Update: Tuesday – As a result of publishing this story and linking it to Facebook, one Echo drudge’s Facebook page has now also been suspended.
Lismore’s mayor Jenny Dowell was told her Facebook account would be shut down after posting an image featuring a survivor of bowel cancer.
The photo of artist Deborah Kelly and her subject Simone O’Brien standing in front of Deborah’s work, was taken at the opening of an exhibition at the Lismore Gallery.
The exhibition, called No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory), is comprised of 20 life-sized collaborative collage portraits.
It was originally commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney.
But after loading up the picture to her Facebook site, Cr Dowell received a message that it been reported as offensive.
Cr Dowell told Echonetdaily that she was shocked at the reaction to the photo.
‘I was shocked that it was first of all reported and shocked that the review found that it offended their standards,’ she said.
‘They asked me to remove it or they would close my account.
I believe it was a tasteful photograph that told a story and there are many more things that are on Facebook that contravene standards.
Cr Dowell pointed out that the original art works were commissioned for the Biennale in Sydney in 2014.
They will remain on display at the Lismore gallery until 2 April.
Cr Dowell said the complaint about the photograph would have been made by one of her Facebook friends, as she operated a closed group.
‘My message is that if you see something you don’t like, press hide. Or if you really are offended by something I have posted, unfriend me,’ she said.
The photo has since been shared widely by Cr Dowell’s friends on Facebook, with some also having their pages suspended.