Buckling under pressure from enraged Christians, DC Comics has announced that it's pulled the plug on a planned series called Second Coming , in which Jesus returns as a superhero.
About 233,000 people signed a petition saying:
Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad -- or Buddha?
This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books.
The plot summary for the first issue, previously sated for March, said:
Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world's favorite savior: the all-powerful superhero Sun-Man, the Last Son of
Krispex!. But when Christ returns to Earth, he's shocked to discover what has become of his gospel 203 and now, he aims to set the record straight.
The writers will now offer the series to other publishers.
Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security has censored a caricature of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that was published in the French weekly Courrier International .
The censor covered the caricature with a sticker before allowing the publication to enter Lebanon.
The move has sparked debate on social media, including criticism and questions as to whether the directorate is affiliated with the Shiite group Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran. There were also questions as to whether such censorship would
apply to other leaders who are caricatured by the French newspaper.
A few shoppers have been 'outraged' a saucy Valentine's Day advert for high end lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. The poster was prominently displayed Bath's House of Fraser store and shows an underwear-clad model gazing at herself in the mirror
in pink underwear.
Local councillors said they were absolutely shocked and appalled by the picture, saying it is pornographic imagery of women that is not suitable for the high street.
The poster was used to promote Agent Provocateur's pop-up stores for Valentine's Day at House of Fraser branches across the country, including one at Jolly's in Bath.
Ahead of Valentine's Day, the lingerie brand's creative director, Sarah Shotton, said:
We want people to remember to love themselves in their body, mind and self-confidence.
The Daily Mail tracked down a few trivial whinges on Twitter.
Hannah Lees, who manages a Bath-based running group, tweeted: I have no words. Well, apart from these #objectification #everydaysexism. When other Twitter users suggested the pictures were harmless, she replied: She's not 'owning her
sexuality and her body She's posing as directed by her employer.
local resident Kirsten Elliott wrote: It's disgraceful. Exposing girls and boys to this perpetuates the patriarchal hegemonies which damage us all. Your daughter is negatively impacted by this image.
Local councillor Victoria Atherstone complained about a similar poster in the Cheltenham branch of House of Fraser. She tweeted:
Absolutely shocked and appalled by this @TheMissAP high street store photographic campaign displayed in @houseoffraser #Cheltenham shocking pornographic imagery of women #exploitation NOT SUITABLE for the high street - please take it down.
A spokesman for Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said there had only been one official complaint about the images - but they weren't in the watchdog's remit.He said their advertising rules didn't extend to shop fittings or in-store material
and that it likely fell to local councils.
A musician found guilty of broadcasting grossly offensive anti-Semitic songs has had her conviction upheld.
Alison Chabloz has written many politically incorrect, humorous and insulting songs often targeted at jews but also more generally against the PC establishment. The songs have been published on many internet platforms including YouTube.
In May she was convicted of three charges relating to the songs and was given a suspended jail sentence by magistrates which she appealed against.
A judge at Southwark Crown Court has upheld her conviction ruling the content was particularly repellent. In the songs Chabloz suggested the Holocaust was a bunch of lies and referred to Auschwitz as a theme park.
Chabloz was convicted of two counts of sending an offensive, indecent or menacing message through a public communications network and a third charge relating to a song on YouTube.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for two years and banned from social media for 12 months.
During the appeal Adrian Davies, defending, told judge Christopher Hehir: It would be a very, very strong thing to say that a criminal penalty should be imposed on someone for singing in polemical terms about matters on which she feels so
The case started as a private prosecution by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism before the Crown Prosecution Service took over. The group's chairman, Gideon Falter, said: This is the first conviction in the UK over Holocaust denial on social
Blackface refers to a long standing rule of political correctness banning white people from pretending to be black people. But now it seems that the pretence underpinning the rule is no longer required, and that any image of of a black face is
now considered politically incorrect
A fashion line of shoes associated with Katy Perry has been withdrawn after being accused of using blackface.
The sandals and loafers, designed with a face featuring prominent red lips, are no longer on sale at retailers including Walmart. A spokesperson for the Kate Perry Collection told TMZ : In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the
process of pulling the shoes.
Perry has released a statement describing the shoes as part of a collection envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism. She said:
I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain. She said they had been immediately removed from the website for her fashion
A complaint about 3 Pugs Gin produced by Silverback Distillers has been upheld by the drinks censors of the Portman Group.
The complainant, a member of the public, believed that the product was aimed at an under-18's audience. The complaint was upheld under Code rule 3.2(h), which states that a drink, its packaging and any promotional material should not in any
direct or indirect way have a particular appeal to under-18s.
The Panel considered the overall packaging of the product. They concluded that the use of the descriptor pugalicious, description of the bubblegum flavour on the labelling and the fact that the product was a pink coloured gin were not in
themselves problematic. However, the Panel felt that when these factors were considered alongside the depiction of the dogs as cartoon pugs in a hot air balloon overlooking a Willy Wonka-like sweet land across a pink liquid, then it was likely to
have a particular appeal to under-18s.
A Portman Group spokesperson commented: This decision once again highlights that producers should steer clear of references and imagery related to childhood and childhood memories. They should think carefully about what is conveyed by the overall
impression of the product and speak to our advisory service if in any doubt.
Another example of heavy handed policing has been highlighted by the Daily Mail.
Three police were sent to arrest Kate Scottow for critical comments about a trans person on Mumsnet. She was locked up for 7 hours and was questioned about her comment referring to a trans person as a man. The angry comments seem to be the result
of an online tiff with a transgender activist who didn't like Scottow's view that men cannot become women.
Police investigations are continuing and the police are still retaining Scottow's laptop and phone seized when she was arrested two months ago. She has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man.
The case is the latest where police have been accused of being heavy-handed in dealing with people who go online to debate gender issues. Sitcom writer Graham Linehan was given a verbal harassment warning by West Yorkshire Police after
transgender activist Stephanie Hayden reported him for referring to her by her previous names and pronouns on Twitter.
High Court papers obtained by The Mail on Sunday detail how Scottow is accused of a campaign of targeted harassment against the same activist, Stephanie Hayden, allegedly motivated by her status as a transgender woman.
Surely harsh words can be said in anger but surely this police action has confirmed that holding a politically incorrect opinion is now illegal and can be enforced as if it was a serious crime.
The heavy handed police action has only managed to transform an online tiff into a serious demonstration that the police have corrupted the law into some sort of blasphemy like prohibition on politically incorrect debate. Millions of newspaper
readers will now be even more worried that their own words may one day offend someone and get themselves arrested.
This police action just makes society more divisive and angry.
Toy Story 4 is a 2019 USA family animation comedy by Josh Cooley.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Patricia Arquette and Tom Hanks.
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Animal rights campaigners PETA have launched an ad campaign this week, demanding that animators Pixar edit out a sheep-herding crook from the new Toy Story film, ludicrously claiming that the object promotes animal cruelty.
Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) saw the crook as a betrayal of Pixar's attempt to give the character a tough modern update, claiming that the sheep-herding instrument she carries is still problematic.
Their problem is apparently not that they think the crook itself is a cruel instrument, but the fact that it promotes exploiting gentle sheep for their wool.
It is surely doubtful that most kids will even know what the old-time shepherd's tool is in the first place.