I don't want to repeat myself on this topic, I talked about it a LOT on my Tumblr account and you can read the situation here if you like it:LinkLinkLink
Long story short, on September 13th I was suspended by Deviantart staff due to reports of me drawing content of "Underage sexualized characters".
Before you flip, don't take that allegation so seriously because this is due a person or group of people using this technicism to report and remove a lot of Shantae artworks from several artist around the site. Apparently because they're are upset about people wanting her to be featured in Smash or something, I don't know, I can't confirm or deny this allegations, but it is what I've been hearing on twitter.
I'll be honest the least character I expected getting banned for "underage content" was Shantae, after all I always drew as a chibi or as a fully grown woman when the idea it was a little suggestive, so I never thought that would be an issue at all.
After the suspension was lifted more than 30 of my Shantae submissions were removed, from sketches to alternate version without a chance to appeal any (Link
), so basically from now on, there's nothing guaranteeing that my Shantae artworks won't be removed from this site whenever a random nobody comes claiming them, as it has been proven, and that means I can no longer safely share most content featuring her on this site.
While the DA rules are "clear" about this topic (Link
) as long as the character in their original context is not 18
, they would consider it as underage, even if it is an aged up version of the character. I'm not going to to divert the blame to anyone, but after this issued occurred I didn't even know that there was an official statement about Shantae's age from the developers, and I don't seem to be the only one. It's nothing that wouldn't be fixed with a simple time skip and literally nothing would change at all, but anyways...While I can understand why some of the artworks had the potential of being removed from the beginning (mainly the ones that I’ve only featured my NSFW account)
I know for a fact that the massive removal of artworks from my gallery didn't only responded to the suggestive content in itself, because they also removed very innocuous artworks from my account, the best example being a Winking Shantae drawing
being treated as sexually offensive: Link
More likely a deviantart admin, Or bot(I'm not sure at this point), just removed all the artworks that were reported without even checking thoroughly to see if they were worthy of deletion or not. Either that or a girl winking is too erotic and lascivious for DA staff.
I always considered Deviantart a second home, It all started here for me after all, but after being threaten like this, out of my personal pride and self respect I can't push myself to continue uploading stuff here... at least for the time being. After all, What's protecting me from people removing my content with false claims if I can't claim back at the removal or talk to a human being on the other side when this stuff happens?: Link
I still have some commissions to share, and it wouldn't be fair for the people that payed them to not share them here, specially if it features their original creations, but I won't lie, I'm not in good terms with the people that run this site anymore. I'm also probably going to have to send to storage other stuff that wasn't removed because it's a risk of getting suspended again.
List of deleted artworks by title:
- Nega-Shantae Dancer
- Nega-Shantae dance
- Shantae Dancer
- Shantae phone wallpaper
- Shantae phone wallpaper (Alt.)
- Dreams of magic
- Lovely Nega
- Shantae love
- Shantae love (Alt.)
- Shantae swimsuit
- Nega-Fantasies (Rough Sketch)
- Shantae wink
- Nega's fashion tips
- Royal dance (Nega)
- Royal dance (Shantae)
- (NSFW) Shantae and Friends Bounce
- Bikini Shantae
- Friend to the harem (Alt.)
- Friends to the Harem
- (NSFW) Shantae and Friends Booty loop
- Quick shower (Shantae)
- Quick shower (Nega)
- Teasing Nega princess
- Teasing 1/2 genie princess
- Nega Summer
- Princess Shantae
- Shantae embrace
- Dreams of magic - Rough sketch
- (2016) Shantae embrace - Sketch
- (2016) Shantae alt. expressions
- Shantae Summer
(Update) artworks that weren't removed but are now stored for safety reasons:
- Friends to the Harem (Sketches)
- Princess Shantae (Sketch)
- Nega's Fashion tips (Sketches)
- Shantae Love (Sketch)
- Reach for the Sky (Sketch)
There's no much point on having the sketches up if the final piece has been removed after all, it would only make me vulnerable to another suspension.
It's a shame that all the interactions I had with people on these post are gone now, as well as the meta-data and dates in which I uploaded each. I simply can't go back to 2016 for example and upload them again, for me, each submission is like a little time capsule that cannot be replicated. I always thought that Deviantart could be a good place to archive most of my content, but it doesn't seem to be the case with their report system being this broken.
It's like politics I guess, you mostly live along some great and nice people that just want to do their thing and live their lives, but there's also a couple of A-holes that try to make everyone miserable and f*ck everything up, while you're also being governed by a bunch of idiots that don't do anything about it.
Thankfully Devianart is not the only site I share my artworks anymore, so if you need me you can find me in any of these other sites as well: