29 May 2014 by

Scout Willis Responds To Instagram Ban By Going Topless On The Streets Of New York

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Scout on the right with sister Rumer Willis {Getty}

“Legal in NYC but not on @instagram” this was the tweet posted by Scout Willis yesterday as she strolled semi- naked around the streets of New York.   

The 22-year-old then took to twitter posting a flurry of tweets about her one-woman, topless protest after Instagram shut down her account for ‘violating community guidelines

Her violation? Showing her nipples. The daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore challenged the platform for removing her photographs and then closing her account by suggesting that if her photos where of 'beautiful, artistic nudes' they probably would have stayed put.

Just a quick glance at her twitter feed and you can see, she has a point. The stunt drummed up a flurry of supporters all tweeting their experience to the hashtag #FreeTheNipple arguing that images of breastfeeding and snaps where they are voluntarily showing their nipples results in a ban but confusingly images like the below, aren’t going against the insta-ethics

One tweeter also joinded the conversation and slammed Instagram for removing a post about her cervical cancer. 

Confused? Us too. 

This isn’t the first time the platform has faced controversy over what they deem to be acceptable. Rihanna was also recently banned after uploading semi-nude photographs and the removal of user Megan Jones’s bum selfie forced instagram to apologise after she accused them of having double standards in regards to curvier women.

Instagram responded to Jones saying 'Our guidelines put limitations on nudity and mature content, but we recognize that we don’t always get it right. In this case, we made a mistake and have since restored the content.' 

Although public nudity of any form may be offensive to some, Willis summarised her own actions saying 'My comfort with my body should not be dictated by how others perceive me. However, I don't wish to force this view on anyone.'

So, what do you think? Should social networks be a nipple free zone or should we get behind Willis and #FreeTheNipple?

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