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Scout Willis is pissed off with Instagram and isn’t afraid to show it. Literally.
The 22-year-old love child of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore recently took to the streets of NYC wearing nothing but a floral maxi skirt in a bid to protest Instagram’s anti-nudity policy.
The passionate act came about after her account was suspended from posting a photo of a sweatshirt with two topless women on it. Her new cyber movement, known as #FreeTheNipple, is gaining controversial momentum and has been endorsed by females across the globe, from celebrities like Miley Cyrus to breastfeeding mothers who are all asking the same question: is it time to end the stigma against the female nipple?
Thanks to the crusade, Facebook has made changes to their policy to allow nipples; a small victory for mothers who have had pictures removed and accounts deactivated for posting innocent pictures of nursing their infants.
The same can’t be said for Instagram whose policy states: “You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.”
Willis released a statement confirming the idea did not stem from a feminist movement, but is simply “about helping women feel empowered to make personal choices about their bodies not dictated by what society says is decent.”
Earlier this year a video featuring strangers kissing for the first time made its rounds on the Internet, racking up over 85 million views. Now three months later, The Slap has taken its place. The latest parody by American screenwriter Max Landis shows strangers slapping each other for the first time. Some strangers were keen to get onboard, accidentally hitting too hard, while others were hesitant to hit at all.
The video has received nearly six million hits in under a week.
The video was uploaded on YouTube on June 26, 2014, it discusses the use of the term “like a girl” as an insult.
The video compared adolescent individuals on their perception of what “like a girl” means to what a young child perceived. The older teens portrayed “you throw like a girl” as weak and feeble, whereas the young’ns perceived it as strong and athletic. “Why can’t run like a girl also mean win the race?” The hashtag #likeagirl was trending worldwide on Twitter and the video has reached over 16 million views.
Watch the inspiring video below:
When it comes to what’s trending in Australia, pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer always seem to be at the top of the list, and it’s no different today.
The hashtag #5sosAmnesiaLyricVideo has been trending Australia wide today, with the popular band 5 Seconds of Summer releasing the lyric video for their new single Amnesia on Vevo’s official website.
5 Seconds of Summer are set to release their debut album on July 22, 2014 and currently have 3.47 million followers on Twitter.
Watch the new video below:
— Lucy Washington and Kayla Burke
Top image from Maria Elena’s Flickr photostream.