Iconic Band Pink Floyd Bombarded with Anti-LGBT Hate For Rainbow In Logo

Phaylen Fairchild
2 min readJan 20, 2023

“GO WOKE GO BROKE, SELLOUTS!”

That was just one of the 3,000 comments left on the status update by Legendary band Pink Floyd in celebration of their 50 year anniversary.

Bizarrely enough, the prism has been a part of the band’s brand since their 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon.

The artwork for the album cover featuring a refracting prism has easily become one of the most recognizable images in music history. Designed exclusively by Hipgnosis and George Hardie for the band’s eighth studio album and is an abstract illustration that “features a beam of white light, representing unity, passing through a prism, which represents society. The refracted beam of coloured light symbolises unity diffracted, leaving an absence of unity.”

In March, the bestselling album will turn 50 years old, and to celebrate, the band incorporated their most recognizable album cover into the number 50 to celebrate the milestone… and bigots absolutely lost their minds.

On Pink Floyd’s official Facebook page the backlash was instantaneous, with fans, many claiming to be over the age of 60 and lifelong listeners, accusing the musicians of having gone “woke,” or pushing a “liberal agenda,” affirming, validating or somehow showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community via the design.

The comment feature every assortment of anti-gay rage, name-calling, older men accusing the band of trying to appeal to “safe spacers and trannys” as well as real fans who are equal parts confused and amused by the outrageous reaction.

As word spread that everyone from MAGA fanatics to anti-gay preachers had launched an attack on the band’s social media, other web denizens pounced on the opportunity to highlight the blatant ignorance, arrogance and unwarranted hostility expressed by alleged one-time fans stating angrily, often in all-caps; “I’LL NEVER LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC AGAIN!”

Pink Floyd has not responded to the unexpected (and ridiculous) controversy.

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Phaylen Fairchild

Actor, Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ & Women’s Rights Activist All work copyright phaylens@gmail.com