Jackson McLean, manager at Gaze Seed Company in Canada, is shaking his damn head — laughing out loud — after a recent vegetable ad, designed to promote the garden and seed store's Walla Walla sweet onions, was rejected by Facebook police.
According to McLean, the image shown below was flagged as "Overtly Sexual" and denied by the social media giant.
"We got notified the other day that it's an 'overtly sexual image' that they had to ban from the site," he told CBC News. "I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way."
McLean said the ad in question was all part of the company's spring lineup, but when Facebook laid down their gavel, accusing the bad seed of boosting raunchy onions, he said all he could do was laugh.
"I just thought it was funny," he said. "You'd have to have a pretty active imagination to look at that and get something sexual out of it ... 'Overtly sexual,' as in there's no way of mistaking it as not sexual."
He then went on to share the story on Facebook, inviting followers to throw in their two cents.
"I don't know man," began one supporter, "Those are some pretty sexy onions." Another warned the company they ought to be glad they weren't selling banana seeds. One woman even came up with a new ad campaign, suggesting that "Cooking can be sexy...just ask people that buy our onions."
As you may have guessed — and can only imagine — the comments kept coming, leading to more laughs, gifs, and unsightly images of other questionable fruits and vegetables. While it is still unclear as to what led to Facebook's ruling, the company is in the process of appealing.
"Hopefully an actual human gets to look at the photo to decide that it's not actually sexual at all," said McLean. "It's just onions."
And who said food porn isn't real?