Well, I'll be damned
Staff reply here: comments.deviantart.com/1/7310…
And we WON! We did it!
and my comment here: comments.deviantart.com/1/7310… stating why this is still up
Edit #4: Iran is geobanned too see here Imagine!
Bravo deviantart, bravo, I applaud you
Please share this, every bit of support counts. I am probably getting my account perma banned after this journal, but I am voicing this discrimination and I want as many people to see it as possible. I know people will have various opinions about this. Voice them as you please, but politics shouldn't meddle with art. This isn't fair. This isn't right. You can't deny me service because some politician says so.
Edit: feb 17th: There's a change.org petition now too! Please help us sign it. We made a difference, we made dA staff respond, let's take it one step more please! We can make a difference!
ANYWAY, the story:
So, deviantART greets you with its regular:
The World's Largest Art Gallery In Your Hand. DeviantArt is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. We entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.
Except nope, you only empower a selected few, but ban others under the claim of 'obeying laws' all of a sudden.
So, whenever I try login to deviantArt, this is what i see:
all good so far, yeah?
Nope bitch, I am forbidden from accessing the site.
Why, you might ask? Why would someone who has a reputation of being helpful and kind to people, someone who hosted projects and helped around be banned from site? What on earth did you do Julian?
Simply, I live in a country that isn't approved by America.
I live in Syria, yeah, that shithole where civil war and ISIS are happening.
Proof I'm geobanned?
^ notice the date? march 2017 -solidmars- is my old username here if you're unfamiliar with it -also my phone/laptop were already logged in so i didn't notice the issue , but i noticed on my pc cuz i bought a new machine at that time
and this is the reply:
Glorious, isn't it?
"We have to comply with regulations"
Oh yeah? after 8 years of having sanctions imposed on us? Now you want to comply?
Bigger sites, such as Patreon, Artstation, tumblr, facebook, youtube, google, instagram, etc etc has no issues what so ever.
Even fucking patreon is fine!
The hypocrisy knows no limit here, it seems.
Nine years of war couldn’t break us. We still live, breathe and survive day by day. I’m not a soldier, mind you, nor a hero. I didn’t fight in battles, I didn’t lose like others have lost. I’m a normal individual who’s unfortunate enough to be living under war, but also lucky enough not to be driven out of home nor get killed by a stray bullet.
I know lots of you think of war as game, or a battlefield for glory. It’s not.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re only worth a bullet.
My name is Julian, I’m a Syrian artist. The war in Syria started when I was 17 years old and it’s been ongoing since with no end in sight. Life is rough, we struggle to meet ends meet these days. A lot of things changed, infrastructure is half gone, basic everyday needs like electricity is near gone as well, but we’re alive ya know?
Everyone keeps telling me I should be living the best years of my life right now, except, I fail to see that. War has robbed me from what was supposed to be the years where I mature and grow in peace, gain the experience that comes with going to university and meeting people from all over the country, but I feel robbed of that too.
I did grow up, different. I matured forcefully while balancing a thin line between life and death, fear, and the collapse of what I once called normal life. I’ve seen people die, I lost friends, family, I went days waking up in bunkers and dreading the thought of going outside, more days went without electricity nor water because the infrastructure was blown to bit, and some other days only a few meters separated me from death.
But here I am, a university graduate, proud of the bachelor degree I hold. I made it despite all the odds and danger, I survived. But war eventually took a toll. There’s only so much a person can take before the world comes crashing down, and then there was despair. I didn’t know how to handle it, everyone was in the same hell as me, but then I picked up my pen.
I coped through art. For years, it has been my everything. I grew up as an artist too when I joined the DeviantArt community. I met artists from all over the world and shared their experience and called the site my home. Yes, you know DeviantArt? That big international platform for everyone from all over the world?
For 8 years, I posted my work on deviantart, before the war was even a thing, shared the good and the bad, received support, encouragement, love, met some of my best friends there. A lot of people had so much impact on my life and helped me survive.
That is gone now too.
As of march 1st, 2017, DeviantArt banned Syria from accessing its services entirely. All geoIPs in the country have been blocked from entering the site, under the justification of USA sanctions over Syria.But that was an easy thing to pass around, just needed a VPN to pass the login authentication and you're good and it was alright, I continued to function on site normally. But as of February 12th 2018, dA has changed the authentication and now unless I am tunneling through a VPN the entire time, I am geobanned from site for good because I live in a warzone.
Not so international anymore ha?Yes, I can go somewhere else, but this isn't right!
I am not the only one affected, there are others. I am speaking out. I refuse to be the scapegoat of this mad politics and mad war.
Fuck you big time DeviantArt.
Fuck your discrimination
This is ART damn you, not some politics playground