Yes, the above image is censored because a lot of our users surf from work, and unfortunately, bosses aren’t the biggest fans of boobs on employee machines. It’s the way of the world, but if you scroll down far enough, you’ll see the uncensored images. Let that also serve as your official NSFW warning.
Anyway, allow me to introduce you to Allen Henson, a veteran-turned-photographer who in 2014 was sued by the Empire State Building for snapping a nude photo of his girlfriend on the observation deck of the famous landmark.
The reason for the lawsuit? ESB officials decided that he was using their premises for commercial purposes, even though Henson insists the photo was only for personal use. Officials also stated that he had ‘ruined the building’s reputation as a safe and secure family-friendly tourist attraction’.
So I'm being sued for a million dollars in the NY Supreme court by the empire state building. This should be interesting… stay tuned.
— Allen Henson (@AllenHenson) January 13, 2014
However, Henson is currently counter-suing for $5 million and has decided to test the boundaries of censorship even further, with his latest stunt involving another pretty famous NYC landmark – the New York Supreme Court.
The 30-year-old organised a topless photoshoot located right on the front steps of the iconic building, and used five stunning models who had no trouble creating an audience.
Speaking to Mic, Henson said:
There are a lot of serious issues, and I don’t know if this is one of them. But as an artist, I find it threatening to have this kind of censorship. To have a private entity come after me for expressing myself freely is deeply troubling.
Social media is supposed to parallel dialogue in real life, but I’ve had my accounts deleted at least five times. If we can’t censor conversations and exchanges of ideas in reality, why can we here on social media?
Look how big sites like Instagram and Facebook are affecting how we think and what’s taboo. Performance art in the ’70s involved literally reading ticker tape poetry unraveled from a vagina. Feminism was alive and well then, but now women’s bodies are so heavily censored.
Henson says his photoshoots mirror the intentions of the people behind #FreeTheNipple, which is a campaign aimed at de-sexualizing the female body in an effort to promote gender equality while simultaneously trying to pull down the restrictions that websites such as Instagram and Facebook have in place.
And together, they’re both doing a pretty good job of getting the word out there…