What I Read This Week- Chelsea Handler calls Instagram sexist for taking down her topless photo

For years audiences have enjoyed the, often crude, humor of comedian Chelsea Handler. Recently she posted a topless picture mocking Russian president Vladimir Putin. Just minutes after posting the picture Instagram workers deleted it stating Handler violated their terms and conditions. She responded by stating Instagram is sexist and shortly after deleted her account with them.

calm down

While I do agree that men and women should have equal rights, I think Handler made one mistake in her fight with Instagram. She stated that her first amendment rights were violated however the First Amendment doesn’t state you can say anything you want to say. The 1st Amendment protects you from your government censoring you. Unfortunately Facebook owns Instagram, not the American government.

A woman should have the right to choose how she represents her body — and should make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. Handler personally stated what she is doing is NOT arguing woman’s rights but she is arguing the cites censorship of what she is allowed to post on their site which they have rules and policies in place that she agreed to when she registered to be on the site. My advice to her as well as anyone else who has been censored by any social network should read their terms and conditions before creating a profile. There shouldn’t be anything wrong with women showing a part of their body, but there is nothing illegal about what Instagram is doing. They are a private company who has their own guidelines, therefore, they can do what they want. The 1st Amendment protects you from the government not from private companies.

5 thoughts on “What I Read This Week- Chelsea Handler calls Instagram sexist for taking down her topless photo

  1. Hey Danielle, I liked your post. It was short and straight to the point. I like how you stated the facts and also included your opinion. I would add a video and more links and maybe another picture.

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  2. Hi Danielle, I too had seen this article and almost wrote about it. I like how you thoroughly explained the law. I also enjoyed the image, it fit perfectly into the piece. I would have liked more hyperlinks though.


  3. Hey Danielle, great post! The picture use you used was very funny too. Nice research and application of the proper way to claim the 1st Amendment. You hit the nail on the head with this one, though you could have elaborated more, we got the gist of it, nice work!

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  4. Hey Danielle- I like the pictures you chose and I like that you gave us your opinion on it. This is a cool topic but I don’t see a link to the “what you read” article about it. There’s a ton of articles online related to this right now so you could definitely find some to incorporate into the post.


  5. LMAO!!! Totally funny pictures that absolutely applied to your post. Good point with the first amendment. I actually was unaware of that and looked it up myself and not like you already don’t know but here is the link to what I found too: http://www.firstamendment.com/first-amendment/. Shame she deleted her account as she is a funny person but shame on Instagram for not letting her express herself freely. But if that’s what they had in their terms & conditions than she should have followed it. Freedom of speech and expression sure. But I guess she will just have to take it somewhere else online where she can do it without censorship and violating someone else’s terms & conditions. Great post. Never had one yet this semester that intrigued me so much that I went beyond to look for more information on the matter other than the links to the original story and others as well as opinions already provided. 😀


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