Burzum merchandise banned from eBay

The site says frontman Varg Vikernes's "history of violence" is the reason

Burzum merchandise banned from eBay

Photo: Press

Merchandise for the band Burzum has been banned on eBay.

The online auction site has banned the sale of items relating to the band, citing the "history of violence" of frontman Varg Vikernes. Vikernes was recently found guilty of inciting racial hatred by a French court.

Vikernes was given a six-month suspended sentence and also fined £6,400 for publishing a series of blogs which attacked Muslims and Jews. Vikernes was arrested in a raid last July, although prosecutors were forced to drop their original claim that he might have been planning a "large terrorist act" due to a lack of evidence. They subsequently accused him of hate crimes instead.

Metal Sucks reports that an anonymous user said that he tried to sell two items of Burzum merch on the site, but was rejected due to eBay's offensive material policy. This states that items cannot be sold if they "promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views."

Last month Sports Direct removed Burzum t-shirts from their online store following a public outcry.

Varg Vikernes, a self-confessed neo-Nazi sympathiser, has previously spent 15 years of a 21-year sentence in prison in Norway for the murder of Øystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, guitarist of black metal band Mayhem.

Vikernes was released in 2009 but was convicted of four counts of arson on churches in the same year. The musician was then arrested on July 16, 2013 at his farm in Salon-la-Tour in central France, where he lives with his wife and three children. Authorities reportedly grew suspicious when Varg's wife purchased four firearms, with a permit. The arrest was made by the French government's Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence, which revealed to the media that it suspected Vikernes of "plotting a massacre".

Read More On This Artist

More News
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pokes fun at Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig – watch
Actor Vincent D'Onofrio streams new spoken word album – listen
Johnny Depp joins Marilyn Manson on stage for 'The Beautiful People' performance
Motörhead post clips of current studio session
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell groove in new 'Bush' teaser – watch
Elvis Presley exhibition to open in Las Vegas
Korn sued by ex-drummer David Silveria
Kanye West performs 'Only One' on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' – watch
Sonic Youth to reissue 'Bad Moon Rising'
Kanye West announces new album title, unveils artwork
Drake matches The Beatles' record of having 14 Billboard Hot 100 songs simultaneously
Iggy Azalea says she quit Twitter as it made her 'want to punch everyone in the face'
Tobias Jesso Jr performs 'How Could You Babe' on 'The Tonight Show' - watch
Frank Turner announces details of solo tour in support of 'The Road Beneath My Feet'
House DJ Lil Louis confirms he is deaf in one ear following Manchester CO2 cannon incident
Dave Grohl stops Foo Fighters gig to give drum stick to blind fan - watch
The Cribs, Peace and Everything Everything lead latest Liverpool Sound City additions
Noel Gallagher on Alt-J: 'One of them's got a moustache, and that's...
Chvrches troll manager with fake 'new material' - watch
ITV deny reports Kanye West 'refused to speak' to Jonathan Ross
Second tree planted in honour of George Harrison after beetles eat original
Action Bronson releases 'Actin Crazy' video – watch

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM