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Pini’s Bunchh Censored by Facebook

Bunchh by Pini, Censored by Facebook

Wendy Pini has always drawn very erotic, beautiful beings in her creations; Elfquest & Masque of the Red Death. She recently posted a drawing of her own creation, Bunchh, from MotRD. It was able to be seen, uncensored for 1 day before Facebook decided to censor the drawing of the blue-skinned, androgynous Bunchh. A student of Pini’s, had this to say:

From Sonny Strait:
“Wow! My mentor Wendy Pini got censored on Facebook for her picture of Bunchh. The interesting thing to me is I always considered Bunchh a male “in transition” but Wendy left even that to speculation. Bunchh was about as androgynous as you can get. So it’s a very interesting philosophical quandary set up here. If it’s okay to show male nipples, whats the rule on ambiguous ones? In a way facebook decided what even the creator of the series refused to set down…facebook decided Bunchh was female and therefore the bare chest was offensive.”

Strait’s response to this was priceless;

by Strait

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11 Responses to Pini’s Bunchh Censored by Facebook

  1. Tim in SF

    July 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    She should post her nipple-art on Google+. They are not nearly as heavy-handed with their policies.

  2. Marcello

    July 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Am i the only one finding the fact that the site condemning the censorship isn’t showing the original picture but a censored one a little… Well… Ironic?

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      July 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      There are a few reasons for that; however, the author of the article and I are in contact with each other and preferred the point that the censored image makes.

    • Marcello

      August 1, 2012 at 2:21 am

      i agree that the censored image has its strength in showing your point and if it’s been decided with the author then everything’s ok.

      but

      you have a few other reasons. facebook had its reasons too, what makes their unacceptable?

      don’t get me wrong, i don’t have anything against the article or your site, i totally support it.
      it’s just that this looks a little contradictory :)

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      August 1, 2012 at 2:39 am

      It’s a little complex. A lot of it has to do with our ad revenue and its sources.

  3. Shirley Marquez

    July 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Pini’s Masque of the Red Death has its own web site.

  4. Tim in SF

    July 31, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I don’t want to sound nitpicky, but if it’s not the government doing it, then it’s not censorship. Network owners can make whatever rules they want regarding content posted on their network. And those rules don’t have to be fairly or consistently applied, either.

    If you want to post blue nipples, post them on your own website, and then link to them from Facebook.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      July 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Tim,

      You are most certainly correct on that front. I do have to say that it is hypocritical for a company to apply the rules inconsistently. There is also the fact that what constitutes nudity or offensive materials can vary widely. For instance, would this image be wrong but would it be alright to post a picture of the Venus di Milo?

    • Shirley Marquez

      July 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

      I think there are non-government situations that qualify as censorship. One is when a company with monopoly power suppresses free expression. (For example, suppose that the only internet provider serving a community decides to filter content.) Another is when companies preemptively censor content because of the perceived threat of government action, even when no government sanction has actually happened.

      In the actual case, I don’t believe that Facebook has that class of monopoly power. It doesn’t mean that I like their actions; I don’t. It’s silly to protect children from seeing nipples when they are likely to have spent a lot of their first year of life seeing them at close quarters.

  5. eris

    July 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    You can write “fuck” all you want on FB, but blue cartoon nipples are going too far. Think of the children!

  6. Mollywobbles

    July 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Sonny Strait is awesome! Down with the Prude Police!