There have been several incidents where people have had their topless photos removed from Instagram because of the platform's policies against nudity. Celebrities including Cara Delevingne, Scout Wilson, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Willow Smith, and Chelsea Handler have protested the sexist rule on social media and in the real world as a part of the #FreetheNipple campaign, but so far no changes have been made in terms of ending breast censorship in the United States.
Instagram may have fanned the flames recently when, according to ANIMAL, they decided to remove a post by Brooklyn-based artist Tara McPherson that included cartoon breasts. The painting is titled An Interruption of Blood and it was painted for the "20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz" exhibition that opened in Los Angeles last week. Like many of McPherson's paintings, the piece features a woman with exposed breasts that are undeniably cartoon and not at all photorealistic, so it's a mystery why Instagram would choose to delete the image.
The social media platform did apologize for removing the photo and it has since been reposted, but we're sure that it won't be the last time. Celebrities on the street, breastfeeding mothers, cartoon boobs...soon you will have to blur your female dog's nipples before sharing it on the 'gram.