I don't see what I'm about to say as divisive. If you are reading this I assume you won't either. Censorship has been issue LFDW has faced since I started this company.
Meta shadow-bans us and demonetizes our account. We make absolutely no money from Instagram. Think about that. We have 100K followers. Our individual reels have literal days of watch time and, we pay them for marketing. Thousands of dollars a month. But, they decided our content, the content they push to keep people on their app, is too offensive for us to be allowed to make any money. We cannot be paid from reels. We cannot have an instagram shop either. All on the whim of technology takes money from me and my family.
But, Meta is Meta.
And, this extends beyond. There are a number of examples but, here's the most recent.
We paid an apparel marketing and content firm to run an email campaign for the holidays. I personally talked to multiple people at the company, they saw the site, the products, our instagram etc. However, after three meetings and a multi-thousand dollar payment. One employee, the one we needed to actually execute this campaign, decided he couldn't handle our content. It was too scary and obscene for him (I'll attach examples below so you can share the horror).
My first thought was, and still is, "I paid you money, so you do the job now." This was not the way it went down. Because of a censorship warrior we are no longer working with the company. For them that leaves possibly tens of thousands of dollars on the table, and it gives me more work.
We've gotten to a place in society where people are so scared. You noticed how you can't say kill on Instagram anymore it has to be "Unalive," Which sounds fucking stupid.
I think many of you relate to LFDW and what we do because we're not clean, we're not sanitized and we're not censored.
I am growing this company against the wishes of algorithms, and fearful individuals because I believe in what I am doing. I believe that LFDW has meaning deeper than t-shirts. I believe this because y'all have told me over and over.
People send me messages about how something I post reminds them of their mom or dad or someone else who's now gone.
Or, how LFDW showed them there's a community of people who like the same stuff they do. That sounds simple, but it's not. It means that they saw they are not alone. That the Outlaw lifestyle lives on.
But, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that started an Outlaw brand and it scares, bothers, or pisses people off.
So, we're staying in-house and uncensored. Be on the lookout for news about the LFDW magazine. It will also not be censored.
The person who refused to work with us used his religion as an excuse so I will leave you with two things.
8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
And finally the offensive pictures.