Monday, 11 April 2011

We're moving

The Google AdSense Team has sent me an email warning me that this blog has pornography and/or adult content. As an example, they referred me to the 1932 label, where one may find these two paintings:



I was told that unless I remove those images they can not continue to allow me to display ads on that or indeed on any other of my blogs that also contain images of nudity - which is perfectly possible, seeing as I love art.

I would have liked to contact whoever is the decider in the AdSense team, to inform him/her that neither Tamara de Lempicka nor François-Emile Barrauda were pornographers, nor did they produce anything other than quality content (not to say there is no quality porn) - but the same mind that could not tolerate the sight of these works of art understandably will also not tolerate to be contacted. They appear to be spooked by many things with no rational motive.

In this the AdSense team is not alone. For example, the team in charge of supervising the content of blogs has become sadly known for its tendency to feel upset over gay sites (including those that, like mine, are not pornographic) deleting them without justifying so to their authors - which makes perfect sense for, in truth, how does one justify a morally indefensible aversion? How does one justify a prejudice?

Seeing as it's not possible to talk to these people, nor would they understand me if I did, and they'd just get emotionally stressed for nothing if I were to do so; and seeing as I would not wish to cause any more emotional distress to people who already worry themselves so much over things that don't matter, I thought it best to simply transfer all my blogs to Tumblr, something which was very easy to do and not a bother at all.

The new address is Old Paint and there I will continue to do much the same that I've been doing here. So if you've liked it so far, just follow the link.

I'd like to thank Blogger for having served me so well throughout these years and I hope those responsible for these reprehensible decisions stay on the meds. See you soon! :)

34 comments:

jovana said...

imbecils...

Hels said...

good grief
poor old Titian will be next :(
and what about sculpture? :(

M said...

Sculpture is even worse, it's 3D and so presumably one could touch it and do all sorts of naughty things with it. ;)

Anrad said...

The decision by google team makes no sense at all. This blog was wonderful and i did not see any sign of what they called pornographic here. If this is pornographic then all the major museums in U.S are pornographic. lol ..makes no sense,right!
Please keep up the good work...see you in tumblr!

M said...

I don't know if they consider these nudes porn, but they certainly consider it mature. The implication must be that it's inappropriate for children. I tend to think in these situations that they're afraid to get sued by an over-zealous, puritanical parent who feels his child might get traumatized if he accidentally sees the Birth of Venus by Botticelli.

diana bz said...

:(
follow you to Tumblr...!

M said...

Thank you, see you there! :)

columnist said...

I've added you to my blog list on Tumblr. Google is really rather silly sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Could the Adsense team have the same radios in their heads as the woman who attacked the Gauguin?

Galatea said...

First a big THANK YOU for all these incredible posts of art I have enjoyed and visited so often!!! This is crazy news! I'm in shock... I can hardly believe this... Your blogspot is extraordinary! The pieces of art that you have gathered here in one place for us to enjoy has been a joy for me since the moment I discovered it. I admit I hardly leave comments and now I feel badly about that. But please know I have been visiting your site here almost every day and sometimes more than once a day! This is really an outrage that this GREAT effort of yours will be lost. Is there anyway you could possibly transfer the whole thing without losing any of your posts? I have bookmarked your new link but I am heartbroken this one might become unavailable. Again, thank you for the beautiful place you have provided here in cyberspace. I will see you at your new site!

M said...

Thanks Columnist, see you there!

Hi, Anon! I don't know if the Adsense team have the same radios in their heads as the woman who attacked the Gauguin, but they must have the same problem as a certain tv news station who censored the breasts of the women in the Gauguin painting when it broadcasted the story.

Hi, Galatea, thank you very much for your lovely words! I have not been threatened with a shut down so, to the best of my knowledge, the images here will continue to be visible. My Flickr site where I host all my pictures is under no threat and one can always see the pictures there. I'll see you at the new Old Paint!

rrr said...

i'm just fapping with class. so what?

M said...

Cheeky.

Akwarelia said...

Hi!
I'm really shocked. The reasons given by the AdSense Team are so odd! I can't believe that an intelligent human being could to take such decision. I think it had to be a bot or someone insane...
I liked this blog and I'll follow your new one with a pleasure. Thank you, 'M'! And see you soon on Tumblr. :)

M said...

Hello Akwarelia, thanks! There is some diseased, faulty logic at work here, for sure. I hope you like the new tumblr version as well, see ya! :)

edd tokarz harnas said...

I reposted your dilemma on my blog to call further attention to this latest round with the corporate thought police.

M said...

Thank you very much Edd, how kind! I hope we can make a difference. Loved you work, you're seriously talented. :)

Ugly Buddhist Woman said...

All the archived paintings will move over to new tumblr site?
I hope so... these paintings are treasures !

M said...

Thank you, UBW! Even if I knew how to do that I wouldn't bother, seeing as the images will remain up both in this blog and in my Flickr archives, where they were all originally uploaded.

JCS said...

It's difficult to believe that any group could consider fine art to be pornographic. Are the religious fundamentalists actually taking over the web?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great images and see you at Tumblr!
google cops-bah!

M said...

The anti-sexuality fundamentalists have won, yes. If they're religion-inspired or not I couldn't say.

I've learned to stop watching a movie/tv series when things turn even the slightest little bit sexy (like showing a bit more skin, or implied sex going on, etc) because the minute that happens you know something bad is going to happen, usually something associated with death, like death is the punishment for having sex and you imediately degrade and devalue yourself and call death upon you when you do it - sex is always the wrong decision. When you notice this subliminal message overwhelmingly in everything you watch it stops being subliminal and becomes blatantly obvious - and majorly irritating.

All this to say that I can understand why someone born at this day and age would feel instantly afraid and upset at the sight of a tit. Maybe they can't explain it, but I think it's because every movie and tv show they've ever watched has taught them to be afraid.

I don't know why the subliminal messages are there in the first place, but they are. Sorry as I am for those who are victims of the currant cultural climate I don't have to be a victim of that culture, and I'll continue to enjoy a nude for what it is.

M said...

Hi, Anon, thanks! No more tea and crumpets for them. :)

遷鴇兒 said...

I love your posts...... thank you so much M

M said...

Thank you, 遷鴇兒, always nice to hear. :)

Nadna said...

Following you to Tumblr. Far away from stupidity (I hope).

Leonard Greco said...

That is maddening, but i am happily following your new address. Have pasted it to my own blogroll for future readers.
Thank you for fine job, will continue to enjoy your posts.
Leonard @ babylonbaroque

ethel mertz said...

God help us from morons trying to "protect" us from ourselves. Will happily be seeing you at the new address!

M said...

Thanks guys, see you there!

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Nundhaa said...

This is ridiculous

Tony said...

US moral principles, they will not ban you if you display killings, shootings, murder....but they see a breast and they start shaking!!

Digiletras said...

We support you and follow you to Tumblr. Ignorance and prejudice won´t stop you, go ahead!

luxmike said...

Raio de critério ignorante