The Hex Maniac trainer from the Pokemon series was determined by Patreon as being an “underage” character. They sent an artist a notice telling them to remove their artwork of the character from their platform because they claim that despite the artwork featuring a buxom Hex Maniac, they stated that the face of the character appeared to be under the age of 18.
The notice was shared by Twitter user SixRobotWives on March 17th, 2020, who had been trying to tell people that Patreon was targeting anime-style artwork.
The typical Centrists have been claiming that news about Patreon targeting anime-style or Japanese-style art was “fake news” and that the bans were being blown out of proportion. But the notice from Mace, a member of Patreon’s Trust & Safety staff, made it known that they are targeting anime-style art that they don’t like.
Someone posted this today, so here’s how it’s gonna go down:
I want everyone to admit I was right. You all don’t have to type it out, but just know it. Because I was right, and not just right, but spot-on. pic.twitter.com/ih2LZsaNFT
— I am The Milkman, Keeper of the Milk Chalice (@SixRobotWives) March 18, 2020
Interestingly enough, the message from Mace was actually sent way back on December 17th, 2019. So this was well before the recent spat of bans affecting Asian artists.
If you’re unable to read the message, Mace writes…
“Thank you for responding back to me, I am happy to help. Hex maniac’s face is depicted to be under the age of 18. Those posts of that character will need to be removed from your page. Once that has been completed please let me know and I will be happy to review your account. Please let me know if you have any questions.”
What was the image of Hex Maniac that warranted the notice? Twitter user emma_gear posted up the NSFW image on March 16th, 2020 to show everyone what caused Patreon to get their panties in a twist.
Similar messages were sent to other artists regarding artwork that Patreon’s staff claimed “sexualized minors”.
The bans went viral on social media, especially in Japanese artist circles.
The most egregious act, however, is that Patreon asked for access to the Google Drives of some artists, in order to check and verify that they weren’t drawing and sharing art of loli characters or art that contained characters that they claimed to be “minors”.
Many of the artists pressured Patreon to clarify what determines fictional characters in art to be underage? But Patreon never really clarified other than stating that if characters have large eyes and no wrinkles on their face then they’re likely to be underage.
A lot of people called Patreon racist for this, since that’s simply how most Japanese artists depict their characters, but Patreon fired back claiming that they were not being racist nor were they targeting the anime art-style, but were instead targeting art featuring “sexualized minors”. Of course, when artists pressured Patreon once again to clarify what determines characters to be classified as “minors”, Patreon opted not to respond.
But given that many of the examples and evidence so far seems to involve Patreon specifically targeting Japanese-style anime artwork, it looks like the criticisms that artists had of Patreon are more true than not.
(Thanks for the news tip Tim At Where)
(Main image courtesy of SleepingEel)