A French father of three is claiming censorship today when he went to log onto his Facebook account and found that it had been suspended without notice.
Claiming consistent contact with over 800 friends and relatives, the man now claims to have gone considerable pain after having been cut off from this social contact.
Facebook, for it’s part, has stated the suspension was not without reason, as the Frenchman, well known for their lack of common good taste, had posted a famous Dutch masterpiece by the painter Gustave Courbet entitled L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World), which is essentially a photo-realistic painting of a gaping vagina on a bed, and little else.
According to Gawker:
he’s demanding Facebook immediately reinstate his account and “compensate him in a substantial manner”—he presumably wants that compensation in vagina-painting form.
Was there any other way to compensate for such a crime?
While many artists and advocates are joining sides with gaping vagina fans everywhere, Facebook has held a firm grip on their ban hammer, nixing anyone who stands in their way much the same way the Indonesian government does, from porn stars wanting to reach out to fans, to every artist on the planet who’s ever done a nude sketch, the Facebook eye sees all.
Dutch artist Frode Steincke and French writer Luc Wouters have also jumped onto the vagina-wagon, only to be banned right out of Puritanland.
“Facebook wants to impose a form of Sharia law on the Internet by prohibiting the naked female body from being shown in the splendor of its natural beauty.” Luc Wouters after a banhammer to the face.
The unnamed man’s lawyer Stephane Cottineau said repeated emails to the California based company demanding the page be reinstated had also gone unanswered.
He added: “This blind censorship and refusal to reply to emails suggests he is not worthy of their attention and is someone who has acted immorally or illegally.”
Which would mean something, had Facebook’s rules not officially stated, “will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic, or that incites violence, or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”
Well, try again next time.
Although, in fairness, if you want a place to get millions of users addicted to artistic endeavors and with the freedom to post nude art pieces whenever you want, perhaps you should go out and create one.
That’s what we did.