Why Is Chelsea Handler Boycotting Instagram?
It looks like Chelsea Handler is single-handedly reviving the #FreeTheNipple campaign. On Thursday, the comedian posted a topless photo on Instagram that showed her astride a horse, alongside an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin shirtless and on horseback as well.
"Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin," Handler wrote, insinuating inequality with Instagram's photo policies.
The photo was in fact found in violation of the community guidelines and quickly removed. Handler shared the violation screencap, writing "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's OK, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?"
Handler followed up her tirade by reposting the photo, seemingly in an attempt to allow Instagram to review its policies and let the photo stand.
"If instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin has more 1st amendment rights than me," the funnywoman wrote.
Unfortunately for Handler, the battle was lost again and Instagram removed the photo once more. The "Chelsea Lately" host decided to join the ranks of fed-up celebrities like Rihanna and boycott the social media service, posting a final photo of her dog and writing "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."
Rihanna deleted her @BadGalRiRi account back in May of this year and hasn't returned since. As of press time, Handler's account remains active and accessible.