Picture this, a plus-size fashion blogger posts a snap to Instagram of her and two friends in bikinis one day, but by the next day, it's gone.
The photo wasn't tasteless or controversial or pornographic, but it was flagged by someone (or several people) and the photo sharing site took it down without explanation.
"It's very clear that the image was flagged because people are still uncomfortable and hateful of fat bodies," Aarti Olivia Dubey told Us Weekly of her photo.
Not one to simply accept this, Aarti reposted the same shot the next day with a message to the haters.
"THIS is the image that was reported by fat shamers and trolls, and YOU deleted it. HOW is this image being hateful, hurtful, abusive, trolling or obscene?" she wrote. "Do 3 fat girls in swimsuits equate to gore, porn, racism, sexism? Or is it that people only want to see slim girls in swimsuits?"
She contained to lash out at the social media platform for the picture removal. Then fans supported her in the bikini hoopla by creating cartoon versions of the infamous pic.
Two weeks later, Instagram sent the blogger a letter of apology, stating. "A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Instagram. This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for the error."
Aarti was only partially willing to accept this response. She posted the letter to Instagram and commented, "Dear @instagram this is a little too late after I had to deal with all the bloody trolls and haters last week. It's almost TWO weeks. So I accept your apology Instagram but it does not change a thing. You have placed the image back but at what cost?
"Please remember that if this ever happens again, I assure you it will be a battle cry I will announce because You are answerable to ALL of my plus size friends for removing their images or accounts on Instagram or Facebook. Check your latent fatphobia. Check your guidelines and policies. Take better care of the people who use your services as a means of staying connected to oceans of people who just want to exist as people. Fat, brown, lgbt, disabled and many other intersections deserve RESPECT and not to be trolled by anonymous private accounts with no life."
She signed her note, "Sincerely, a fat brown woman."
You go girl!
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