Facebook Picks Wrong Battle, Tries To Remove Photo Of Breast Cancer Survivor’s Chest Tattoo (NSFW?)


A photo of an amazing chest tattoo has gone somewhat viral after Facebook decided it violated their highly subjective terms of service and removed it from the page of Custom Tattoo Design.

As it turns out, Facebook may have chosen a losing PR battle in this case, as the elaborate and lovely tattoo was done on the chest of a woman who got a double mastectomy as part of her battle with breast cancer. Writes the shop:

Hello Everyone, This Tattoo was done for a woman who had breast cancer ! Facebook keeps removing the post in 24hour as an offensive photo do to nudity. However we feel this woman is both brave and strong so were going to post it anyways and ask for your awareness and support ; Please like and share this photo quickly to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much. ( Kind Comments are welcome ) thanks !

This is stupid on a variety of levels. First and most obviously, the woman in question no longer has breasts or nipples, but a tattoo where they used to be, so there are no naked breasts to offend anyone. More importantly, though, there are some competing values here. Is a woman’s bravery, first in the face of cancer, and later in the face of a many-hours-long tattoo on a tender part of her body, really less important than some arbitrary standard of modesty?

The shop doesn’t think so, so they’ve boldly re-posted the photo to their wall. As of now, it has nearly 150,000 likes and 120,000 shares, and hasn’t been removed in a while. Victory!

Like New Yorker nipplegate, this just serves to highlight the stupidity of trying to prevent a site’s dillions of users from posting anything resembling ladybreasts…or to try to censor their pages in general. I, for one, cannot wait until Justin Timberlake leads everyone back to The New Myspace like some sort of well-dressed, classically good looking pied piper.

(Via Gawker)

Photo: Custom Tattoo Design

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    • Lori Nicole Peck

      That is a gorgeous piece of artwork and not even remotely offensive. I hope it stays up!

    • Fabel

      This pisses me off, because Facebook clearly has a double-standard. Do you know how often I’ll see straight-up naked tits (nipples & all) on my news feed because somebody decided to ‘like’ some fan page called, I don’t know, “Bad Booty Bitches”? And then they censor things like this?

      I’m the least likely person to be offended by nudity, but it’s crazy how obviously inconsistent FB is with this.

      • Maggie

        Not to mention they knowingly allow hate groups dedicated to the degradation of women, bullying, homophobia, etc. as those don’t “violate their terms of use.” So apparently on Facebook you can be a sexist, bullying racist, and post and “like” naked pics of other women, but if you’re a cancer survivor showing your scars that’s way over the line. Fuck Facebook.

    • RM

      Does FB allow pics of moobs? Because this is not offensive at all, and yet some moob shots can scar one’s eyeballs for life.

    • http://twitter.com/pickmeuproadie Brad Rissmiller

      Not to be the douche here, but is there any evidence that this is in fact the case? Has anyone seen the FB take-down notice? There are a lot of folks out there that would add the text associated with this picture just so it becomes viral, without evidence that the text is true.

      IT is a beautiful piece of work and it is awesome. I just worry that the story behind Facebook removing it is false.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lynnkim.bostwick Lyn N Kim Bostwick

      I think it’s awesome, I also had a bilateral mastectomy and wish I would have thought about this instead of reconstructive surgery! I’m so proud of her and such a wonderful idea! I love the tattoo it is so beautiful! Apparently Facebook has no clue how breast cancer can affect a woman’s self esteem besides all the worry and stress that breast cancer causes. They have no clue! I thank you for being so positive and BRAVE! Good luck and God bless you!

    • MaximumOvertroll

      i don’t have breasts but i do have nipples, will facebook censor my man chest?