Facebook Bans Artist Responsible For Viral Donald Trump Nude
Mar. 25, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Illma Gore, the artist behind the “Donald Trump Baby Dick” painting, has faced an uphill battle with Facebook to reactivate her account after persistently posting the aforementioned piece of art on her Facebook page.
Like many on the anti-Trump bandwagon, Gore resorted to a combination of humor and art in order to convey her opinion on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Following John Oliver’s rant on Donald Trump some weeks back where it came to light that Trump has a complex about his “tiny hands,” it was only a matter of time before the size of other parts of his body were questioned and mocked.
Let it sink in for a moment how ridiculous the tiny hands complex is. It was most recently portrayed by Uncle Jack Kelly in It’s Always Sunny Philadelphia, and fortunately some absolute hero has made a mash-up of clips of Uncle Jack and Donald Trump talking about the size of their hands. Click on the video above. It’s great.
Ok, let’s bring it back to the story at hand (get it?). Gore took it upon herself to create a piece of art to evoke the sentiment that “you can be a massive prick, despite what is in your pants.” The piece displays a naked Trump with what can only be described as a micro penis. Facebook, which has a strict nudity policy for posts, quickly removed the picture and disabled Gore’s account on February 10. Ironically, however, it was not removed from Facebook-owned Instagram.
Since then, the account has been reactivated and deactivated numerous times, and Gore has persistently re-posted the picture to her Facebook page. Most recently, she uploaded a version of it with a black tab covering Trump’s intimates in order to comply with the strict guidelines.
Now, this is where it gets interesting. On March 11, Gore was notified by Facebook that they received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown request from a third party alleging copyright infringement. The way a takedown request works is if a piece of copyrighted work is being displayed illegally on the internet, the copyright-holder can notify the service provider by issuing a takedown request to remove those materials which appear to infringe on their copyright.
In this case, the identity of the third party was not disclosed, however, Gore claims she received a phone call from a member of Trump’s team threatening legal action if she did not put a stop to her actions. Obviously, Trump does not have any rights to the image and it is unclear why Facebook would comply with such a request when the requestor has not identified the specific infringing images to which his takedown request pertains. After being contacted by Vice, Facebook claimed that the whole interaction was a mix up and reinstated Gore’s account with limited functionality – i.e. she’s still unable to upload pictures.
Whether Facebook was just covering their tracks or not, we’ll never know. However, what we do know is that they should not be so willing to grant DMCA takedown requests without performing minimal due diligence; even if they are threatened with legal action from Donald Trump.
For the NSFW picture, click here.
Main image via Illma Gore