On March 12, we reported on a situation where an artist had alleged that they were in contact with Patreon staff and that they were told Patreon would be banning anime style content creators.
“Basically all Japanese styles can be said to be out.”
Along with our coverage, other outlets also reported on this situation.
In a short period of time, Patreon seemed to become aware of the coverage and has now issued a statement;
We'd like to clarify a recent rumor about our guidelines. We do not limit any specific style (like anime) of art. But our guidelines do not allow sexualized depictions of minors. If you have questions or want clarification, you can always reach our team at email@example.com.
— Patreon (@Patreon) March 13, 2020
I had even said in my original report that I had hoped it was simply a miscommunication between the artist and the alleged Patreon staff they were in contact with.
Still, the situation seems potentially problematic as part of the alleged discourse that occurred was regarding how Patreon would define “depictions of minors”.
As the artist alleged Patreon would claim “basically all Japanese styles” would be considered minors, another artist seemed to back this up.
At this point there is a lot of hearsay.
I think all we can really do is wait and see if more artists who create anime content get banned from Patreon simply for doing such. Or not.
Stay tuned for further updates.