Tommy Lee’s nude picture sparks Instagram censorship debate

Rocker Tommy Lee posted a full-frontal nude picture on Instagram and Fb early Thursday that he cheekily captioned with “Ooooopppsss.”

However clearly, the graphic picture’s look was no mistake. And whereas the penis pic has since been faraway from the platforms, the Mötley Crüe rocker sparked a debate concerning the social media websites’ neighborhood tips, citing a double normal in that Instagram censored his picture in another way from others.

Newsweek reported that the picture, which confirmed the closely tatted musician bare whereas sitting on the sting of a bath, was up for about 4 hours — “an insane amount of time,” in response to one Twitter person.

It’s unclear whether or not Lee eliminated the picture or if Instagram and Fb took motion on the account. Representatives for Meta, the platforms’ dad or mum firm, didn’t instantly reply Thursday to The Occasions’ requests for remark.

Earlier than the picture was eliminated, Lee’s spouse, Brittany Furlan, commented on the image with “OH MY GOD,” and the courting app Grindr responded with, “Wrong app, babe,” in response to TMZ.

The 59-year-old drummer additionally posted a pair of irreverent, phallic-themed images earlier than and after the nude one as he grew to become a trending matter throughout the web.

Lee isn’t any stranger to nude scandals. The rocker made headlines within the Nineteen Nineties for his notorious intercourse tape scandal with ex-wife Pamela Anderson, which impressed this yr’s Hulu collection “Pam & Tommy.” Though he hasn’t but publicly responded to the most recent controversy, commenters had been fast to get the dialog going. Many questioned why he posted the picture, whereas others puzzled why the platforms ignored it for thus lengthy.

“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,” Instagram’s prolonged neighborhood tips state, citing the posting of content material applicable for various audiences (a subject that got here up repeatedly throughout 2019’s boisterous “Free the Nipple” debate).

“This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks,” the rules say. “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.”

That being mentioned, customers nonetheless let their emotions be identified about Lee’s most up-to-date images and on Twitter.

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

“So we just gon pretend nothing happened huh,” added one other.

“following tommy lee on instagram is interesting enough but i- sigh. that was traumatizing. how is it still up,” wrote a Twitter person who posted a meme of an individual washing their eyes out with bleach.

“So Tommy Lee can post a picture of his penis on @instagram that’s still up three hours later but a picture of my curvy booty in a thong bikini gets taken down? Cool, cool,” tweeted journalist Lola Méndez.