Chelsea Handler has joined the ranks of celebrity women advocating for the feminine body to be celebrated. The comedienne has quit Instagram after the social media site removed a picture of Handler riding a horse without a top on, in order to mock Russian president Vladimir Putin’s famous picture of the same content.
Handler posted the picture with the caption, "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better #kremlin," moments before the picture was removed by Instagram.
Handler tried again posting the same photo, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove that I have a better body than Putin."
After two failed attempts with "Instablock," the former talk-show host shared the notice they sent her, "We removed your post because it doesn’t follow our Community Guidelines. Please read our Community Guidelines to learn what kind of posts are allowed and how you can keep Instagram safe."
Agitated Handle accompanied the notice with commentary, "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?"
Handler signed off of Instagram for good by posting a picture of her dogs with the caption, "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."
Instagram has scolded other celebrities including Rihanna and Jaime King for sharing photos of their nipples. Rihanna’s account was suspended after continuously posting scandalous pictures, one of which was her Lui magazine cover in which she was completely topless.
The Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King was under scrutiny when sharing pictures of her breastfeeding son James Knight back in June. King fought back arguing Handler’s similar point that while men’s nipples are deemed Instagram-appropriate, women’s nipples are off limits.
The photo-sharing site has scolded women, including many celebrities, who have shared their topless photos on Instagram either in artistic or naturally maternal way and it looks like enough is enough.
Censorship is not enforced on Twitter, which is currently serving as a better avenue for those who wish to fearlessly share their most intimate moments with their followers.