Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee posted a frontal act on his Instagram feed on Thursday – in violation of the social media platform’s community standards. In the picture, Lee is completely naked with his penis fully exposed. It seems like he knew what he was doing — exposing himself without viewers’ consent — was wrong as he captioned the NSFW photo with a single word: “Ooooopppsss.” At least four hours later, the publicly posted remained D**k picture of the 59-year-old heavy metal rocker on his Instagram feed.
One of the drummer’s 1.5million followers took Lee to task for his gaffe in the comments of the scandalous Instagram post. “TOM YOU CAN’T POST THIS ON INSTAGRAM,” read one comment; “So we just pretend nothing happened huh,” added another. Lee eventually deleted the nude photo from his feed, according to Fox News.
Like many Instagram users, I was outraged. Not because nudity bothers me – but because the app continues to censor women’s nipples, while a white male celebrity is allowed to have his penis in the main feed for hours. Instagram says it allows photos of breastfeeding women to remain published on the app – but these community guidelines were only updated after photos of women breastfeeding their children were repeatedly removed as “inappropriate”.
Instagram also doesn’t allow photos of bare butts on the app, per its own policies, but Tommy Lee followed his d**k pic with a second post (which is still on his feed) of a naked man confronting an elephant and mooning the camera. At the time of writing, it had been posted for eight hours. All the interest may have been a PR ploy, as Lee has now posted a video of a concert b-roll to his Instagram feed (interestingly, with no caption).
Lee isn’t the first white male celebrity to get away with posting naked on the social media app. Justin Bieber posted a picture of his naked booty on Instagram in 2015. But usually when a user breaks Instagram, Meta penalizes them for a few days. I know this only too well.
I shared an Instagram post that I found uplifting that showed a curvy woman’s butt in a thong.
Contrary to the BBL surgically enhanced butts that have taken over social media, the woman in this picture had stretch marks and cellulite. On her skin was a quote about empowerment. I shared the image on my Instagram stories which automatically connected to my Facebook stories. The post was removed and I was banned from posting on Facebook Stories for several days for violating the community guidelines even though the person in the photo was wearing underwear. It wasn’t my body that was being censored, but I still felt terrible—as if bodies like mine were grotesque and deserved to be hidden, while thin, white bodies should be celebrated and put on display.
Then, in May of this year, Instagram censored my body. Months after I posted a photo of me in a swimming hole in Uruguay, sacred land for my Charrúa ancestors, Instagram removed the photo and warned me that if I started posting nudity again, I could lose my account. In the photo I was clearly wearing a black thong bikini and swimsuit top – I wasn’t naked.
I was advised that the post was removed for violating Instagram Rules and was told I had the opportunity to file a takedown complaint. I did so and the post was later reposted, so I can link back to it now. Strangely, Instagram then sent me a poll asking how I felt about my photo being removed. It made me feel inadequate, having my body considered problematic for the social media app – but of course ticking a box saying it wasn’t an option. The most strongly worded option I could choose was that I would “feel bad.”
Instagram: Women, especially women of color, hear you loud and clear.
Female bottoms in thongs and bare nipples are unacceptable, but the naked bodies of male musicians dodge the rules for hours.
https://www.independent.ie/life/why-when-tommy-lee-posts-a-full-frontal-nude-is-it-less-offensive-to-instagram-than-my-curves-in-a-bikini-41906877.html Why is Tommy Lee posting a frontal nude less offensive to Instagram than my curves in a bikini?