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Tommy Lee Nude Photo Sparks Censorship Debate on Instagram

Rocker Tommy Lee posted a full-frontal nude photo to Instagram and Facebook early Thursday that he cheekily captioned “Ooooopppsss.”

But clearly, the appearance of the graphic photo was not a mistake. And while the penis photo has since been removed from platforms, the Mötley Crüe rocker sparked a debate over social media sites’ community guidelines, citing a double standard in which Instagram censored his image differently than others. .

news week reported that the image, which showed the heavily tattooed musician nude while sitting on the edge of a bathtub, was on for about four hours, “an unbelievable amount of time”, according to one. Twitter Username.

It’s unclear if Lee removed the image or if Instagram and Facebook took action on the account. Representatives for Meta, the platforms’ parent company, did not immediately respond Thursday to requests for comment from The Times.

Before the photo was removed, Lee’s wife, Brittany Furlan, commented on the image with “OH MY GOD,” and dating app Grindr replied, “Wrong app, babe,” according to TMZ.

The 59-year-old drummer also posted a couple of irreverent, phallic themed photos before and after the nude when it became a hot topic on the internet.

Lee is no stranger to nude scandals. The rocker made headlines in the 1990s for his infamous sex tape scandal with his ex-wife Pamela Anderson, which inspired this year’s Hulu series “Pam & Tommy.” Although he has yet to publicly respond to the latest controversy, commenters were quick to start the conversation. Many questioned why he posted the photo, while others wondered why. the platforms ignored it for a long time

“We know there are times when people may want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram.” The extensive guidelines of the Instagram community state, citing the posting of appropriate content for diverse audiences (a theme that came up repeatedly during the boisterous 2019 Debate “Free the nipple”).

“This includes photos, videos, and some digitally created content that depicts completely nude intercourse, genitalia, and buttock close-ups,” the guidelines say. “It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos in the context of lactation, childbirth and moments after childbirth, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or confirmation surgery of gender) or an act of protest is permitted. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is also fine.”

That said, users still make their feelings known about Lee’s most recent photos and on Twitter.

“Instagram guidelines said idgaf today,” one user wrote.

“So let’s pretend like nothing happened huh,” added another.

“Following tommy lee on instagram is interesting enough but sigh. that was traumatizing. How come he’s still up, wrote one Twitter user who posted a meme of a person washing their eyes with bleach.

“So Tommy Lee can post a pic of his dick on @instagram that is still posted 3 hours later but a pic of my curvy booty in a thong bikini gets deleted? cool cool,” tweeted the journalist Lola Méndez.


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