Facebook says Paris’ renowned Musée d’Orsay “violates community standards”

Facebook today banned mention of a new art exhibition at Paris’ famed Musée d’Orsay impressionism museum, claiming that the exhibit violates Facebook’s “community standards.”

Ruh roh.

The exhibit in question, called “Masculin,” is a look at the naked male form from 1800 to the present.

Well, that was a tad too much for Grandma Facebook.

Here’s what I posted last night on Facebook – a French newspaper report on the exhibit. It included a risqué ad that is on the streets of Paris for all to see:


And here’s what happened to my post:


I get that Facebook worries about nudity.  But are we really going to start banning art exhibits at one of the world’s most famous museums?  Really?

Here’s a promo video that the Musée d’Orsay did for the exhibit, below. You might not want to post this on Facebook, there are some nekkid mens in it. Actually, the video is rather brilliant. It does what I suspected it did – the actor is recreating famous works of art. Here are some screen shots from the video – real art on the left, the “live” video is on the right:





And here’s the actual video the museum posted on YouTube:

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