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Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri Shoots Down Claims That New Shirt Depicts A Battered Woman


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Emmure‘s Frankie Palmeri has once again found himself at the center of some public outcry due to some merch. A new color changing shirt on sale by the band (see above) was thought to depict a battered woman, leading to some controversy among the internet. Palmeri himself has since spoken up on the matter, stating that the shirt in fact depicts a victim of drug abuse, issuing the following statement regarding it (via clrvynt.com):

“‘Look At Yourself‘ is about all the mistakes in my life, or things that i’ve had to figure out the hard way. its about self examination and really just taking a good, long, hard look at myself and exposing those parts of me, and also exposing other parts of other people.

the shirt design is in no way endorsing nor portraying domestic violence. the art was not meant to depict a beaten women, but a person with drug related issues. it was meant to portray a person who ignores all of their problems in life, someone who can look in the mirror and not see the issues they truly have. that was the whole basis of the product title “reflection”

this was a design that was presented to me by my management team, that i personally was not a big fan of the way it was illustrated. but in all honesty i didn’t even think about it from that perspective. the whole idea had always been about self reflection and a piece of artwork that we tried to associate with the emotions of the record.

we even intended to release another version similar to this for our upcoming tour; but instead of a girls face it would be my own face with the ink changing to depict a disgusting person.

the world is a beautiful place filled with disgust, it’s time to take a step back and look at yourself if you want to move forward.”

Palmeri previously drew considerable outrcy for his now discontinued Cold Soul line of merch. The above shirt is available here and is part of the new merch offerings for the upcoming March 03rd release of the band’s next album, “Look At Yourself“.

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