Chelsea Handler Posts Topless Photo to Instagram to Battle Sexism

Comedian posts Vladimir Putin parody photo three different times, calling its repeated removal by Instagram sexist

Comedian Chelsea Handler
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Chelsea Handler‘s Instagram page got very interesting on Thursday night. The comedian posted a side-by-side photo of her topless in a parody of Vladimir Putin’s famous shirtless horse riding photo next to the original. Within 20 minutes, the image was taken down.

But that didn’t stop Handler, who reposted it two more times. The second time the picture went up with the caption, “Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body that Putin.”

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She then posted the message she got from Instagram, urging her to look at their Community Guidelines to see what’s allowed and “how you can keep Instagram safe.” She captioned this photo, “If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?”

For her third attempt to get the picture on Instagram, she wrote: “If Instagram takes this down again, you’re saying that Vladimir Putin has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses.”

The picture came down again.

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Below you can find the only remaining evidence of Handler’s Thursday night escapades on Instagram, the warning they sent her. While her Putin parody image didn’t last long on Instagram, this is the Internet, so of course it lives on virtually everywhere else.

By Friday, she switched social media outlets, and swapped the horse for her dogs. “You can now find my dogs and my breasts on Twitter only where my followers have the right to choose,” she wrote, with a photo of her (topless) pups in Halloween costumes.

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If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?

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