A few weeks ago, the Internet was made aware of breast cancer survivor Inga Duncan Thornell's absolutely beautiful, incredibly inspiring tattoo on her chest. The tattoo -- a gorgeous piece of artwork designed by Inga and tattooist Tina Bafaro -- covered the scars from her mastectomy. It's Inga's creative, thoughtful, and stunning alternative to reconstructive surgery. The tattoo was featured on the Facebook page of Custom Tattoo Design.
But then it wasn't. Because Facebook took it down for violating its no nudity policy.
At the time of writing this, the photo is up. But here's the text that goes along with it:
Hello Everyone, This Tattoo was done for a woman who had breast cancer! Facebook keeps removing the post in 24hour as an offensive photo do to nudity. However we feel this woman is both brave and strong so were going to post it anyways and ask for your awareness and support; Please like and share this photo quickly to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much. (Kind Comments are welcome) Thanks!
Right now the photo has over 200,000 likes.
According to The Huffington Post, Facebook has since backtracked on their original decision and will allow the photo to stay up, saying: "Mastectomy photos don't violate our content standards and are permitted on the site."
I'm pretty shocked this photo was ever taken down in the first place. This is something beautiful. Something thoughtful. Something that will make you leave the social networking site with a feeling of hope or love or strength, as opposed to leaving it having only viewed photos of people's dinner and having read sanctimonious political rants. This is something good for Facebook.
Thankfully, it sounds like the photo is back up on the site for good -- smart move Facebook. This picture may technically classify as "nudity", but there's nothing about this photo that should be in violation of anything.
What do you think of this photo having been taken down?
Image via Facebook