End Censorship On DeviantART sign now

This petition is to end censorship on DeviantART.com
Deviant art claims to be an art community.
It claims to support art.
Yet, if anyone finds the art in question to be offensive; all it takes is a quick complaint to DeviantART staff and the picture is removed, or the artist is banned. It is time to speak up against censorship and help art STAY art. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT IS AND ISNT ART. THE ART POLICE MUST BE STOPPED!

Case example one:
On DeviantART there is a "fetish" category. Any item in this category is automatically put under mature content. This category is filled with images of genitalia, and mock sexual contact. However, when a transgendered individual used photo manipulation to create a series of pictures where the male aspect of him, and the female aspect of him were posed as lovers, he was immediately banned. No warning. There was no vulgarities, nor genitalia shown. This was pure discrimination. Had he not been transgendered, this would not have occurred. He attempted writing staff about why he banned and received no response. After a period of time he created a new page on DeviantART, without any offensive material. However, he was banned once more, simply because one of his pictures showed him in women's clothing.

Case example 2:
On DeviantART there is a horror and macabre category. This is where artists by use of special fx makeup and photo manipulation create art that is well... horror and macabre. However, victim #2 had several of her art removed because it "looked too real". The victim wrote to DeviantART and pointed out that it was special fx makeup, that she had even made a film on YouTube showing her process of special fx. She added how the pics removed were part of a series, and if it were real blood and not makeup, why is it the blood doesn't move? After several emails, to many DeviantART staff she was told that her art would not be allowed back because her description of the art pic did not have a disclaimer stating it was not real wounds. And also, her film quality wasn't good enough to show that it wasn't real. So basically, if you do special effects makeup it cannot be made to look real. And if it even slightly resembles real you must point out that it isn't real.

DeviantART has a double standard.
Members who are free, such as case #1 are banned without warning.
Members who are transgendered such as case #1 are banned when making art identical, if not more subdued than heterosexual art.

Members who pay, but are not famous such as suzi9mm, or staff like chix0r,
cannot have horror or macabre work that is realistic without adding a disclaimer describing their process, using high quality film (which not everyone can afford), and being in fear of having their accounts banned and pictures lost.

DeviantART needs to change it's ways, or change it's name. There is nothing DEVIANT about DeviantART except the way it treats it's artists. If you believe that censorship on DeviantART needs to stop, then please sign this petition. Thank you.

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    fight for what is right
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    An individual has the right to control only their own experences. No one should be denied access to knowledge and ideas because someone else disagrees with it.
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  • 26 December 201237. Jamie Rasmussen
    All art is beautiful, if not to one person it will be to another.
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  • 20 September 201134. Allison F
    i saw this on YouTube. The fact they tried to ban your art is rediculous. forget that crap. CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE IN ART!
  • 10 September 201133. Brennan Fisher
    I am never going to subscribe to DeviantART.
  • 29 July 201132. Johnna R
    Art has no limits. If people find something offensive, they shouldn't look at the site or avoid the art they find offensive.
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    I thought deviantart.com was for "Artist".
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    NOT good to discriminate against anyone... straight, gay, TV, TG, or otherwise.
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