The Australian tourist board has pixelated a giant kangaroo penis from their Facebook page, but it has proven to be a controversial move.
Staff courted controversy with the picture, which pixelated out the animal’s genitals, and it has since amassed over 1,500 comments even though it was only uploaded on Friday.
Commenters are furious that the photograph blocked out the penis of the animal, who has been referred to as Big Baz, but Tourism Australia has vowed that it was done as a joke.
They uploaded the picture of the kangaroo, who is seen laying back on the grass at Featherdale Wildlife Park. The caption that they added, read, “Enjoying a lazy afternoon at Featherdale Wildlife Park *Censored for Facebook*.”
However, most people didn’t find the picture funny. Natasha Duncan wrote, “It’s ridiculous that the reproductive organs of an animal are blurred out. How many sickos out there think this is sexual. Society sickens me.”
Another added, “Why are you censoring a kangaroo? OMG, that’s just crazy! I’ve got loads of pics of my dog on Facebook and none of them are censored.”
Martyn Hobbins scribed, “How utterly pathetic. Censored for Facebook. You have just lost ALL my respect. I shall now remove the link to you, goodbye. Oh, and grow up.”
Tourism Ausralia’s spokesperson told The Australian that the censoring was a light hearted attempt at humor. They remarked, “Anybody who’s familiar with our Facebook page knows we like to have a bit of fun with our posts and when Featherdale Wildlife Park sent us this cracker of a photo we just couldn’t resist sharing it with our fans – in all of its magnificent glory. Or nearly all!”
The picture has been liked by over 30,000 individuals, while it has been shared over 5,000 times, in just three days.
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