If you’re into The Walking Dead, then you know how graphic the scenes can be, whether you’re watching from behind a pillow (er, just us?) or are 10 inches away from the screen, popcorn bucket in lap. There’s lots of blood, gore, errant body parts and loads of violence in an average TWD hour, but if you choose to watch it then you know what to expect.
When Alana Hubbard, a New Jersey-based photographer who owns Mother Hubbard Photography, created a photo shoot paying homage to some of the hit series’ most memorable scenes, she simply thought it was a fun way to honour a show she loves. No big deal, right? Oh, wait, we buried the lede. Hubbard used child models — including two of her own kids and their friends. Now is it a big deal?
According to Facebook, yes. Then, no. Facebook initially banned Hubbard for “repeated violations of its community standards,” reports the New York Daily News. The offending photo: a kiddie version of Daryl riding off on a mini motorcycle being trailed by a pack of pint-sized cannibals. A shot of the toddlerized version of Negan also earned a removal from FB.
Facebook has since reversed its decision, but now, to look at Hubbard’s pics, you have to jump through a few extra hoops. “You have to actively go out of your way to view the photo, so if you chose to ignore the warnings and disclaimers and click the photo, don’t come crying to me if you don’t like it…” she says. In other words, the most “gruesome” looking photos are blurred, and users are notified of graphic content before they can be seen.
Hubbard has a point; someone who finds The Walking Dead too violent for television doesn’t have to watch it, and the same goes for the photos.
Obviously, not everyone think Hubbard’s photos are art. All you have to do is peruse her posts’ comments and find words like “inappropriate,” “unacceptable” and “disgusting.” We see where they’re coming from. But she’s also earned a ton of support, with many calling the pics “creative,” “fantastic” and “brilliant.”
Hubbard has repeatedly told everyone that toys were used and the kids all had a blast playing pretend and dress-up, but the hate is still going to pile on; understandably, people have opinions. This kind of portrayal is not for everyone.
But enough of the negatives. Let’s talk about how bad-ass these kids look! Twenty-four children, all under the age of seven, were cast for the shoot, and every one of them — Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, Carol, Maggie, Sasha, Abraham, Morgan, Rosita, Tara and of course Negan — were spot-on.
Hubbard’s next project? A Walking Dead photoshoot consisting of healthy, elderly folks 65 and older. “If people don’t want to see kids playing with toys maybe they’d prefer grandma.”