What’s going on?
For those of you not keeping track, it has been an interesting week or so over at Patreon. With them apparently getting more and more aggressive towards the anime style as a whole. Particularly if it is R-18 content. It escalated when the Japanese artist known as “Waero” got suspended off of the platform. Who was apparently told that “Japanese-Styled art is considered underage pornography and is not welcome on Patreon”. Regardless of physical attributes, bust size, etc. It was all going to be treated as lolicon.
After a total shitshow on Twitter, Patreon eventually made a public statement that “Anime in itself is not a banned style”. However the actions of their moderator staff sings a different song. While admitting that anime isn’t banned, the *features of anime are*. Such features being big heads, big eyes, the overall moe or innocent look. etc. Below are a few screenshots I lifted from Twitter, of people’s interaction with the Patreon staff.
They are also up to their usual dirty tactics of snooping through creator’s PMs, and even demanding access to their google drives to make sure they are obeying their policies.
What is my plan?
Obviously my Patreon cannot function under these strict guidelines. All of my models other than maybe T-elos would probably fall under the “Too cutesy in the face” rule. However it is yet to see just how intrusive they are with this policy. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a gigantic ban wave like there was when they banned Lolicon and real-life pornography from the platform.
I plan on laying low and weathering the storm until Patreon either suspends me (At which point I will leave the platform for good). Or the whole thing blows over. As much as I’d love to simply give them the middle finger, a lot of my monetary livelihood still rests on the platform. So ditching them would be like cutting my nose to spite my face.
So, in response, I ask my supporters to consider switching over to either my SubscribeStar, or my Pixiv Fanbox channels. I would like to even out the nests in case of a total ban hammer. It is not required however, and I would not want anyone to “double dip” in pledges. So please beware that you would get an immediate charge on either of the new platforms and time accordingly! Also please note that Pixiv rewards must be censored.
Please also note that I have not been contacted by Patreon at all at this point. This is just a preemptive measure!