KeenSpot Newsbox Controversy Sparks Policy Clarification
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 10, 2005 - 23:12
An update to this story: it appears to be that in the case of the recent Friendly Hostility newsbox, Keenspot did not follow its internal policy to provide newsbox images to all of its artists to review beforehand. Keenspot policy is to require the provision of a "G" rated image as an alternative for individual artists to use if any artists object to the originally submitted newsbox image.
Original post follows after the break.
Recently, Gavin Bleuel posted a clarification of Keen's policy regarding said newsbox.
This weekend, we ran a newsbox for Friendly Hostility which featured two men kissing (or, debately, very close to kissing). Another Keenspotter, who objected to the content running on their site, subsequently removed the newsbox. Since then, we've been flooded with emails from outraged readers. From the emails we received, it appears there is a great deal of confusion regarding Keenspot policies surrounding the newsbox, so I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify the points that have been brought up and answer some questions, here in a public forum.
Websnark's readers do a little research and confirm that Tiffany Ross is likely to be the Keenspot artist who objected to the Friendly Hostility newsbox. Here's the text from her site at the time (google cache):
"I will have this box at the top of AD for this week, due to events over the weekend concerning the Keenspot Newsbox that I did not want on my site. The comic's quite funny. I've read it a few times and it's not explicit, so I have no problem with it, but it does contain gay content."