So I was online a couple of weeks ago, I came across this story that I thought was amusing.
Scout Willis (22) posted pictures of herself on Twitter roaming New York’s streets topless after her Instagram account was suspended when she shared a photo featuring two semi-naked women.
Instagram responded in kind:
Instagram said its guidelines put “limitations on nudity and mature content” and photos removed usually follow complaints from other users. It said: “We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and keeping Instagram a fun and safe place.”
But Willis said: “No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.”
The silver lining in all of this is that though censored, it’s obvious that the Bruce Willis/Demi Moore gene pool is very rewarding. But saying even that, I could not help but eye roll at the latest attempt at self-expression and half-measured activism.
Not to put a finer point on the obvious, but Instagram is a private organization and can approve or disapprove of any photos that it wants. If Scout does not like this policy, she can post her endowments elsewhere. It’s the friggin Internet Scout?! Do you know how many online avenues are available to upload photos of your breasts?
Her statement that no woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body is asinine at best. Instagram is not taking a stance on the morality of nudity. It simply wants to put out a product that everyone can enjoy. It’s not about shame, it’s about taking your breasts elsewhere.
I am assuming that she got far more eye traffic from this little naked publicity stunt than she could have gotten on Instagram, so I do not know why she is complaining. You posted your boobs on Instagram; Instagram took them down; you whined; and you got more press. Congratulations!
At my age, I still puke in my mouth whenever I hear older people begin sentences like “You know… back in my day…” but there is something to be said about the wisdom of the ages and how in our current culture, celebrities and their children have run out of causes to champion.
I am reminded of another girl named Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the face by the Taliban because she’s a girl wanting to go to school. Guess what? She is now an activist fighting for a woman’s right to education. I am not saying that Scout needs to adopt a position like Malala’s but lets not lose sight of what it means to really stand up for a noble cause. From where Malala comes from, she is a rebel from the neck up. Scout’s latest foray in the spotlight shows that she’s only a rebel from the chest down.