Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has found himself the unwitting spokesman for an Iranian book about sexual problems.
On Wednesday, an image of the book’s cover, which features a sullen Yorke surrounded by Arabic text, made the rounds on social media.
عکس تام یورک رو واسه چی گذاشته :))))))))) pic.twitter.com/viirKnui8s
— Nix (@Nix_Nikooo) May 6, 2015
The book is reportedly called “Marital and Sexual Problems in Men,” and is retailing at an online Iranian bookstore for 20,000 rials (or about $0.75), according to Yahoo Music.
It is unclear how Yorke ended up on the cover of an Iranian sex guide, but at least he is not alone; inexplicably, legendary American novelist John Updike is right there on the cover beside him.
"I know when I ponder marital and sexual problems, my mind immediately goes to Thom Yorke and John Updike. It just does."
— Kip Manley (@kiplet) May 13, 2015
To make matters worse, it appears Yorke’s face is also being used in a Russian advertising campaign for headache and insomnia relief.
*this banner was in Ukraine not russia! In Odessa (2009) pic.twitter.com/CCECxvhYpT
— local stigmatic (@local_stigmatic) May 13, 2015
Hopefully the strange advertisements are not affecting Yorke’s musical output; Radiohead is reportedly putting the finishing touches on their ninth studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs.