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  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 3 years ago

    Wow, now that is one very interesting read!! Thank you! I have a new level of respect for the CEO of Deviant Art!! Very well indeed.

  • I have to say I have an enormous amount of respect for anyone that can hold themselves accountable like he did Kimba.

    I’d love to see some stats on the membership count after that statement by him was made public on the site.

    – Marion Cullen

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 3 years ago

    Especially since he posted all the comics and didn’t remove them. ………

  • Seems to be a smart move in this case, shows respect for his members, his site and also makes good business sense. Win/Win

    – Marion Cullen

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffover 3 years ago

    Wow, that’s certainly refreshing!!!! Sounds like the song… r e s p e c t !!! : )

    (love your tags as well Marion haha)

  • :)
    I agree Tatum, it’s not a common thing to see. I’d dare say some would view it as losing face or backing down, but in fact it most often garners much respect.

    – Marion Cullen

  • flame7
    flame7over 3 years ago

    Sounds like a decent human being for sure! I’m not a member there yet :)

  • Decent and very clever/savy Kelly. He created a win/win situation by being transperant and taking a risk. That takes guts.

    – Marion Cullen

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    wow Marion,
    they have alot of HH stuff floating around there see here
    just some fyi

  • Yes they do Lina, The difference is, that material is in full context there not just presented as soundbites on T shirts. The other difference is that they allow their membership to stand up and make a public complaints about content without trying to silence dissent, they don’t ban people or remove their protests either. Free speech, as it naturally should, goes both ways there.

    – Marion Cullen

  • BTW, I dont have my art on DA either but that doesn’t mean I can’t still admire the stance of their CEO.

    – Marion Cullen

  • John Robb
    John Robbover 3 years ago

    LOL love it linaji.

  • RJ, of course you do :) But once again you completely miss the point.

    – Marion Cullen

  • geoffmerritt
    geoffmerrittover 3 years ago

    LOL love it Marion

  • What’s not to love about integrity and backbone ;)

    – Marion Cullen

  • John Robb
    John Robbover 3 years ago

    Marion, in Australia we do have laws that do restrict what we can say….

    “Defamation is the publication of words or images to a person that damages the reputation of another [‘slander’ if spoken words, ‘libel’ if written words or images]. A defamatory statement is one that is likely to cause ordinary, reasonable people to think less of the person about whom the words or images are published. An inference that casts a defamatory imputation is enough to bring an action.
    Source

    RB only acts when people breach the guidelines – stay within them and we are all happy campers :-)

  • Are you in the right journal John? I see no slander or libel here, it is a journal pointing out the positive actions of someone who’s stance, in this instance, I admire.

    – Marion Cullen

  • John Robb
    John Robbover 3 years ago

    Indeed Marion – lets agree to no libel and that’s a good thing….. but we can agree that libel restricts what people can say about others. It doesn’t allow unfettered freedom of speech in attacking others. Protecting websites is not a matter of stifling dissent but protecting all participants.

  • Okay John, but let me point out too that every country, not just Australia, has limitations on free speech, and it seems to be in great working order in other areas on the net, as the above link highlights.

    – Marion Cullen

  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdover 3 years ago

    Thank you Marion for sharing this, again proving why I love you so much. Cool people rock!!! I find this RB site to be so hypocritical, they defend people who promote or glorify hate and claim that art is protected by free speech. Yet to so many in this world that hate and attention to hate really hurts. I don’t really get. But if you speak out or exercise your right to speak against it which I consider to be free speech also you risk being banned. I just don’t know about RB anymore, it’s so like high school. If you’re not in the in crowd you go unnoticed.

    I’ve seen people post work that is so close to mine, without the sharpness and clarity and they get featured. They even post pictures of their shoes or cat and get features, so many on RB have so much to offer yet go unnoticed. When I joined RB this was my passion and learned so much and I feel I improved tenfold. But just like high school I have gone unnoticed so long I have lost interest. I have only sold four things in my RB history of which tree of them were cards. I had big dreams when I joined, but just like high school I tend to only show up when it counts.

    Much love to you Marion and thank you again for sharing this. I’ve never been a huge DA fan but its funny how one story or action can change perception. Maybe the powers that be will take notice.

    Troy
    XXXXX

  • The climate has definitely changed here for many of us Troy, for various and sometimes multiple reasons, I feel it is no longer the place with the same ideals many of us signed up for…I think I can fairly say many that have already left or are still hanging in here had a similar dream to the one you did.
    Change is inevitable, but what I’ve been witnessing here lately can hardly be described as positive, and your analogy to highschool certainly rings true in a lot of respects. But you know Troy, despite it all I’ll be damned if I’ll be told to stay quiet about issues that are pertinent to me, nor will I let anyone run me off this site before I’m ready.
    I’m really glad you found this link useful and share your hope :)

    – Marion Cullen