Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project BCABPP
It has come to our attention that Facebook is now censoring images being posted for this project. I have used social media long enough to know that they censor who and want they want. I see pornographic material on there daily. I see women, men, children using their bodies to elicitbusiness in their avatar usage. What I want to know is HOW can they censor a project that uses the human canvas and creates ART - when they allow nude paintings and other photos to be shown? I am positive that our children see more T & A while surfing through Facebook (and other online venues), as well as just turning on the television, opening a magazine or going to a beach!
I am the resident fuddy duddy. I do not support using a woman's body to illicit sexual response from the viewing end, I find that distasteful and part of the problem with "dehumanizing women" in the world view. If you look at Playboy or other magazines ... they are called ===> "bunnies?" I don't want to be soft fluffy bunny for your viewing pleasure! I want to be a survivor who stands up for what I believe in and support!
The BCABPP project selected women from around the globe. Different sizes, shapes and stories and provided them an outlet to feel beautiful again and use their voice to raise awareness & gain support for PREVENTION of this disease.
This is from the creator of the project, who speaks out for the women who do not have a voice! Today - 10.20.11ATTENTION TROOPS! Please Read / Sign & Pass this Information ON! We NEED YOU RIGHT NOW.... FACEBOOK HAS AGAIN CENSORED AND DELETED FIVE SURVIVOR IMAGES - During Breast Cancer Awareness Month no less. Does anyone have press or news contacts? This CENSORSHIP IS UNACCEPTABLE. They deleted images of women with no nipples and the latest image where her breasts are entirely covered!!! PLEASE HELP AND ALSO SIGN OUR PETITION!!! I believe these survivor images are all in good taste and I have created them with the idea of them being shown in public spaces - spaces even where children would see them. Unfortunately, in our increasingly PC and corporate safe, sometimes ultra-conservative world we are running into issues with these selfless inspiring survivor images being either outright CENSORED and removed or Blocked in some other manner making it unnecessarily difficult for them to be seen.
They have been safe enough for magazine covers and primetime TV broadcast (so far by a PBS program, CNN en Español, Univision and Telemundo just to name a few.
This is not just nudity for a cause - it's bodies covered in paint. It is no more revealing then a silk blouse on a cold day. Is just the bump of a nipple enough to cause such a stir??? Some of the women have no nipple reconstruction at all.
These women deserve to be supported and applauded for coming forth to participate in such a vulnerable way - NOT to be made to feel that they did something that they should need to hide or conceal or be ashamed of. SHAME ON YOU FACEBOOK AND FLICKR.
If you support this project and are offended by it's CENSORSHIP and not by it's natural human beauty please sign and comment below. :-)
thank you for your support... Michael ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ More about the project:
An all Breast Cancer Survivor project for awareness, fundraising, inspiration and healing worldwide.
Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project: A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors.
The collection of images is also currently on display at:
UNCOMMON Gallery 2713 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
So far 25 brave and incredible women have selflessly stepped forward and been painted for the project.
I may be the creator but these SURVIVORS are the project. Everything is a true collaboration of the women the body painter(s) and my work as well. All of it then shared and appreciated by the people it touches. Every link in the chain is important :-)
"When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece." ~John Ruskin
"Nudity is the garment of the soul" ~unknown
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." ~ Amelia Earhart
We the Undersigned, Ask for Facebook Powers that BE to stop their unfair censorship and deletion of artful images of breast cancer survivors who not only fought for their life - they now fight for the right to share their story and create a positive self image! There is nudity on Television, in magazines and even in public places - this is nothing new. There are paintings that circulate through facebook and other social mediums that are much more pornographic in nature - and have not been removed. Please stop censoring this project and those who are brave enough to step up and out as they use their voice and their canvas to SHOW breast cancer, does not mean UGLY. Breast cancer does NOT take our beauty away and the artists & photographers who donate their time, energy and love to this project should be applauded NOT censored.
Respectfully, Those who are against unfair censorship and who want to support the next wave of societal healing.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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