Too Much Boobies?

Ever think twice when a Victoria Secret commercial comes on TV? Well if you’re a red-blooded American you think twice, even three or four times….but that’s not what the average American woman looks like. Plus size clothing company Lane Bryant had recently purchased an ad slot on Fox and ABC (both networks agreeing to air the commercial) but when it came time to air it the networks nixed it.

Bryant says the networks had problems with “the cleavage” in the ad and how it was too much but it was far from any Victoria Secret commercial with fans blowing through the girl’s hair as they strut their stuff virtually naked across our TV screens.  “Double standard? We think so!” they posted on their blog.

Now Fox has agreed to run the ad during the last 10 minutes of American Idol after some changes and edits were made but ABC states that they treated Lane Bryant no different from any other advertiser and says “their statements are not true” and that they “sought publicity instead”.

Backtracking?  Good thing these major networks have some of the best PR agents working with them.

See for yourself…would you deem this to risky compared to everything else we see these days on television?


Facebook God?

Facebook, a largely growing social media machine…now playing God? Freezing members accounts, school’s pages suspended, for what you may ask?  Art, not porn or any risky business but drawings and paintings pushing the boundaries of realistic versus realism.  There have been many recent standoffs between Facebook and artist provoking now heated conversations about Facebook’s affect on public discourse.  Frode Steinicke posted an image of  “The Origin of the World (1866)” by iconic 19th century painter Gustave Courbet.  It is provocative and extremely realistic painting of a females vagina.  Though the original is a famed piece hanging in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Facebook deemed it inappropriate.

“This is an unreasonable censorship, especially as this famous painting, part of cultural heritage, was intended to illustrate my comments…” Steincke stated about Facebook.

The French are obviously not amused by our American prudish shenanigans.  French writer Luc Wouters after hearing this permanently changed his profile picture to the famed painting…only to have his account disabled within 24 hours, calling the experience “a serious attack on freedom of expression”.

Facebook came out with an apology, unfreezing their accounts minus the painting.

Are Facebook Employees Against Homosexuality?

Facebook recently removed a photograph of two males kissing each other, the reason for doing so apparently had to do with a violation of Facebook’s “terms of use.” According to an article that appeared in The Huffington Post, these terms of use state that “You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”

This picture appeared as a post in a Facebook group that was calling for a “kiss-in” protest at a nightlife establishment where an act of homosexual discrimination had occurred not too long ago. It was said that the reason for this protest had to do with the owner of the establishment kicking out a gay couple because they were kissing each other, an act which the owner deemed inappropriate and offensive. Continue reading

Don’t Filter Me

Ever gone on the internet and had your access denied? Obviously not right now if you are reading this (phew).  Well being a student, in school it happens, but usually you need to be searching for some “risky” things.  What’s considered “risky” these days?  Not much compared to 50 years ago but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan sent an open letter to John Glenn High School of Wayne County stressing officials to immediately stop internet censoring on searches geared toward the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students.

“…When I tried to go to to get ideas for club activities [for the schools gay-straight alliance club], I found its blocked for being ‘gay or lesbian or bisexual interest…No other clubs at school have these kinds of roadblocks thrown their way…”  Brandon Bleau, senior at the high school said on behalf of their internet being censored. Continue reading

Confederate Causes Controversy

Gainesville State College in Georgia has violated First Amendment and has not yet responded to concerns that have been expressed over months.

On January 25, the President of the college removed the “painting of torch- wielding Klu Klux Klan members superimposed onto a Confederate flag” after it was criticized on the blog Southern Heritage Alerts. “The next day, at an official reception for the exhibition, the space where “Heritage?” had previously hung for two weeks was empty, except for the personal statement Bermudez had prepared.”

Reason for removal: “Health and reputation of the institution… the painting has been perceived as aggressively hostile in other areas of the country.”

Although the painting may be explicit in displaying the history of the South, these images are not fabricated. A sore subject brought up through a painting may not please the administration of Gainesville State College, but as a reflection on U.S. history, it holds a valid message. Regardless, the First Amendment of the Constitution ensures freedom of speech, which should not be suppressed.
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Gaga Over Malaysia

Lady Gaga in her video for Born This Way

Lady Gaga in her video for Born This Way

Even Elton John recognizes Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” as the new gay anthem. The catchy tune is topping charts all over the world, but the lyrics are more controversial in some places than others. Being openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or trans gendered is unthinkable in Malaysia, where any homosexual act is a criminal offense. So the lyrics-“A different lover is not a sin … No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby… I was born this way” have caused a cultural issue.
The debate lies between the radio stations who censor homosexual references in order not to disturb the general Malaysian public, and Malaysian gay rights activists, mainly Phang Khee, who has gone so far as to call upon Lady Gaga herself to protest by banning song play to radio stations who don’t play the entire unedited song.
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