Renowned illustrator and creator of the infamous Elfquest, Wendy Pini has had her drawing of ‘Bunchh’ a blue-skinned androgynous character, censored by Facebook because it contravenes the platform’s nipple policy.
The character of Bunchh is from Pini’s webcomic adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, the Masque of the Red Death. She is described as a blue-skinned, hermaphrodite party planner!
Some of Pini’s fans and advocates have argued that because Bunchh is androgynous, then really, the fact that her nipples are on display in the picture don’t exactly break the Facebook censorship rules, because male nipples are ok remember!
A student of Pini’s, had this to say:
From Sonny Strait:
“Wow! My mentor Wendy Pini got censored on Facebook for her picture of Bunchh. The interesting thing to me is I always considered Bunchh a male “in transition” but Wendy left even that to speculation. Bunchh was about as androgynous as you can get. So it’s a very interesting philosophical quandary set up here. If it’s okay to show male nipples, whats the rule on ambiguous ones? In a way facebook decided what even the creator of the series refused to set down…facebook decided Bunchh was female and therefore the bare chest was offensive.”
Strait’s response to this was priceless;
For me though, this is neither here nor there, the picture should not be censored because it is art, if someone posted picture of a nude painting by the old classics, Renoir, Degas, Gaugin or Manet to name but a few, I don’t think it would be taken down, do you?
Personally, I have seen much more ‘offensive’ pictures on Facebook that have not been censored and I really don’t see why anyone would be bothered by it.
I think the censorship brigade need to calm down, before they end up looking really stupid and let the prude posse dictate their every move!