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The butcher cover
18 December 2017
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Dark Overlord said
I know this is a touchy subject but since it’s Beatles related I think it’s fine to talk about here. Do you guys think that the abortion theory is plausible, do you believe that The Beatles dressed up as abortionists with the butchered baby dolls and raw meat representing aborted fetuses. It’s a dark theory but then again it’s a dark album cover and it’s possible that The Beatles were trying to send out a pro life (or pro choice, depending on who you ask) message (after all, the album was released in 1966 and abortion was legalized in the UK in 1967) by using shock art.

By the way, let’s not use this thread to have a debate about whether abortion is right or wrong, I’ll be very pissed off if that happens, I only want to discuss whether The Beatles were trying to send a message about abortion on their Yesterday And Today album cover or if they had something else in mind.

Overall, while it’s a cool theory and it makes more sense than the one that states it’s in opposition to the Vietnam War, I also really like the idea that it’s a jab at Capitol for butchering their albums. Sorry if this theory is too dark for the forums, I just really thought it was a cool theory and it has a more literal approach instead of the more innuendo approaches of the other 2 theories.  

 I don’t think they wanted to make a reference to abortion issue. I see it more as @FatherMcKenzie, like a way to be against their image and the whole obsession with the media to have their photos and making photoshoots constantly, which is something they ended up hating in that period..

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I think that’s reading too much into it (the abortion and Vietnam War things, I mean.). The butcher cover was done while Brian Epstein was still alive and Brian Epstein strongly encouraged them not to make political statements. 

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