Chelsea Handler has been on a topless streak lately. The comedienne, who’s protesting Instagram’s rules against topless photos, was seen at Mardi Gras partying with her friends Sandra Bullock and Whitney Cummings. In the spirit of Mardi Gras, Chelsea Handler took to Twitter to post a topless picture of herself. Looking at the Mardi Gras beaded necklaces she was sporting, it looks like she already flashed her breasts several times in the evening (the beaded necklace is part of Mardi Gras tradition and is usually given to women who flash their breasts during the holiday).
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The photo, which Chelsea Handler posted on Monday night, was captioned “Merry Christmas.” Last Thursday, Chelsea Handler posted another topless picture of herself in a balcony. She posted the picture on Twitter, thanking the social networking site for allowing her to continue to post topless pictures of herself. Handler’s beef with Instagram began on October, 2014, after the site took down a photo of her riding topless on a horse alongside a similar picture of Vladimir Putin. The photo that was taken down was captioned, “Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better.”
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Instagram flagged Chelsea Handler’s photo, deeming it inappropriate and claiming that it violated the site’s Community Guidelines. Chelsea Handler rebelled by posting several topless pictures of herself, two of which were taken during a ski trip.
In an interview with Esquire earlier this month, Chelsea Handler talked about a recent topless photo she took in Israel.
“I just thought it was important to speak up for Israel and Palestine, and show that I think they can find peace. On top of a camel,” Chelsea Handler said.
“That’s what I really want to accomplish with these specials that I’m doing. You can talk about more important stuff without it being too serious. There’s a seriousness to it, of course, but I can educate myself and people who want to watch me without being heavy-handed. It’s like Learning for Dummies.”
Chelsea Handler added, “I’ve had a bunch already. I’ve done a series of them and I’ll continue to do them. And just find a creative way to cover up my private parts. It’s not a vagina. Yes, no one should show their vagina. But nipples? It’s ridiculous. You obviously can’t publish underage girls’ photos, but I’m in charge of what I want to do with my own body. People are following me because they want to see pictures of me. So why is Instagram editing them?”