The issues that people seem to get offended over astound me. Recently Adam Jay, a photographer for the UK-based outfit Superhero Photography posted this photo on Facebook:
It’s the Venom symbiote from Spider-Man bonding with a girl and covering her body in the trademark black costume. This kind of event befalls people all the time in Spider-Man comics. Literally all the time. According to Mr. Jay himself, the image received over 15,000 likes and was shared over 5,000 times in twenty-four hours. Pretty impressive.
So, what am I pissed about? Facebook deleted the image. No reason has been given, but the current thought is that the photo was deemed “offensive.”
I hope that’s not the case, but if it is, I gotta ask…
Seriously? This photo is offensive?
The woman in this photo is quite modestly covered, especially in comparison to the images you can find on the cover of magazines in any grocery store. She’s even got a bath towel! There is far more suggestive and sexually-charged cosplay to be found all over the internet, including Facebook.
The worst you’re getting here is half a boob. I mean damn, you can’t turn on TV without running into at least half a boob. Nobody complains then!
This picture is a piece of art intended to replicate something seen in a successful comic book that’s been around for years. In my opinion, the woman in the photo is not being exploited in any way, and there’s nothing shameful about the picture.
Facebook shouldn’t have deleted this photo. The cosplay trend is already massive and growing, and this was a great example of how something attractive could still be done tastefully.
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