Anything a man can do, a woman can too right? Well not on Instagram. Comedianne Chelsea Handler has quit the photo-sharing site today after they deleted a picture from her account, because she was topless.
It’s not the first time Instagram’s nudity policy has been called into question. Rihanna compeletly left the site after they continually deleted her racy images and there’s been an ongoing battle over the right to post breast feeding images.This time mouthy comedianne Chelsea got pretty annoyed after a comparison picture of herself and Vladamir Putin, with both of them topless was removed. Alongside the original image Handler: “Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better #kremlin.”
We’re pretty sure it was meant to be a joke aimed at the Russian leader, but Handler’s boob flashing soon turned into a whole other issue after Instagram removed the image due to it’s so-called graphic content.
Chelsea Handler (Twitter/ChelseaHandler)
Not according to Instagram, who took down the image. Handler then posted the picture to Twitter along with a message, making her disgust at Instagram’s policy pretty clear. She wrote: “Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin.”
She tried several times to re-post the image, until she was sent a warning by Instagram, which she also posted.”If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?”
Following the debacle, Handler quit Instagram in favour of Twitter, she wrote: “You can now find my dogs and my breasts on Twitter only where my followers have the right to choose what they say. Bye bye instablock.”
Chandler joins a long list of women, including celebrities, who’ve had their photos deemed too graphic to appear on Instagram, despite similar images of men deemed unoffensive. The campaign for equality when it comes to sharing images, is being led by the #FreeTheNipple campaign. Cara Delevingne and Scout Willis are amongst those who are vocal supporters of the movement, with Scout even walking through New York topless to prove that the censorship campaign had no place in an equal world.