Facebook Flip-Flops on ‘Nevermind’ Album Art

Naked baby may have violated Terms of Use

Nearly two decades after the album’s release, the iconic cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind is continuing to spark controversy, according to the Guardian. Earlier this week, pictures of the cover art—featuring a naked baby boy—were yanked from Facebook for violating the site’s Terms of Use, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Facebook does not allow photos that attack an individual or group, or that contain nudity, drug use, violence or other violations of the Terms of Use,” read the notice.

In an email, a source close to the band told Entertainment Weekly, “Facebook took down the product shots, they sent us a form message. I’m guessing it’s probably due to the baby penis . . . still making waves 20 years later.”

But Facebook seems to have changed its mind. The album cover has reappeared on the site’s official pages for Nirvana and Nevermind, which is promoting a commemorative 20th-anniversary reissue of the album on Sept. 27.

As for the owner of the baby parts in question, he has no problem with the picture being viewed by millions of Facebook users. Spencer Elden, now 20-years-old, has said, “Quite a few people in the world have seen my penis. So that's kinda cool.”