Adultbooklr Banned Books Photo Challenge Day Three: Banned for Religious Reasons
“After all you’ve been through, you deserve whatever I have left, which is not much but includes the truth.” -Margaret Atwood
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So, until all this controversy over what’s ‘too racy’ to be considered art is settled, I should probably just play it safe and stick with what’s allowed on TV: police procedurals where they stack up dead hookers like cordwood.
April 19 2015 - A woman in South Gate, California was filming police in her neighbourhood, when a US marshall rushed her, grabbed her phone and threw it to the ground, breaking it. Afterwards police just continue with what they were doing like nothing happened. [video]
Vivian from Paper Mario 2004 is a transgender woman. It is openly stated in the Japanese version that she ‘appears to be a girl but is really a boy’ seeking acceptance from her sisters, who finally see her as female in the end. The entire story was censored in America. Source
Battle is (reportedly) “amazingly finicky on stupid things that don’t really achieve any government purpose. He’s implementing rules that are totally antiquated.”
Battle has rejected a beer label for the King of Hearts, which had a playing card image on it, because the heart implied that the beer would have a health benefit.
He rejected a beer called Pickled Santa because Santa’s eyes were too “googly” on the label, and labels cannot advertise the physical effects of alcohol. (A less googly-eyed Santa was later approved.)
He rejected a beer called Bad Elf because it featured an “Elf Warning,” suggesting that elves not operate toy-making machinery while drinking the ale. The label was not approved on the grounds that the warning was confusing to consumers.
He rejected a Danish beer label that featured a hamburger, which was turned down because the image implied there was a meat additive in the beer.
He rejected a beer that was marketed as an “India Dark Ale,” because it implied the beer was made in India (even though the label had a line with the words “Product of Denmark”).
He rejected a beer that called itself a “heart-warming ale,” because this supposedly involved a medical claim.
He also might reject your label if you address him as "Mr. Martin” instead of “Battle.”
Here’s the thing: queer people are not optional. We don’t appear at a certain time or place in life. We’re always here. If you mean to teach kids about the world, you have to teach them about queer people in the same way that you have to teach kids that people have different religions than you, or different hobbies, or different diets. Otherwise, you’re not protecting kids. You’re giving them false information, which is confusing at best, and damaging at worse.
I put together a display for Banned Books Week, which starts today; unfortunately I was told by my administrators that I can’t do a lesson on it, because the English department is teaching a new curriculum this year and they’re worried about fidelity and a BBW lesson “distracting” from the regular unit… So this is the closest I can get. But hopefully it’ll at least inspire some discussion.
A friend of mine has started a petition that will be sent to Swedish Cartoon Network to demand that they never censor these gems’ relationship again.
Please sign the petition here. It’s in Swedish only and we’d prefer if people who has a relation to Sweden signs it mainly, but even if you don’t have a relation to Sweden, please make sure to reblog this post to spread it (but no pressure of course).