Less than 24 hours after premiering a new set of posters made exclusively for the history making Million Women’s March in Washington D.C. and New York, images of the works were banned from social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.
The works, collectively entitled New Proverbs is in part inspired by the protest posters of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, arguably one of the pioneering Christian hate speech groups in America. The New Proverbs takes visual cues from the color combinations and typographic treatments of the original church signs. But the messages do not disparage the LGBTQ community, Catholics and other Christians, Muslims, Jews, American soldiers and politicians—like the Westboro signs. Instead, the New Proverbs are directed at President Trump, who also happens to demonize the LGBTQ community, Catholics and other Christians, Muslims, Jews, American soldiers and politicians.
Images of New Proverbs premiered on social media platforms the evening of January 19th before the posters were delivered to protesters for the marches in Washington D.C. and New York on Saturday the 21st. The images gained traction online quickly and were reposted on Instagram and Facebook. But on Friday, Facebook sent a notice to Badlands stating the images did not meet “community standards” and were being removed. On Saturday afternoon, Instagram sent a notice stating a similar offense: the images do not “follow community guidelines”. Badlands is appealing to both social platforms to reinstate the original posts. The images still appear on the Badlands twitter page. It is Badlands’s position that the legal threshold for what constitutes “community standards” are too low and vague, and intentionally so. The pretense of protecting a community is what typically justifies the stifling of dissent and other forms of “other-mindedness” in images and texts. It is Badlands’s opinion that the Trump administration represents a clear and present danger to Christian, Jewish, Muslim, secular, straight, LGBTQ, and other community standards everywhere in the US. New Proverbs is a parody of a notorious form of hate speech that also serves to denunciate the hateful nature of the new administration.
Badlands is publishing the offending images below free of restrictions. All are welcome to download, screenshot, and repost as they see fit on whatever social media platform they wish. For higher resolution images for print publications, please email email@example.com.
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Update, 1/26, 4:11 pm: Facebook and Instagram told Hyperallergic the signs do not violate their community standards and have restored the posts. A spokesperson representing both companies sent the following statement:
We’re very sorry about this mistake. The post was removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate. Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong.