Update: Madonna has deleted her Instagram and shared a brief apology with her fans.
“I realise that not all of my posts were appropriate and I will work to be more mindful in the future,” she wrote. “Also I am sorry for any offense my posts may have caused by my intention to promote peace. If I can affect people in a positive way then that’s what I am all about. Peace out.”
Although Madonna deleted her Instagram account and issued a statement, the controversy surrounding her pictures continues to swirl around.
Before her Facebook account was deactivated for the second time this month, Madonna apologized for posting a nude picture of herself in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and listed all the places where her boobs are covered and cover others. But the problems didn’t end there — she also used her account to call out Instagram for “bias,” taking issue with its new anti-nipple policy.
“People think I sit and just take pictures all day,” Madonna wrote on Instagram, “but what they don’t realize is I’m an activist and feminist who was created to take risks. That’s why my nipples are always exposed I draw attention to issues I am passionate about.”
“(But) It’s 2018 and it’s a shame my nipples are still policed and policed so much. Guess they are family friendly when they’re in a G-string. .. My post from August was about intersectionality not about nudity,” Madonna continued. “… It was to draw attention to the fact that the world is governed by patriarchal ideas of gender and power. It was never about my nipples. It was for the men and women on their summer holidays with no bras and no shame.”
Madonna then called the Internet “a weapon of fear that seeks to divide us.”
“If you are disturbed by what I posted today on Instagram,” she concluded, “it’s because you were scared, that you want to be bossed around and that your ego needs to be stroked. I hope you feel free enough to express your thoughts.”
Why did Madonna go after Instagram’s new censorship policy? There’s a widespread perception that the social media platform’s sensitivity towards breastfeeding mirrors its overall political correctness. Many have pointed out that Instagram’s intent is to clamp down on nipple exposure in the name of posting safer content.
“They are giving moms a bad name here,” Heather Cox Richardson, an independent political commentator and author who is also an M.F.A. candidate in the Virginia House of Delegates, told The Post. “They need to get with the times and make this work for everyone.”
In October, the photo sharing platform began enforcing a new policy that bans “Photography that depicts or includes full nudity, including but not limited to paintings, sculptures, drawings, and illustrations.” Prior to that, Instagram adopted a policy that prohibited nudity only if it was intentionally included.
“Instagram’s new policy is hypocritical,” Linda Pellegrini, a friend of Madonna’s and the director of the breast cancer charity As You Wish, told Vanity Fair. “Our family is involved in my husband’s volunteer group, PAWS, so I think that’s just another example of moms not being included on this site.”
But it wasn’t just Madonna who complained about Instagram’s policy. Ann Coulter used the site to protest the policy just hours after it went into effect in October.
“You may have noticed that I am not showing my nipples in any of my photos,” Coulter wrote. “Seriously. I’m covered up. The new Instagram censorship policy is extremely confusing, confusing even to me. Can you not read a drawing of two people? Are you going to start censoring artistic drawings and paintings? This is insane. Really, let someone create a new policy, ANY new policy.”
Can you not read a drawing of two people? Are you going to start censoring artistic drawings and paintings? This is insane. Really, let someone create a new policy, ANY new policy. pic.twitter.com/wYQBpNGv7P — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 4, 2017