Recently, I did a body paint shoot with Erica (The Painted Lady) and Katie Potter (Photography by Katie Potter). The paint wasn’t nearly as extensive as it was in the circus shoot we did with Ren, only my torso was painted. My top was painted to look as though I were wearing a corset, and to be honest, nearly everyone I showed it to could not believe it was paint. I had the photo up for about 4-5 days, and then after Katie was subjected to a brief ban over the body paint shots she had posted on Facebook, Erica shared my photo, which was my profile photo on my personal profile, in order to encourage people to show Katie support. After that, within hours, my photo was taken down, flagged as inappropriate, and I was reported to Facebook.
Here is the image which offends everyone so much:
According to Facebook, photos are only removed if they fall under the following criteria: “Photos are removed if they contain nudity, drug use or other obscene content. If the photo attacks another individual or group, it will be removed as well.”
As you can see in my photo, nothing naughty is showing. The image is not provocative or distasteful in nature. It does not promote illegal activities or criminal behavior. It does not attack any individual or group. You cannot even see the OUTLINE of a nipple (thanks to the awesome paintable silicone pasties we used) so tell me why, Facebook, tell me why my photo was flagged as “inappropriate”. I even read your Community Standards page, and it still makes no sense to me.
Had we not mentioned that I was only painted, I am pretty confident that maybe 25-30% of people looking at this photo would have noticed that I was wearing paint and not an actual top. My photo violates none of your criteria….basically, some asshole reported my photo to be an asshole, and you took it down without even bothering to investigate or think about the matter. So explain this to me; what about all the women who post nearly naked photos online? All of the bikini photos, photos in sheer clothing, nip slips and worse? Those all appear to be allowed. I have seen people post way worse images than my little body paint picture. Hell, I have seen a guy post cell phone camera shots from a strip club on Facebook, pictures of naked female buttocks, and I have even seen a photo of a girl with her shirt open squishing her breasts together so that her areolas are visible. But…..all of that is okay?
I feel you are being a bit hypocritical, Facebook. Shame on you.
But most of all, shame on the jerk who reported my photo. I don’t know who you are, but apparently you have something against the photos Katie and Erica created with me and a couple other beautiful ladies I know. Whoever you are, whatever your problem may be; can’t you just let it go? Seriously—what do you hope to gain from pulling a stunt like this anyway? I guess you want to get over on Katie or Erica for whatever reason, but I ask you this: is it really worth it? You are just being selfish and not thinking of other people involved. Luckily, karma is a bitch, so I’m confident you’ll get yours in time.
I guess I have learned an important lesson in that I apparently cannot post any paint pictures to Facebook. From now on, any and all body paint photos I do will only appear in this blog.
The lesson learned? I am too hot for Facebook, even when all my naughty bits are covered.