Chelsea Handler is saying “Adios” to Instagram after a topless pic making fun of Vladimir Putin was removed from her account.
The author-comedienne, who can be seen in the special Uganda Be Kidding Me on Netflix, bid farewell with one final post on Halloween night.
The post was of her two dogs in party garb and had the following 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”
The initial post that targeted Putin pointed out that “Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better.”
This was accompanied by an image of Chelsea Handler topless and on horseback side-by-side with the now infamous topless picture of Vladimir Putin on horseback.
Instagram blocked the photo almost immediately and reminded Handler that their community “is a diverse one.”
“Remember that our community is a diverse one, and that your posts are visible to people as young as 13 years old,” the guidelines read. “While we respect the artistic integrity of photos and videos, we have to keep our product and the content within it in line with our App Store’s rating for nudity and mature content. In other words, please do not post nudity or mature content of any kind.”
This did not sit well with Chelsea, who pointed out that it was okay for men to show their nipples but it wasn’t for women.
“Taking this down is sexist,” Handler wrote. “I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin.”
She then promptly reposted the image with a warning.
“If Instagram takes this down again, you’re saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than [me].”
It was removed again.
And that’s when Chelsea Handler informed her fans that they would no longer be able to catch her on the photo sharing social network.
While it’s easy to see Handler’s point in taking and posting the picture — shown censored above — she is fighting a couple of hundred years worth of American taboo.
While there probably is a double-standard at work here, it’s hard to fault Instagram for trying to keep their users happy and stay out of trouble.
But what do you think, readers? Should Chelsea Handler or any woman be allowed to show her breasts on Instagram without fear of the photo being censored?