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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Facebook Blocks Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Photos

This slideshow is my appeal to Facebook to reconsider their action against this worthy project. Please watch it, then read about it below.

Last summer I volunteered to model for Michael D. Colanero's amazing Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project. Since then I have watched with eager anticipation as Michael released each piece to the public, hoping mine would be next. I marveled with countless others at the beauty and power each one evoked. All of us summoned courage to expose our bodies in this manner, but we gained so much in return. After months of watching our bodies be smashed, cut, poked, measured, burned, and re-examined, to trust our bodies to the compassionate artistry of Michael and his team felt powerful and lovely. Hours of painting, talking, posing, sharing, weeping, and laughing out loud, put us in charge of using our bodies for something great, for other survivors, for the world, for ourselves.

Imagine our dismay when, without warning, Facebook deleted all of the photos, including all of the text and comments.

If you agree with us and wish to help, please share this far and wide. 

Join our Facebook group: http://on.fb.me/hMC5y3

You can contact Michael at BCABPP@uncommonstock.net

Click link to watch YouTube Video on Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting

I do not claim any rights to this music on this video. Music by Christina Aguilera performing "Beautiful" (C) 2004 BMG.


  1. The photos are beautiful, not at all offensive. I salute your courage!!

  2. I agree with you wholeheartedly, Jamie. We do not live in a one-size-fits-all world, and for Facebook to be the megapower in the future that is predicted, it will need to evolve its policies to face that reality. Touché for you. Shame on Facebook.

  3. It's hard to believe they did that. These are very mild shots and so beautiful. My sister is in recovery and she'd be so thankful to look that beautiful again!!!!! I will tweet!


  4. Jamie, thank you for both participating and for your support of this awesome project for fundraising, awareness and healing. I was so shocked and saddened that facebook took such an action especially since we clearly DO NOT violate their terms of service.

    As you know we now have a group page on facebook and I hope everyone will come join, like and share that page. The bigger we are the less likely facebook will censor us again - but until then we are still at risk :-(



  5. Couldn't agree with you more, such positive messages using artistry should not be suppressed. Have you thought of contacting Gok to see if he might help to put some weight behind your campaign?

  6. This makes me sad. Beautiful art celebrating courageous women. Shame on Facebook. I'm happy you shared here.

    PS: Like Tracy's (points up) idea about contacting Gok to put some weight behind the campaign. This is too important a message to censor.

  7. This is unbelievable. Did Facebook tell you why they removed? If it didn't violate terms of service I would like to know their rationale. Very sad. It's beautiful art. I will do all I can to spread the word. Jen

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  9. Thanks for posting and using your voice here in your own sacred space as well. Facebook is NOT going to tell us anything (IMHO) because they don't have to. They have us (and everyone who uses them) right where they want us.

    I think the bigger question is why do they allow pornography and dehumanizing of women and little girls on the site and remove images from this project, universities, art galleries - the list goes on. I have my own opinions - which I will not bore you / your readers with. But I do encourage each and every one of us to question these occurrences and to see if there is a "bigger" picture and we are but one piece of the puzzle. I love this project, respect the women, amazed with the art ... and I am so excited to participate in it. Love & Endless Light, dZ

  10. The video is awesome. I cried .. again! Doggone it! Was not prepared for this one. Seriously, that is a great video. Is it posted no ytube? So we can pass it forward? Thank you so much for taking your time to do that!

  11. This Body paintings are superb. This type of Activities will make awareness to peoples

  12. This post is posted for very good reason it makes breast cancer awareness and Body paintings are nice to see...