#Censorship

Holy Hypocrisy and Cowardice, Batman! DC Comics Censors Bruce's Lil' Wayne.

Holy disappointment, Batman! As we previously reported, DC Comics’ Black Label made serious waves earlier this week by publishing a comic with full-frontal Bruce Wayne nudity.

The move was received with unanimous praise. Female characters have been over-sexualized in comics since forever, and seeing Bruce’s lil’ Wayne was harmless at worst, progressive and hot at best.

But now, DC has backtracked. According to The Hollywood Reporter,”a source close to the project” says according to the studio, “the nudity did not add to the story and would be removed in future printings.”

Sure, but the decades and decades’ worth of barely-there female costumes and booty shots were crucial to your exquisite storytelling. Please.

Anyway, now all 115,000 printed copies of the first Batman: Damned are hardcore collectors items; they’ve vanished from store shelves around the world.

Big Bang Comics in Dublin, Ireland announced a one-copy-per-customer limit because of “unprecedented demand.”

Many on social media are expressing themselves, including gays who, for one day at least, suddenly were interested in comic books:

“Just called my local comic shop to reserve a copy of the book with BATMAN’S PENIS and he muttered under his breath ‘this is ridiculous’ and I am so glad I get to annoy a straight person AND see Bruce Wayne’s peener in the same day.”

All future printings of this comic will be censored. The digital versions were already censored.

This whole thing wreaks of a publicity stunt. I had certainly never heard of DC’s Black Label comics until a couple days ago—had you?

So I guess this means those of us who never read comics to begin with can go back to not reading comics? As we were, then.

h/t: The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian


Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the other contributing writers.

Target Under Fire For Censoring LGBTQ Words In Book Descriptions

Apparently, Target doesn’t like it when descriptions about books contain LGBTQ-related words.

According to The Columbian, department store retailer Target has received complaints for blurring and bleeping out words related to LGBTQ themes.

It seems that several books, such as “Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability,” by Jack Halberstam, and "Double Cross: The True Story of D-Day Spies” by Ben Macintyre, have had their descriptions censored on Target’s website.

Not only were LGBTQ-related words like transgender or queer censored in Target’s edits, but so too were other words like “Nazis,” “stripper,” or “bondage.” This includes some texts that use the words historically.

 

After news of the censorship spread, Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck stated that the issue was unintentional.

“Like most online retailers,” Reck said in a statement, “Target doesn’t want profanity and other select words to appear on our website in an effort to ensure a positive shopping experience.”

She then added that the removal of words similar to those shared above “was an oversight on our part and they should be included. We’re working to update our site with the descriptions that were provided to Target by the book publishers.”

Since then, some words have been reinstated in a couple descriptions such as in “Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender” by Cael Keegan, which explores the works of the transgender filmmakers who created The Matrix and Sense8 series.

However, some books, like “No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding,” by Sean Wilentz, have remained censored.

h/t: The Colombian

YouTube Algorithm Out Of Control: Site Bans Gay Fetish Account Recon

YouTube’s censorship algorithm strikes again! The latest victim? A gay fetish channel.

The fetish-focused dating app and website Recon received word on July 25th that it’s informational/educational YouTube account had been disabled, according to them.

Company brand director Sandy Pianim then reached out to a few select friends to share the news before he later went public. That then led friend and fellow YouTube creator Amp Somers to make a Twitter thread about the incident.

“I tweeted because I’m tired of people being deleted and people being quiet about it all,” Somers told them.

Keep in mind, the entirety of the account was disabled. Meanwhile, several other fetish channels, where you can watch videos of women in latex, were left unaffected. Clearly, this is not an issue of censoring fetishism and an issue of censoring LGBTQ fetishism.

Even worse, this isn’t the first time that the channel has been banned by YouTube.

According to Buzzfeed, the account was banned back in 2016. YouTube’s excuse at the time was the same as this time. “It’s a hitch in the algorithm.”

