I don’t know if I should be horrified or proud that my novel CODE NAME: Infamy has been censored by Amazon for not being PC. I will admit to being shocked; it is hardly a controversial book. It is my forth novel, all have been sold on Amazon since 2006 or so. CODE NAME: Infamy, is traditionally published by Blank Slate Press. My Editor was as shocked as I was, that I have been censored by Amazon.
I set up an advertisement for CODE NAME: Infamy two days ago; like I have done for Project 7 Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, and ENDGAME in the Pacific. I write historically based thrillers, pretty mainstream stuff really. I hope that they are thrilling and move the reader, but worthy of being censored they are not. Its history, how can you censor history?
Yesterday I received a message from Amazon saying they would not run my advertisement, I asked why from a manager?
I am sorry for any inconvenience felt. I can explain this.
It was rejected due to the “potentially offensive iconography on the cover image.
I request you to alter the cover image according to the guidelines and reschedule the campaign.
“Potentially offensive”, sooo that pretty much covers ANYTHING on the planet forever! Potentially Offensive….Really?
Here it is:
They offered a service to sterilize my cover, I chose not to.
I was a Cold Warrior, should I be offended by the Hammer and Sickle of the USSR, the Chinese Star?
OFFENDED! I’M OFFENDED BY THIS ICONOGRAPHY! Oh, wait….that’s my own airplane….never mind.
Has it come to this? Censorship is now based on “potentially offensive iconography”. Amazing, we are doomed. If you are so weak, so absolutely pathetic that seeing historical symbols from past cultures and wars frightens and offends you…well all I can say is you need help. And to be honest, I do not believe anyone is “potentially offended” by REALITY ICONOGRAPHY…except, apparently, an International Corporation that endorses Politically Correct Censorship.
Like I said, Amazing.