Is This Justin Bieber’s Alternative ‘Purpose’ Cover For Religiously Sensitive Countries?
On Tuesday (October 13), TMZ reported that certain Middle Eastern countries and Indonesia were considering banning the sale of the pop star's forthcoming album (featured above), which is slated for release on November 13. The Christian undertones (he's ostensibly praying and sports a crucifix tattoo on his chest) and the "provocative" shirtlessness put them off, the site said. Bieber's team reportedly rushed to drum up an alternative in response.
Well, it looks like we might have that alternative. Today, (October 16), Twitter fan account @biebersmaniabr posted the image above, with a Portuguese caption that roughly translates to: "This is the alternative cover for Purpose in the Middle East, the original was censored for religious reasons, and this is the cover alternative."
The photo features a man—likely Bieber—standing at the edge of a cliff overlooking a seaside. The art is completely black and white, and the "Purpose" etching is so delicate it looks like it could evaporate into the clouds. This Purpose is certainly a far cry from the original, and—dare we say it—we might prefer No. 2. That is, of course, if it's real...
Think this could be the second Purpose cover? Are you digging it? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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