Way to go, Instagram. Yet again, the social network ruined the world just a little bit, this time by blocking Chelsea Handler from showing off her bare chest. Who in their right mind would ever do such a thing?
The comedienne decided to poke fun at the infamous photo of Vladimir Putin sans shirt riding a majestic horse by impeccably imitating it down to the exposed nipples. Well, Instagram was a little uncomfortable with Handler flaunting her breasts out in the open and promptly removed the photo. The TV personality commented on the incident on Twitter, stating, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin."
Handler then posted the shot once more, commenting, "If Instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses." Of course, Instagram took down the photo again. Apparently Handler's nipples are more offensive than Putin's… Go figure.
Handler went ahead and posted Instagram's reasoning for removing her topless photo on her account and is now opting to use Twitter only, since it has a more flexible content policy.
If you would like to see the original post, you can still view it on Handler's Twitter here. So, what is up with this? Women's breasts are not inappropriate; why can't they make an appearance on an Instagram account? Handler was not making some kind of sexual reference or doing anything intimate involving her chest; she was literally imitating a photo of a man doing the same thing. Removing Handler's photo insinuates there is either something wrong or innately sexual about a woman's chest — which is arguably sexist. If Handler can't ride a horse without a shirt on, then Instagram should take care to remove every photo of a man with his nipples showing on its social network. Please and thank you.
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