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Facebook censors GoTopless statue of liberty
LAS VEGAS, July 20, 2011 – GoTopless.org is calling for a public protest after an image at the organization’s Facebook page depicting the Statue of Liberty with bare breasts was removed by Facebook staff. The disputed image was a photo of a painting by GoTopless member Donna Grabow.
The incident began when GoTopless president Nadine Gary received an e-mail from Facebook staff on July 18 explaining the reason for the photo’s removal. It read, in part:
“Clearly the image wouldn't have been taken down had Grabow also drawn a beard around the statue’s face,” said Brigitte Boisselier, a GoTopless member who is also international spokesperson for the Raelian Movement. (Both organizations were founded by Rael, who launched GoTopless to promote equal topless rights for women.)
“I’m asking all my friends on Facebook and those who believe in equal rights for men and women to post the picture that was taken down,” Boisselier said. “Some frustrated individuals can’t see a nipple without freaking out or feeling offended, but we’ve already had enough discrimination against the female body. I’m asking all women on Facebook to stand for equal topless rights by posting this photo to their own pages. And I’m also asking all men who can appreciate a female body without feeling guilty to do the same.”
Photo of Rihanna exercising her topless rights in NYC banned from Facebook page
GoTopless.org to hold Aug. 26 rallies to secure women’s topless rights
Facebook has informed Nadine Gary, president of the organization GoTopless (gotopless.org), that it is temporarily freezing her Facebook account because she posted a photo of Rihanna in which the celebrity appeared without wearing a top in NYC.
Gary said a Facebook representative told her that the picture, which Gary had posted on Facebook on behalf of GoTopLess, violated the social media site’s rules of decency.
“GoTopless is an activist women’s organization devoted to promoting women’s constitutional right to go topless in public,” Gary said in a statement released this morning. “The U.S. Constitution clearly upholds gender equality, and that principle should apply to laws dealing with the right to go topless as well as to the right to vote, bear arms and do many other things.”
Gary said Rihanna was seen exercising that right in New York City back in March, when she was seen going topless to a casual evening dinner.
Female nipple banned at US art festivals!
Members of the San Diego, CA Gotopless.org chapter visited the La Jolla, CA arts festival this past weekend and admired the beautiful artwork displayed everywhere, some being painted before their eyes as chalk artists were reproducing classical masterpieces on the pavement.
What surprised them was hearing that the art festival does not allow any female nipple shown on any art pieces, including the classical masterpieces (the artwork must be altered to comply with the censorship!) to allow the event to remain "family friendly". Have we lost our minds??? During the Renaissance, nipples were family friendly, church friendly... and in the 21st century they have suddenly lost their noble status, at least in America since this female nipple banning rule seems to apply to all Art festivals around the country.
This nipple censorship at festivals is not only ridiculous, it is unconstitutional since the nipple of men can be freely featured in art pieces at Art festivals. Artists must stand up for their right! Visual artists ARE WELCOME to join our festivities on Go-Topless Day Aug 26, 2012 and display the female nipple on their art pieces. It is their constitutional right!
No matter how much we kick and scream and use children to falsely justify our inner repression, our constitution will always have the last word over "morality".
Please note that the Art Piece displayed is called Time Unveiling Truth by Tiepolo 1743.
This Art piece carries a controversy in Italy because in 2008, the staff of Italian President, Silvio Berlusconi, covered the nipple of the women portrayed in the piece. Note that the woman represents Truth... the naked Truth?. Gotopless loves this symbol all around!
Buzzle.com writes the following about the incident in 8/3/08: "So it was with something approaching incredulity that it emerged yesterday that Berlusconi's staff had perpetrated an act of censorship worthy of the Victorians who fitted skirts to table legs. Over the table at which Berlusconi holds press conferences in Palazzo Chigi, Italy's equivalent of No 10 Downing Street, hangs a huge copy of a painting by the 18th-century Venetian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. It was selected by Berlusconi himself. Slap in the middle of the painting is a neat, round female breast. During press conferences, as a commentator writing for the daily La Stampa noted, the breast floats above the prime minister's head "like a halo". This, it was felt, was too much for the sensibilities of a nation that - long before Berlusconi came along - had been feasting its eyes on half-naked Magdalenes and Minervas, not to mention the blatantly erotic statuary of Antonio Canova. Tiepolo's breast, with attendant nipple, had to go."