Madonna, 63, blasts Instagram for removing her nudes: 'Astonishing'

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Madonna has put Instagram on blast for removing a series of risqué nude snaps from her account.

On Wednesday, the 63-year-old posted a series of pics from a raunchy bedroom photoshoot in which she posed seductively while wearing leather lingerie, fishnets and a diamond cross necklace.

Madonna takes off her coat to reveal a black bodysuit and fishnet tights onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City
Madonna disrobed on stage at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12. Photo: Getty Images.

Madonna's nudes removed

In several photos, the material girl sported a peekaboo bra that was completely open at the front, leaving her nipples on display.

"Angel watching over me," she wrote in the caption in reference to a cherub figure hanging on the wall above the bed.

But the following day, the saucy shoot had been removed from Madonna's account, prompting her to re-post a censored version using love heart emojis to cover her chest.

In the caption, the pop superstar railed against Instagram's policy, saying thta the platform took down her post 'without warning or notification'.

"I’m reposting photographs Instagram took down without warning or notification… The reason they gave my management that does not handle my account was that a small portion of my nipple was exposed," she wrote.

"It is still astounding to me that we live in a culture that allows every inch of a woman’s body to be shown except a nipple. As if that is the only part of a woman’s anatomy that could be sexualized," she added.

Madonna went on to argue that women's nipples are used to breastfeed children, and wonder if men's nipples could also be perceived as 'erotic'.

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"And what about a woman’s ass which is never censored anywhere," she wrote.

Madonna praised her ability to 'maintain her sanity' despite facing 'censorship, sexism, ageism and misogyny' throughout her 40-year career.

She concluded her caption by highlighting the irony that her initial post was removed on Thanksgiving Day in the US, a day that has been criticised for glossing over the violent, colonial history behind it.

"Perfectly timed with the lies we have been raised to believe about the pilgrims peacefully breaking bread with the Native American Indians when they landed on Plymouth Rock! God bless America," she wrote.

Material girl backlash

Earlier this week, the singer was called out for exploiting artists for free labour, culturally appropriating braids and what some have called an attempt to glorify domestic violence.

In a thankyou post on Instagram for those who helped work on her collaboration with V Magazine, Madonna, who wore cornrows, stood alongside photographer Steven Klein who held a knife to her throat.

“Proud of my collaboration with @stevenkleinstudio For @vmagazine and knowing that against all odds and with very little support from non-artistic people who kept pushing back and the fact that we did it with almost zero budget, we were still able to make ART!” she wrote.

She continued: “Thanks to all who did support us and slept on couches and worked long hours and for free all to support madame X who is not only here to disturb the peace but to keep art alive I send you all a BIG kiss.”

It didn’t take long for people to call her out for seeming exploitation: “This image does more to damage and degrade and glorify violence towards women than celebrate art,” one commenter said.

“So tired of creatives and those who carry the arts on their backs being asked to do work for nothing but exposure or to add to their body work,” another added. “What the hell, Madge?”

Madonna wears a black robe, lace veil and silver crown at the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City
Madonna (pictured at the 2018 Met Gala) has railed against cancel culture. Photo: Getty Images.

'Gross and inappropriate'

In her interview with V Magazine, she spoke directly about cancel culture, saying that “no one’s allowed to speak their mind right now” out of fear of being cancelled.

“I believe that our job [as artists] is to disturb the status quo,” she said. “The censoring that's going on in the world right now, that's pretty frightening. No one's allowed to speak their mind right now. No one's allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled, cancel culture. In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason."

"The thing is the quieter you get, the more fearful you get, the more dangerous anything is," she added. "We're giving it power by shutting the f**k up completely."

Madonna was also criticised for the Steven Klein photoshoot which saw her lying face down on a mattress with her bottom exposed, while another shot showed prescription pill bottles on the nightstand.

Many fans on social media drew comparisons with police photos of Marilyn Monroe's death bed scene and called the shoot, "gross and inappropriate".

Additional reporting by David Artavia.

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