Actually, the full story is that the artist didn't receive any flak at all, he's gone on record saying this.Yep:
What really happened is that people who were critics of the cover started getting death threats and the usual internet gak, and that's what prompted DC to pull the cover.
Cameron Stewart is one of the Batgirl
writers. This is one of several public statements he's made clarifying that the cover was pulled due to violent threats against people objecting to the cover
, and that the creative team behind the book were unenthusiastic about the artwork to begin with.
I don't read comics or particularly care what goes on their covers, but the focused insistence by some people to pretend DC was cowed into compliance by some sort of vicious Politically Correct Censorship Squad has been interesting to watch.