In the early hours of Thursday morning, Mötley Crüe drummer Lee posted a full body shot of himself which included his genitals, and the rocker quickly became a trending topic across social media. While many expressed shock at the picture, others were quick to point out that female bodies are often removed by Instagram, with many sharing their own experiences of censorship.
At the time of writing, Lee’s Instagram post was still live, alongside the caption “Ooooopppsss.” Lee also posted two other pictures around the same time that alluded to phallic themes. Thousands of people, including Lee’s wife Brittany Furlan, commented on the image.
While the image itself became a talking point, Lee’s post raised further questions about what breaks Instagram’s community guidelines. On the topic of nudity posted to their social media platform, Instagram states:
“We know that there are times when people might 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. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos in the context of breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK too.”