Tweet at Donald Trump and your account may be flagged as ‘potentially abusive’

I follow Donald Trump on Twitter. I don’t know why I do it. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I think most of what he has done since becoming President has been wrong. I guess I follow Donald Trump on Twitter to see all the stupid and unnecessary things he tweets about.

Donald Trump tweeted something yesterday that provoked a response from me:

Tweet at Donald Trump and your account may be flagged as 'potentially abusive' - Bent Corner

Here is the tweet I made in response:

Tweet at Donald Trump and your account may be flagged as 'potentially abusive' - Bent Corner

Upon leaving the above tweet, I received the following message on Twitter:

We’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.

What’s going on?

Creating a safer environment for people to freely express themselves is critical to the Twitter community, so if behavior that may violate the Twitter Rules is detected, certain account features become limited. We’ve detected some potentially abusive behavior from your account, so only your followers can see your activity on Twitter for the amount of time shown below. Your account will be restored to full functionality in: 12 hours and 0 minutes.

The countdown will begin once you continue to Twitter.

I called Donald Trump a tiny-handed, thin-skinned douche-nozzle and I’m labeled as potentially abusive. I’m supposed to believe that what I said made Donald Trump’s experience on Twitter feel unsafe? Sorry if I robbed the sensitive orange snowflake of his safe space.

The whole thing is absurd. What I said is factually correct. Donald Trump does have tiny hands. Donald Trump is thin-skinned. Donald Trump is a douche-nozzle. Who knew telling it like it is about an elected official, one who received fewer votes than his opponent, could get you labeled as abusive? Talking shit about your elected officials is as American as no-fault divorce and type 2 diabetes. Twitter is being un-American.

In the end, the joke’s on Twitter. I don’t think anyone other than the people who follow me ever sees my Tweets. Their 12-hour limitation is a limitation without distinction.

House Republicans censor art displayed in Capitol building

If you support art censorship, you might as well put on a dirty robe, grow a beard, and go live in a cave in Afghanistan.

There’s an area in the U.S. Capitol building, the Cannon tunnel,  where members of the House can display artwork created by their constituents. Democratic Representative William Lacy Clay displayed a painting by high school student David Pulphus. The painting depicts the civil unrest experienced in Furgason, Missouri after a white police officer shot and killed a black suspect, gentle giant Michael Brown.

House Republicans censor art displayed in Capitol building - Bent Corner
No X-Men, no peace!

The painting shows people in the street protesting. It shows two police officers depicted as wild boars. It shows a werewolf rocking some red sneaks. There’s also a black man nailed to a cross that looks like the scales of justice weighing the yin-yang symbols. There’s a lot of other things going on in the painting including one woman holding a sign promoting mutants or more accurately, the X-Men.

Although I think the artistic technique is somewhat crude, I like the painting very much. It’s interesting and provokes thought. That’s the greatest compliment that you can bestow on an artist, that their art provoked thought.

Ever since the art has been hung in the Cannon tunnel, it’s been taken down and put back up repeatedly. At least some Republican members of Congress have taken exception to police officers depicted as “pigs.” I don’t think of wild boars as pigs. Not really.

What if wild boars and pigs were the same things? So what?

To quote the great Devon Tracey: “Not All.”

Even if you depict two police officers as pigs, it doesn’t mean you’re saying that all police officers are pigs. One of the cops is pointing his weapon at the werewolf. Maybe that cop is only trying to protect the protesters from the werewolf. Sadly, unless he loaded his gun with silver bullets, his gun won’t do shit against a werewolf. The other cop might not even be a wild boar. He or she looks like a donkey.

Unfortunately, it looks like this painting is coming down for good. The Architect of the Capitol has determined that the artwork is breaking House rules. Whatever. It’s art censorship.

Censoring art is one of the worst things you can do. If you support art censorship, you might as well put on a dirty robe, grow a beard, and go live in a cave in Afghanistan.

The self-appointed art censors have struck again

Lionhead Studios, the studio responsible for the popular Fable game series, came under fire for an image they posted to Twitter. It’s art taken from the Fable video game franchise and shows an ample-breasted woman holding a tray of what looks to be mugs of oatmeal. The words “The Foaming Jugs” appear at the top of the artwork. Evidently this is a tavern in the game.

The image was posted in honor of #NationalCleavageDay, which according to Wikipedia, is a real thing.

This is what they posted to Twitter:


They later removed it from Twitter and then issued a Twitter apology.

The obnoxious, self-appointed art censors from their ivory towers on Twitter and Tumblr, have struck again. They’ve once again successfully gotten a piece of art removed because they did not like it.

They were successful in getting a variant cover for an upcoming issue of Batgirl canceled because they didn’t like it and didn’t want anyone to be able to buy it, and now they’ve got a company to remove art and apologize for that art simply because they did not like it.

When I come across art I don’t like, which coincidentally enough, very much includes the above image, it doesn’t even occur to me to try to get it removed. Mostly because I’m not rude or obnoxious and I very much realize not everything is created for me or my specific artistic tastes.

People should be free to create and share art they enjoy without censorship from the self-appointed art police.