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Heavens Gate cult threaten Lil Uzi Vert with legal action over artwork

This isn't the first time an artist has referenced the infamous 90's UFO suicide cult.

August 1, 2018

Eternal Atake, the upcoming full-length from everyone’s favourite goth king Lil Uzi Vert, seems to be landing imminently, with the rapper sharing the artwork for the project to his Instagram yesterday. And while the artwork, with its blocky neon text and cheesy planetary graphics, may bring to mind FIJI-sipping vaporwavers, the cover of Eternal Atake’s aesthetic origins are far more bizarre.

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The album cover’s style is directly lifted from the logo and general aesthetic of Heaven’s Gate, a cult of UFO-worshippers from the 90s, a number of whom infamously committed mass suicide upon the passing of the Hale-Bopp comet, believing the space-rock to actually be an alien spaceship that they could board through killing themselves and ride to a higher state of consciousness.

This isn’t the only flirtations with the cult to be had by Uzi – who also changed his Instagram profile picture to the former Heaven’s Gate leader – nor is he the first of his contemporaries, with Frank Ocean’s “Nikes” video containing numerous references to the group.

For those who may fear that Uzi might start praying to aliens, fret not – the Atake artwork doesn’t seem to have endeared the rapper too much to surviving Heaven’s Gate members, with the former members stating “He is using and adapting our copyrights and trademarks without our permission and the infringement will be taken up with our attorneys. This is not fair use or parody, it is a direct and clear infringement.”

You can check out the Heaven’s Gate logo below.

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