After social media flagged their nude statues as pornography, one museum got creative…and a little naughty.  

 

 

As with most moments in popular culture – and life imitating art – we can once again go back to the standard here: “The Simpsons did it.” First, they predicted the Trump presidency. Now, it’s happened again. In the episode where Marge, initially outraged by the violence on display in Itchy and Scratchy cartoons tries to have the thing banned, only to see her movement turn against more traditional, ‘high’ arts. A row erupts over ‘indecency’ and the mob turns against a display of Michelangelo’s David…because of the statue’s exposed junk.

Now, as reported by Vice, life has imitated art. A consortium of museums in Vienna have created an OnlyFans account to post nude artworks as part of a “new wave of prudishness” on social media platforms.

Helena Hartlauer, a spokesperson for the Vienna Tourism Board, said the museums launched the OnlyFans gambit after having their social media accounts suspended for uploading nude artworks. In July, Albertina Museum’s TikTok account was banned for posting photographs from Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki depicting obscured breasts. 

“Vienna and its art institutions are among the casualties of this new wave of prudishness – with nude statues and famous artworks blacklisted under social media guidelines, and repeat offenders even finding their accounts temporarily suspended,” the Vienna Tourism Board wrote in a press release. “That’s why we decided to put the capital’s world-famous ‘explicit’ artworks on OnlyFans.”

 

One of the nudes in question (NORBERT MILLAUER/DDP/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

 

OnlyFans, it turns out, is not a site dedicated to celebrating the many ways to circulate cool air, but a content subscription service, where creators earn money from subscribers (the titular “fans”). The platform enables direct monthly funding as well as one-time tips and the pay-per-view feature. In shocking news to nobody, much of what’s on the site is adult in nature.

While social media platforms like Facebook are well known for prohibiting sexual content and art that features nudity (while still somehow finding wiggle room for racists and antivaxxers), even OnlyFans flirted with similar wowserhood. They previously announced a ban on “sexually explicit content,” a curious decision that would align with Domino’s deciding on banning cheese on its pizzas. The decision was reversed when someone told whoever was in charge that removing 98% of your revenue stream is a “bad idea”. 

“Part of what makes this problematic is that there are no clear guidelines on these platforms, nor rhyme or reason, in regards to what nudity is considered ‘offensive’ and what nudity is not,” Vienna Tourism’s Hartlauer said. “We’ve had 3,000-year-old works of art be censored. Clearly, there is something wrong here.”

It’s always going to get back to The Simpsons. As Homer once said, “C’mon, Maude. The human wang is a beautiful thing.”

 

 

 

 

 

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