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Mon, Mar 21, 2022 10:28 PM

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Why was my approved review deleted?

I wrote a review for The Gilded Age that was popular (lots of votes and lots of helpful votes) and has since been deleted. The review is below. Can I please be told what about my review violated review policies? Is it a violation to correct the historical record in your review of a period drama? Here's the review:

Stereotypes, cliches, pandering

Here we go again. Another story that's going to focus on race and class and sexual orientation, blah blah blah while playing up to tired old one dimensional female tropes like shy but plucky ingenues and cliche catfights between malevolent mavens. Newsflash: in 1882, women of all races, classes and sexual orientations were the legal property of their husbands under common law coverture with no legal identity or civil rights of their own, including the vote. To make it look like rich white women had all this formidable power is a gross misrepresentation of this historical time period to pander to today's zeitgeist. This is made for the Harlequin romance reader with regressive ideas about women. Skip it.

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Hi Amor_Lucis -

Can you post the 18-digit submission reference number associated with your User review submission?  Our staff can then investigate for you.

Thanks!

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@Michelle​ Here it is.

Contribution #220125-061234-909504

Thank you for your help.

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@Michelle​ Have you had a chance to research my review, please?

Thank you.

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Hi Amor_Lucis -

I have now reinstated your User Review for "The Gilded Age" and it should be live on the site shortly.

Regarding the removal, I can see that it was likely reported and removed because the majority of the review was focused on historical context rather than the show itself.  To prevent any future removals, I encourage you to update your review to include additional context about the show itself, and what you liked and didn't like about it.

I hope this helps!

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@Michelle​ Thank you for reinstating my review and for guessing that it was removed because I provided historical context to illustrate the factual inaccuracy of this period narrative. However,

1) 34 out of the 118 words of my review provided "historical context" which is 29% of the review, not "the majority of the review." 

2) IMDb user guidelines for reviews specifically state "Your reviews should focus on the title's content and context."

(source: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/contribution-information/user-review-guidelines/GABTWSNLDNFLPRRH#)

The historical context I provided was directly related to the content of the show. The show is historically inaccurate, which is why I disliked the show.  In fact, rather than just writing "this show is historically inaccurate," I provided necessary context to illustrate the point, as reviewers are directed to do.

So, no, I will not be censoring my 100% appropriate review. On the contrary, the removal of this review showed a bias on the part of IMDb to remove previously approved reviews because someone, somewhere, did not like the fact that I called out the show for misrepresenting women's legal status (which it does) and which I demonstrated by providing necessary historical context.

If a review provided historical context to demonstrate how a show was historically inaccurate by implying that people of color had formidable power and status in America in 1830, for example, would that review be censored? I doubt it.  And btw, the historical context I provided regarding female coverture in 1882 was true for women of all races, so in removing my popular review, IMDb is also censoring the history of women of color.

May I suggest that, instead of asking reviewers to censor their previously approved reviews, IMDb train their review editors not to inappropriately remove reviews that do not violate IMDb standards?

Thank you.

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