Performance artist Amber Hawk Swanson has a sex doll replica of herself. Her silicone clone companion has been with her everywhere, so you know that its triumphant, Ustream-ed transformation from a fuck doll into a likeness of a bull ocra killerwhale was a big deal.

The performance was crashed two hours in when Ustream pulled the plug for “violating terms of service.” Then it gets weird.

“After thoroughly cleaning my doll’s body with 99% rubbing alcohol — just as I began to slice into her silicone skin — my viewers informed me that their connections were interrupted,” Swanson recalls.

The weird part is that Ustream’s nudity ban applies to inanimate objects and works of art, not just human flesh:

Unfortunately, it does not matter that the doll is not a real nude person. We do not allow nudity of any kind to be broadcast on our site. This includes artistic works, medical streams, sex toys and silicone dolls. The fact that this doll is anatomically correct places it in the category of nudity and is a violation of our terms of service. Our site has an age limit of 13, so we cannot be as objective as one might hope. No warnings are given because it is expected that users understand these terms before broadcasting.

“Artistic works,” ey? How strict is this policy? How about a classical period paintings with some rubenesque rump? How about a crude titty doodle? Sounds complicated. Let the policy hounds figure it out.

There’s an hour long snippet of the offending material.

To further explore ideas surrounding the substitute, my current work with Amber Doll involves transforming her severely damaged silicone flesh, PVC skeleton, and steel-infused joints into a small replica of the bull orca, Tilikum, who lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando and has been involved in the deaths of three people. Tilikum most recently made headlines after a February 24, 2010 incident when he killed Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer with sixteen years of experience at SeaWorld. Tilikum drowned Brancheau following a popular “Dine with Shamu” show while tourists continued to watch from above and below the tank.

(Story: Hyperallergic)