Iggy Azalea wears Cradle of Filth shirt

Iggy Azalea wears controversial Cradle Of Filth shirt and people are freaking out

You know.... THAT shirt...

January 2, 2019
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Rapper Iggy Azalea has caused quite the freak out after donning a Cradle Of Filth shirt that Rolling Stone once called the “most controversial shirt in rock history.”

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The year is 1993. English metal band Cradle Of Filth were getting ready to go on tour with Emperor and needed another quick-printed shirt to sell.


“It was all very silly, I suppose,” frontman Dani Filth once told Rolling Stone. “It was 1993, and we were about to go on tour with Emperor. We had a different T-shirt at the time – it had a picture of my wife, who was all done up in black metal regalia, and it said ‘The Black Goddess Rises’ on it. We needed to get a new shirt done quickly for the tour; we’d already come up with the ‘Vestal masturbation’ image and phrase, but we still needed a back print for it.”

The shirt Filth is referring to has the image of a masturbating nun on the front along with the phrase “Vestal masturbation,” while the back of the shirt contains the words, “Jesus is a cunt.”

“We all were laughing about it, like, ‘Oh my god, that’s so anarchic – can you imagine that on a T-shirt?’ We looked at each other conspiratorially, like, ‘Shall we?’ And yeah, we did it. Even at the time, we thought, ‘Well, this is pushing the boundaries a little bit.’”

If you’ve never seen the shirt, you can view it below:
Cradle Of Filth shirt

[photo by: Heavy Metal Online]

The controversial shirt has found its way back into the mainstream media after rapper Iggy Azalea sported the shirt in an Instagram post on New Year’s Eve.


While the strategic cropping of the photo makes it a bit harder to tell what she’s actually wearing, fans of the band and those aware of the shirt’s existent knew exactly what they were looking at.

The media were quick to pick up the story, with Cradle Of Filth sharing Daily Mail’s coverage along with the post “Any publicity is good publicity, right?”

Iggy Azalea seems to be taking it all in stride.




Metal Hammer reached out to Dani Filth to get his thoughts on the whole ordeal.

“’I wasn’t at all surprised to see my mate Iggy in one of our shirts, as not only has  she extremely good taste when it comes to Black Metal, but the Antipodean rapper and I have been preparing a ‘phat as’ co-operation for some time now, we with me performing under my alternative monicker ‘Filthy F**kin’ Fresh’.”

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.