National 30.7.2016 10:37 pm

Facebook doesn’t think ‘Mmusi slave painting’ is porn

Picture: Facebook (note it has been blurred to remove offensive depiction of genitalia)

Picture: Facebook (note it has been blurred to remove offensive depiction of genitalia)

A user, who ‘laughed and laughed’ when he saw it, reported the painting of three DA members in their birthday suits – just to see what Facebook might say about it.

A Facebook user, more as a joke and an experiment than actually being serious, reported Kenny Kunene’s picture of himself with the satire painting of nude DA members to Facebook.

He wanted to know if it violated the general standards of acceptable graphic nudity, ie, was it pornography?

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Picture: Facebook

The uncensored picture has been circulated widely on all forms of social media since it was published, most notably on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

One of its unexpected subjects, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, was unfazed by her portrayal, telling people on Twitter who asked her about it: “Who cares?”

Kunene says he intends to hang the painting in his house. He even called his kids upstairs to take a good look at it.

Kunene on Thursday posted a photo of himself behind the image saying: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art…Thanks to the fearless Artist…”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who is portrayed as a slave pulling his white masters, was also not bothered by the idea of the painting hanging on Kunene’s bedroom wall. Oddly enough, years ago Kunene got into a nasty Twitter spat with Maimane, telling him that if he couldn’t satisfy his wife, then he, Kunene, and his friends would do it.

Maimane’s spokesperson said the painting belonged in a dustbin, but the next day the DA made it clear the party supported freedom of expression and would not be taking any legal action against Kunene or his painting, which he bought from 38-year-old Malawian artist Iven Amali.

The DA dismissed it all as another Kunene publicity stunt.

As for Facebook, it thinks the painting is just fine. Despite the fact that some people complained it had really hurt their eyes and they could never unsee it, though they really wanted to (a Citizen staffer actually had to go out for a smoke and some quiet time after the shock … he said that he was still in recovery from the last bunch of paintings by Ayanda Mabulu), Facebook wrote back to the user with a standard message that says:

“Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports such as yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We’ve reviewed the photo you reported for displaying nudity and found that it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.

“Please let us know if you see anything else that concerns you. We want to keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone.”

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Picture: Facebook

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