9/11 Memorial Deemed "Offensive", Rejected from SL9B
This is a Second Life memorial to the victims of September 11's terrorist attacks:
Do you consider it offensive? Because here's the thing: Created by Robin Linette, it was submitted as an installation for Second Life's 9th anniversary celebration, but after some complaints, the director of SL9B, KT Syakumi, requested its removal from the event:
"The people who complained took issue with the depiction of the plane slicing through the towers and landing on the Pentagon roof in front of a glowing cross," Syakumi tells me, then adds:
"I understand that other people the maker talked to did not find it offensive, however many did, and we don't feel that a birthday celebration is the place to court controversy and cause offense, so we worked with the makers of the memorial to come up with a new display that everyone would enjoy. We featured their new display on our blog."
As for Ms. Linette, she tells me she understands this position, but is still disappointed -- especially since it had already been seen and admired by an SLer who's a relative of a 9/11 victim:
"The hardest thing i had to do was go back to the person who lost his sister," she tells me. "I felt like I really let him down... When I built this, this wasn't what I had in mind. I wanted to do something that would help us to sit back and remember." When she told the man the memorial was considered too violent by some, she tells me, he said: '"Violent? the ACT was violent... the memory is sacred'. That is what I was trying to convey."
It would be wonderful if another 9/11 memorial could take the place of this one, for SL9B, perhaps one that's more like this.