Aquaman star Amber Heard is done with sexist policies on Instagram and other social media.
Last month, Heard posted a photo from a magazine photo shoot to her Instagram account.
Except in her version, there was no heart emoji covering her nipple.
The image was promptly removed by Instagram for violation of its nudity guidelines.
Here is the censored version.
Heard, outraged at the double standard she was being subjected to, posted the same image again, but with Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa’s face (and nipple) photoshopped onto her own.
This time, the photo was deemed acceptable by Instagram.
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In honor of IG’s rigorous and equitable Community Guidelines against showing the Female nipple ..and since mine enjoyed the brief privilege that’s afforded to my male counterparts.. I decided to pay homage by replacing it with a picture that DID meet IG’s strict nudity guidelines and such careful gender policies. See my stories to vote on which edit you prefer the most ..and thank you IG, here’s to 2019!
Heard wrote in the caption:
“In honor of IG’s rigorous and equitable Community Guidelines against showing the Female nipple ..and since mine enjoyed the brief privilege that’s afforded to my male counterparts.. I decided to pay homage by replacing it with a picture that DID meet IG’s strict nudity guidelines and such careful gender policies.”
“See my stories to vote on which edit you prefer the most ..and thank you IG, here’s to 2019!”
The star then let fans vote on which photo they preferred and spread the hashtag #FreeTheNipple.
In the Instagram comments, Heard apologized to Momoa with a tongue in cheek.
“Love you AquaHubbs! Sorry to use your pecs to make a point!”
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) October 22, 2019
Meanwhile, many people on social media were rallying behind Heard, believing she made a good point.
That edit is hilarious…
And yeah…Instagram sucks!
Can't believe they're more worried about someone's nipples than bullies harassing people, because they don't ban any of that ????
— STIRGUS SACCHETTI (@stirgussa) October 22, 2019
I actually just read an article that Amber Heard had a photo taken down and she posted one that was more revealing of Jason Momoa which didn't — so there are even celebrities starting to point out how misogynistic the platform seems.
— Ava (@AvaAdornments) October 22, 2019
#FreeTheNipple has the ring of a classic hashtag.
— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) October 22, 2019
Go, girl. If dudes can show their nips, so can the gals. Let's unite as genders on this one (unmentioned genders included).
— Jake Akex (@JakeAkex) October 22, 2019
If men can show their nipples in public, there’s no reason women should not be able to as well. It’s time online platforms like Instagram stop enforcing clear double standards like this one.
Breasts are not genitals.
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