Google Play Books Tries To Act Like a Champion of Banned Books, Then Bans Books (Updated) My colleague Salgood Sam pointed out an interesting wrinkle to my banning by Google Play Books. They pretend they are champions of banned books. Click this to see. I want to show you all something. This is the message I got about the first banning, of STORY OF OH! (there were no messages on any of the other bannings, certainly not LULU):
Notice of Book Removal from Google Play [1-8003000008684] Hello,
We have discovered that one or more books in your Google Play catalog
do not comply with our content policies. The following books will no
longer be available to users on Google Books or Google Play: The Story of OH!
Reason for removal: We do not allow images of nudity with no
educational or artistic value, pornographic text or depictions of
extreme sexual acts, including rape, incest, and bestiality, nor do we
permit pseudo depictions of these acts. Please review your book
catalog and remove any other books that do not comply with our content
policies. Failure to comply with these policies may result in suspension
or removal from the program. We appreciate your understanding. Sincerely, The Google Play Books Policy Enforcement Team
Oh, I am NOT being understanding.
And I didn't notice before it mentions "pornographic text." Ah. So all those prose smut books are supposed to be banned too, BUT THEY'RE NOT
because those make a lot of money for ebook merchants.
my overtly "adult" stuff has no "extreme sexual acts, including rape,
incest, and bestiality," Certainly not LULU Book 1. There is not especially graphic nudity, and on a couple of pages(or rather, a little less), a consensual, fairly tame sex scene that might be an R if it were a film. And that's the most graphic the book will ever get. After Act 1 of Erdgeist(which Book 1 covers), there's not much of that kind of thing.
Unless all even somewhat graphically depicted sex acts are
"extreme." One of them--STORY OF OH!--is written by Terry Gilliam
collaborator Charles Alverson. And LULU is from the work of Frank Wedekind. These have no artistic value?My drawing has no artistic value?
The second round, when
they banned LULU Book 1, which has NONE OF THESE THINGS, and MARTHA, which is
autobio and basically a romance story with sex in it that's simply not presented coyly, I received no message at all. I found out when I went to my
account and they were gone.
They treat anyone who's not a big name with no respect at all.
And "bestiality"--THEN WHY DO THEY CARRY, IN PROSE, WEREWOLF PORN?
Obviously there is no appeals process. They can arbitrarily ban anything they like. Or keep it up if it's a big company and makes shitloads of money. Like all the CROSSED volumes from Avatar they carry. CROSSED is famous for being a foul, ugly series featuring graphic violence & rape every page, but they ban ME?
1 for instance, just to name two things, features two members of a
family being gang-raped by zombies as their child is graphically torn apart.
Also a woman being ground under a truck wheel as she screams "I'M
COMIN'! OH GOD." She doesn't mean she's traveling to God.
If they ban
me, certainly they would ban something as extreme as this? (I'm not. I
have no violence or rape in my work)
Oh RIGHT it's Avatar. Obviously that makes the content acceptable to
their policies. That, and it makes money hand over fisting. This
is only one of a number of comics more explicit than mine that Google Play carries. Here's another: They carry Joe Casey's SEX. Which is definitely more explicit. I
seem to recall a scene with an old man doing a hooker from behind and
then shooting her in the back of his head when he comes. Lovely stuff.
They happily carry bdsm works like FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. I bought my ebook of the real STORY OF O from them. Those aren't "pornographic text?" Those don't depict "extreme sex acts?" Or "bestiality"? At one point in the real O, a woman is raped by a dog. REALLY NOW. Alverson's and my parody of O doesn't even go that far.
HOW EXACTLY DOES THAT STUFF STAY UP AND I'M SOMEHOW UNACCEPTABLE?
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson