Facebook Deletes Artist’s Account For Reimagining MAGA Hats As KKK-Friendly
By Mikelle Leow, 28 May 2019
Image via J. Bicking / Shutterstock.com
Yet another artwork has suffered the wrath of Facebook’s censors, this time even having its creator’s account taken down.
According to Fox’s San Francisco network KTVU, Baltimore-based artist Kate Kretz had her anti-MAGA series banned from the social network.
Kretz’s The MAGA Hat Collection imagines US president Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hats as attire for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
The artist admits that the apparels—part of her larger ‘#bullyculture’ collection—were recreated and not purchased from Trump’s store, as she didn’t want to put “money in [the president’s] pockets.” Similar to the originals, her pieces come in red with the slogan spelled out in white lettering. An armband also features the tagline splayed within the swastika.
Unfortunately, Facebook took down the series’ pictures months back for “violating community standards.” The images were later restored as Kretz justified they were not promoting hate speech; rather, they were created to spark discussions about hate. This win was short-lived, however, as the platform subsequently removed her account.
Kretz divulges that without her Facebook account, her career as an artist is being threatened. She has since appealed the ban on multiple occasions, but has not been able to get in touch with a human moderator.
BREAKING NEWS: Artist claims she was banned from Facebook for selling MAGA hats that she turned into Nazi armbands and KKK hoods. Kate Kretz from Maryland says she is only 'addressing hate speech'. As part of her work, she resews MAGA hats and sells them online. pic.twitter.com/Cyu0kjzYB4— Dave Vescio (@DaveVescio) May 26, 2019
[via Inquisitr, images via various sources]
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