Did Anyone Ask For Your Opinion?
To the disgruntled ex-paradigm.
There are two sides to your jaded, rusting coin. Both are scarred. I do not see a single way you could be justified for the response you and your supercillious friends initiated.
For the record, I have no obligations to take down the image. I am breaking no laws, and no moral code. I am speaking nothing but glowing admiration for what I chose your self-expression to represent. It isn't about you. Your depiction was an icon, a perfect symbol of the freedom I was illustrating, the freedom to want, and broadcast it.
I took it down not out of dignity, as was suggested. Dignity would demand leaving it up.
Not out of politeness. No rudeness was committed in showcasing you as a best example.
Not because you lied about emailing me to take it down. You had not. Up until you spoke I had nothing but rude threats from your blindly frustrated, parochial so called "friends" (something that no one, not even yourself, responds well to).
Not out of kindness to your request. That would also have been a good reason--one human rising beyond the other's stinging slaps and unsheathed claws when he does her a good turn, only to do her another one. Nobility would have sufficed... but I had a better reason.
I took it down because I was wrong about you.
My vision was and still is about abandonment. About wanting, and not being afraid to show the whole world that you are a vulnerable human creature who has voids. You are, you know. And trying to cover that, with whatever pretense (exclusivity, should/shouldn't, environment, minors, attention), is simply hypocritical, but more than anything, sad, because of your potential.
I took it down because I do not want a symbol who will stake the wind on a crusade for delusioned, untouchable purity. With staunch Pharasaical apologists in her tow who will get so riled about what is scopically such a tiny thing that they will post language and threats beside their grimacing faces, and beat me over the head with blindfolded "should" demands and violent intimidations, neither of which mean a thing to me.
It is what is wrong with humankind in this generation. That we can't let down our brick walls for a second to get close to someone else, or to overlook mistakes. Your reticence, I do not have a problem with. That is your liability, and none of my business. But maybe you didn't know that assuming the worst was a crime? It is what starts wars, mutilates children, kills foetus'.
I have chosen another poster girl for Desire. One that fits the bill. This woman deserves adulation, she is as wildfire as they come. Round of applause for Clare, you know I love you girl.
Thank you, Hobbs, for your offer but if I take you up on it, it will be to stamp the smothering opposition to my utopia with the image of your pencils and her facade.