NSFW: Topless Chelsea Handler Mocks Vladimir Putin To Make A Point About Sexism

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October 31, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Comedian Chelsea Handler on Thursday dared Instagram to remove topless photos of her posing on horseback, Vladimir Putin-style, to make a point about sexism.

Handler mimicked the Internet’s favorite photo of the macho Russian president riding a horse while shirtless and posted the shot with a message reading “Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin.” Instagram, which has a policy against nudity, removed the photo about 10 minutes after it was posted, according to Buzzfeed.

The comedian then posted a screenshot of the original photo to Twitter, writing “Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin.”

She then tried posting the photo again, writing “If instagram takes this down again, you’re saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses.”

Of course, the photo was scrubbed, and Handler shared a screenshot of the removal notice.

“If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?” she wrote.

If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?

A photo posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on

Here’s a screenshot of one of the Instagram posts:

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