NEW YORKERS! Don’t be surprised if you see Scout Willis walking around your great with her tits out. Instead, you should take your top off and join her fight against Instagram’s ludicrous “no nipple policy”. Let’s review what happened.
It started over a week ago, when Scout posted a photo to Instagram on May 20th, of a sweater featuring to sexy ladies topless. Of course, it was deleted off Instagram, so she turned to Twitter to share her sweater:
Then she asked this very important question:
And Instagram, being the monolithic, nudity-hating monster that it is promptly deleted Scout Willis’s account. Because if there’s anything Instagram hates more than full-frontal nudity (nipples in particular), it’s people asking questions about their ultimate authority. Check out Scout Willis’s reaction to her Instagram account getting deleted:
Which raises an excellent point…HOW DARE INSTAGRAM DELETE RIHANNA’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT? Badgalriri was by far the best thing about Instagram, and she shares a pic of her nipples and they take her Instagram away from us? How else are we supposed to know what tropical beach Rihanna may or may not be twerking on? Or what clubs she might be grinding up on fools at? It’s just not fair. Sure, it’s been reinstated, but it will never be the same.
Scout would rejoin Instagram on the 26th, posting only artistic nudes to see how long it would take to have her banned. Instagram banned Scout Willis’s new, artistic nudes-only Instagram account in less than 24 hours.
Now, Scout Willis is busy pointing out the hypocrisy of Instagram’s anti-nipple policy, namely that women can legally walk around topless in the streets of New York City (thereby solidifying itself as the world’s greatest city) but they can’t share their topless pictures on Instagram.
Ultimately, it’s not just an Instagram problem, but Western culture’s deep-rooted discomfort with nudity, sexuality and the human body. Lina Esco, director of the Free The Niple documentary, pointed out in a piece for The Huffington Post, ““Did you know an American [minor] sees over 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on TV before they turn 18 and not one nipple? Yet the FCC fines CBS $550,000 for Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction; which was covered by a metal ‘nipple shield’ if one looks at the footage.”
Maybe it’s just me, but for me, violence is worse than nipples. Nipples are dope. They keep us alive when we’re first born, and then you reach adulthood they’re fun to play with, suck on, tweak, pinch, whatever! Violence is straight lame. So why is it ok to show violence over nudity? Simply, it shouldn’t be. Rather than teach the future generation that violence is normal, acceptable even, is just not right. Why not let them know that they have no reason to be ashamed of their bodies?
All this to say, if you’re sick of how violence is perpetuated and nudity is frowned upon, join Scout Willis in walking around topless (if it’s legal in your city/country) and posting nudes on Instagram.