Those of you who caught my Fuck You post very early this morning saw an additional photo that was later removed by WordPress, presumably because someone found it offensive. It was a photo of a B-2 Stealth bomber dropping a load of bombs, with the caption, “Die, Motherfuckers.” I had the photo next to the paragraph about cancer—I put it in that spot deliberately. Someone obviously didn’t like it.
I’ve read the WP Terms of Service, and it says that as WP users we agree that “the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party…”
Following this logic, what exactly is inappropriate about that photo? Is it really hate content? Surely nobody thinks that my photo is threatening or inciting readers to steal a bomber and drop a few payloads on innocent people. Yes, we are all aware of the shooting that took place in Connecticut. It’s awful and tragic. But are we so dainty that we can’t use violent or evocative images? And in a different context? There’s nothing funny about bombs or war, and I think we all understand that. Look at the photo without the caption:
Is it offensive? Some might think so. But I doubt it’s a problem on its own. But if I add the words “Die, Motherfuckers” to the photo, it’s suddenly an item to be censored. Never mind that anyone reading my post would understand the context. Never mind that anyone who’s ever read my blog—certainly anyone who has ever read one of my Fuck You rants—knows where I’m coming from.
In any case, it’s censorship. Plain and simple. Fuck censorship.
Blog readers tend to be smart people. If they don’t like something in a post, they don’t have to read it. They are also well within their rights to comment and say, “Madame Weebles, that photo was really over the top.” Is that not sufficient?
So, to the person at WordPress who removed my photo (and they don’t notify you, by the way—the photo just disappears), thanks so much for giving me another subject to rant about. I know you’ve removed photos from other blogs too. Hell, I guess I should be thankful you haven’t censored entire posts of mine, given the screeds I’m prone to writing. But perhaps you should amend the Terms of Service to say, “Do not post images or content that could be considered offensive to any person, in any way, shape or form.”
Fuck censorship, man.