Pink Floyd fans have lashed out at conservatives who mistook the band’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” logo for an LGBT-supporting rainbow.
This week, the legendary prog rockers announced a special box set of the reissue of their iconic album dedicated to the 50th anniversary. The 1973 recording uses a prism that refracts light, creating rainbow colors.
To launch the new box set, the band shared an updated version of the album cover as their official Facebook profile picture. He sees a prism with “50” written inside. Inside the “0” are the colors of the rainbow, reminiscent of the cover of “Dark Side Of The Moon”.
However, some fans took the new profile picture as a statement in defense of the LGBTQ+ movement and shared their anger over what they believed was the “awakening” movement.
“Lose the rainbow, you’re making a fool of yourself!” one wrote, while another said they would no longer listen to Pink Floyd in the future.
— Will you wake up with a rainbow? another angry fan added. “Is there a direct flag? I want equal representation, don’t get me wrong, we all have to be true to who we are.”
In response, several Floyd fans laughed at the unreasonable anger, and one of them wrote in the comments section: “I thought it was a joke, and I had to see it with my own eyes. Do people really have tantrums because of the rainbow that has ALWAYS been on this iconic cover?”
Another added: “You realize you’re homophobic when you get mad at the rainbow, which has always been the Pink Floyd logo. It shines out of the triangle; represents the beginning of life and all the paths and influences throughout life.”
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 go on sale a few days after the 50th anniversary of its release in the UK (which took place on March 16, 1973) on March 24 and will celebrate the founding album through an updated version of the original release. The reissue will include CD and vinyl with the album, as well as Blu-ray and DVD audio with the original 5.1 mix and updated stereo versions.
In addition, it will also include another Blu-Ray disc with an Atmos mix, as well as the CD and LP “The Dark Side Of The Moon — Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974”. The live recording will also be released separately on CD and vinyl on the same day as the box set, which means it will be available as a separate album for the first time.
A book titled Pink Floyd — The Dark Side Of The Moon: 50th Anniversary will also go on sale on March 24. Curated by photographer Jill Furmanowski, created in collaboration with the group, contains rare and previously unpublished photographs taken during the Dark Side Of The Moon Lunar Tours between 1972 and 1975.
Last year Pink Floyd released a special charity single “Hey Hey Rise Up” to raise money for humanitarian charities helping victims of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war. In December, the band announced that with the help of the song they had raised 500,000 pounds for this cause.