“With over 400 hours of video uploaded every minute, we rely on our community and machine learning technology to flag content that may violate our Community Guidelines for human review,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. “With the volume of videos on our platform, sometimes we make mistakes and when this is brought to our attention we reinstate the videos or channels. We give uploaders the ability to appeal these decisions and we will re-review the content.”

It seems that these problems with LGBTQ content and the censorship algorithm have been happening a lot lately. In fact, there have been constant problems for the past two years or so.

For instance, 2017 saw several YouTube creators complaining about their LGBTQ-themed content being pushed behind a “restricted mode” wall. These were not just videos about overt sexuality, but everyday videos about bullying, weddings, and life as an LGBTQ person too.

Then earlier this year, South African singer and lead actor of the film The Wound/The Inxeba shared that the music video for his single “Clairvoyant” had been censored by the website.

These constant aggressions against LGBTQ people have left creators feeling resentful against the video sharing platform, and it has yet to correct these “kinks” in the program.

Unfortunately, the disabling of this LGBTQ fetish account, which again is not the only fetish account on the site, proves that YouTube has a problem with LGBTQ people (whether they admit it or not).

Back in 2016, the channel’s site was later reinstated after Buzzfeed made headlines about the incident. Hopefully, us raising a stink and getting in YouTube’s face about it will get their attention.

That said, will something like this happen again with its faulty algorithm? Most assuredly. And it seems to YouTube, that’s just another day on the job.

h/t: them., Buzzfeed

South African Singer Nakhane "Livid" After His Music Video Was Censored On Youtube

Youtube’s done it again with censoring gay content.

South African singer-songwriter Nakhane (who alo starred in the film The Wound) is criticizing the video sharing platform for putting up an age-restriction on the music video for his song “Clairvoyant.”

In the video, Nakhane is seen expressing a relationship with another man. The two argue, cuddle, laugh, share intimate touches, and kiss. That said, no explicit depictions of sex are included.

To be fair, the music video does contain partial nudity, which could have set off the warning. But there are plenty of other "sexually suggestive content" that don't get put behind an age-restriction. 

When he noticed the censorship, Nakhane was deeply offended and assumed it was because of the gay content. He then shared that frustration online.

Some, like actress and TV presenter Sade Giliberti, agreed. Giliberti stated in response to Nakhane’s tweet:

“The model is messed up. 3 of my videos have been flagged due to the ‘lesbian’ content. It’s trolls flagging & getting them either demonetised or restricted. YouTube need to up their game in how they just allow this without actually viewing content themselves.”

Do you think Nakhane’s music video should have been censored? You can watch the video down below and then let us know what you think.

h/t: GayTimes

Popular Chinese Social Media App Weibo Just Banned Gay Content

The Chinese government is at it again with banning gay content over the internet.

This time, the focus is on social media website/app Sina Weibo or Weibo for short, which is essentially the Twitter of China (as Twitter is also banned in the country) and has 392 million active monthly users.

In a similar act to how Craigslist is deleting Personal ads to protect itself from a new Congress bill, Weibo is deleting gay content in order to stay in the clear with Chinese law.

Through Weibo’s official account, the Community Manager shared the news that starting April 13, the site would “fulfill the corporate responsibility” and work under the Chinese Internet Security Laws. This means that gay content will now be banned on the site along with acts of violence, pornographic content, depictions of underage drinking/drug use, and more.

In order to make this happen, the company behind the social media service will closely monitor all content uploaded onto the service for the next three months. The announcement also shared that 56,243 violations were “cleared” during the time that the notice was made.

As you might expect, there was a strong opposition to this announcement. Many complained that the rules were too harsh and that Weibo accounts were being blocked and not just the content.

This is also a great problem for online content creators like comic artists, merch sellers, and filmmakers who largely market their gay content through social media like Weibo.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that China has banned/censored gay content. While homosexuality is legal and the Chinese government supposedly has a live and let live policy towards LGBTQ people, it would seem that’s only the case if they do it privately in their own corners of the country. Anything else, and LGBTQ people will be shut down with a forceful hand.

h/t: Beta News