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03 July 2015 @ 12:10 pm
"Artist receives death threats for recreating iconic photo:"

I've seen the image numerous times. And the article goes into it...

A US artist has revealed he’s been receiving death threats since one of his pieces of work began re-circulating in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling which legalised same-sex marriage across the country.

Ed Freeman originally recreated the World War II ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’ photo over a decade ago for a US gay magazine cover, but after the artwork was shared widely on social media to mark the historic judgement, he’s received hundreds of abusive messages and death threats for the “insulting” image.

The original photo by Joe Rosenthal, which depicts five United States Marines and a United States Navy corpsman raising a US flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 during World War II, is considered a defining image of US military power and patriotism, and was later turned into a monument in Washington DC.

The photo has been recreated and parodied hundreds of times in the past, including six times by The Simpsons alone.

Freeman says he’s received at least 200 “nasty, really vicious emails” and even more on Facebook, where he shared the image on his own page. People have told him the picture is an “insult to the sacrifices of the Marines and sailors on that island,” and that “you should go to hell for taking this picture.”

He told the New York Daily News that he’d received death threats from homophobes angry at his attempt to conflate gay rights with American heroism.

“It was a flat out death threat that he would kill me,” Freeman said “When 200 people tell you, excuse my language, tell you that you’re a disgusting f—-t and you should die slowly, painfully, it doesn’t make you feel good.”

“The picture has been around for 15 years, but I’ve never had a single complaint about it until now,” he added. ...

And to the tweet itself, there was this comment...

"For trivializing the act of some very brave men. Death seems a bit harsh, but an ass-kicking would certainly be appropriate."

Ooookay. The way I see it, we could make golden calves of every heroic image in our entire history and make them completely untouchable... or, we could acknowledge that maybe the photographer was paying homage to this time and place in history, embracing its significance and symbolism, and with it, showing the monumental strides which have been covered in gay history in America.

But all you others, keep calling for people's death because since you don't like them, God must not like them either. Death threats are a super way to get more people on your side and usher in your brand of utopia.
29 June 2015 @ 03:19 am
I wrote a bit over in my journal I thought you all might enjoy reading:

Also, I'm so very happy about both of the Supreme Court rulings!

Current Mood: happyhappy
26 June 2015 @ 11:25 am
37 just became 50.

The next chapter was written today.
23 June 2015 @ 11:27 am
Furries appear at 17:53

Hundreds came out of the closet during Lisbon Pride Parade!

Video here:

Love is too beautiful to be inside the closet
05 June 2015 @ 09:52 pm
For the first time in our history, we have a testimony from an Arker not from our LiveJournal, but who is one of our FurAffinity family.

His name is Dracakitty.

This is basically a testimony of an ally and of the hurt and homophobia he and his friends endured in a couple of different ministries he was involved in as a youth. It was tough for a time, but as you can see, he has found balance for his life and he hopes it's a blessing to others who are still in the midst of suffering, to let them know that it gets better.

A couple of his art pieces are also featured on our Home Page.
26 May 2015 @ 10:50 am
"It's all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit."

~ Eartha Kitt Home

I've been working on it for several weeks, and I was doing some fine-tweaking on it as late as this morning.

For the first time, our home page features furry art by various members of our FurAffinity family.

This will be a long-term home page, not just for a season or two like in the last several. As always, this is our home base for wherever individuals are coming from, whether it be from the lj, FA, Twitter, FB, the Forums, doing a Google search, or for ones who simply want to login to their MRA email.

I hope you enjoy the design and the details. :)

EDIT :: This place is pretty echoey! Anybody here?