Scout Willis says topless protest is for women empowerment

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E) – Scout Willis, daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has taken her protest against Instagram’s policy on nudity to the streets, roaming around Manhattan without any top, saying it is for women empowerment.

Wearing only a floral skirt and flats, the 22-year-old Willis, who has deactivated her Instagram account, walked around the streets of New York on Tuesday and afterwards shared photos of her tour on Twitter.

“Legal in NYC but not on @instagram,” she wrote, and alongside another topless photo, added, “What @instagram won’t let you see. #FreeTheNipple”

Her protest takes root after Instagram deleted a photo she posted showing a jacket featuring two women with bare chests. The online photo-sharing platform, according to its policies, does not allow “violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content.”

Willis wrote on May 20, “Why does @instagram allow photos of heroin being used but deletes a photo of a print of some smoke shows without tops on???”

At one point, she added, “Thinking of starting a new Instagram account as an experiment. Only beautiful, artistic nudes. And let’s see how long till I get kicked off.”

On Thursday, following the outpour of support from friends and netizen alike, Willis wrote, “Now that every1 is listening, let’s talk about root of what is happening here, stop sensationalizing and talk about what’s really at stake.”

“It’s so much bigger than @instagram,” she continued “This is about helping women feel empowered to make personal choices about their bodies not dictated by what society says is decent.”

Meanwhile, given that Willis could not please everybody with her cause, she addressed her critics, “I am sorry if you feel that way. I feel very empowered and brave though, not exploited. People have been incredibly supportive.”

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