray disc of Atmos mix plus CD and LP of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon – Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974’. The live recording will also be released independently on CD and vinyl on the same day as the box set, marking the first time it will be available as a standalone album.
A book titled Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon: 50th Anniversary will also arrive on March 24. Curated by photographer Jill Furmanovsky and created in collaboration with the band, it will feature rare and previously unseen photos taken during the Dark Side Of The Moon tours between 1972 and 1975.