Breast Cancer Campaign Deemed Pornographic by Facebook

Breast Cancer Campaign Deemed Pornographic by Facebook

By Miles Holden on November 03, 2011

A breast cancer campaign that promotes awareness through body painting has been cock-blocked from Facebook for being “pornographic.”

The Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project (BCABPP) paints the upper bodies of female breast cancer survivors with bright illustration – not to cover mastectomy scars – but to encourage women to find a newfound sense of hope and pride in their bodies.

In a statement to the press, “Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said: 'Images that were removed violated our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which prohibits photos of nude people.

Corporate spiel that has infuriated quite a few people, especially Michael Colanero (the man behind the lens) who said he went out of his way to make the images child safe, adding: “I want them to be in oncology clinics and children’s hospitals. I’ve gone out of my way to make them non-sexual.”

Supporters of BCABPP have taken action and won’t take no as an answer from the social networking giant – calling Facebook execs hypocrites for allowing fan pages for sites like “Girls Gone Wild” while banning pictures of breast cancer survivors – as a result they’ve started a petition that will hopefully clue Facebook in on a few things.

Mainly that, “with [Facebook’s] success comes a responsibility to approach free speech and advocacy for public health in a more cautious and deliberate manner,” and that if men are allowed to post pics of their “moobs” why can’t chicks show off their chests? It’s all about equality, man!

Despite this whole Facebook debacle, or perhaps, in spite of it, BCABPP keeps on trucking. Breast cancer survivors have flown in from all over the world to meet Michael Colanero – the artist and photographer that started it all – at his “uncommon” studio in Florida; one cancer survivor coming in all the way from Australia.

From all accounts, participation in the project is exhilarating, as one survivor puts it: “I wore it home, and I ripped off my shirt and I paraded in front of my daughter. She was so proud of me. That was an amazing feeling.” Rock on sisters, rock on!

I wonder how Facebook would react to a similar project aimed at testicular cancer awareness…?! Just a thought. Now, someone else run with it… I’ve got another blog post to write about a woman having sex with a ghost.


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