Is the Huffington Post guilty of body-post shaming one of their writers?
Is the imprint of Singer Steve Grand's penis the cause of the shame?
for the Huffington Post shares his story
AFTER THE JUMP
Huffington Post's email to David Toussant stated that the photo he used was “deeply offensive” and “soft-core porn,” and that he ought to be ashamed for placing it on a respectable, liberal site.
Huffington Post's email ended with a threat -
Do this again and you will feel permanent blockage if he[David] ever tried such a stunt again, “even in jest".
David thought the photo illustrated his satiric point.
What's interesting is that Huffington Post allowed David Toussant to repost the entire photo for this new revealing article.
David Toussant did serve up a warning this time-LOL
You might want to lock the kids in the closet, close the curtains, hide the bibles, keep the smelling salts handy, and chain yourself to something secure so you don’t throw yourself out the window or jump into oncoming traffic.
The Steve Grand photo that caused the exile of David Toussant for one week-
David Toussant continues
The model in the photo is gay country-singer heartthrob Steve Grand, and, as you can see, it’s titillating. It screams “sex” and was designed to showcase Grand’s obvious assets.
But why is it “deeply offensive” and “soft-core porn”? The Urban Dictionary’s Top Definition for the latter is “pornographic material that shows everything excluding insertion or penetration.” Other examples say penetration with a partner and masturbation is okay provided you don’t show ejaculation or an erection or cunnilingus. Playboy is often depicted as soft-core porn.
Forgetting for a moment that the photo has been displayed on mainstream gay sites worldwide, and that almost every “serious” cable show now shows male nudity, Grand isn’t naked in the photo—you don’t even see the Facebook-forbidden butt-crack or pubic hair. He’s not masturbating, there’s no partner, unless you count the showerhead, and he’s not erect.
Did the Huffington Post have a knee jerk reaction?
Did the Huffington Post wrongly body-post shame David?
We encourage our readers to head over to David Toussant's article on HuffPo and read the entire story and drawn your conclusions.