Credit cards are definitely not punk rock, but that didn’t stop Virgin Money from wrapping two new credit cards with iconic Sex Pistols artwork. The UK financial services company is owned by the Virgin Group and founded by Sir Richard Branson. The unlikely pairing does make a little sense, considering it was Virgin Records that signed the Sex Pistols. Virgin Money explains the move on their website:
“In 1977 Virgin Records signed one of their most iconic bands, The Sex Pistols. They challenged convention and the established way of thinking – just as we are doing today in our quest to shake up UK banking.
To celebrate Virgin’s musical heritage, we have produced an exclusive set of Sex Pistols credit card designs – to bring a bit of rebellion to your wallet.”
Credit cards, corporate profits, and consumerism are the antithesis of punk rock and it’s no wonder criticism of the cards has erupted in social media circles. Some took the opportunity to make light of the situation – this tweet is pretty good:
With their new Sex Pistols credit card, Virgin Money are telling us that they're both vicious and rotten.
— Mr Roger Quimbly (@RogerQuimbly) June 9, 2015
Also, this probably isn’t far from the truth:
Nobody actually wants a Sex Pistols credit card. But someone at Virgin figured out that if they made one, social media would do the rest.
— Andrew Ellard (@ellardent) June 9, 2015
You can check out the official card page on the Virgin Money site here: http://m.virginmoney.com/virgin/credit-cards/rebellion/