How Amber Heard Used ‘Aquaman’ Co-Star Jason Momoa to Call Out Nudity Double Standard

Amber Heard is using her platform to make a pivotal point about standards when it comes to nudity on social media. To help illustrate the problem, she used her Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa as an example.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard at the 'Aquaman' premiere
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard | Presley Ann/FilmMagic

Amber Heard shares photo on Instagram from a shoot

Back in September, when she did a shoot for Interview, Heard posted a photo from it on Instagram. Wearing a blazer with nothing underneath it, the photo showed one of her nipples in plain view.

However, Instagram decided to block the photo because her nipple was exposed. Coincidentally, in Heard’s feature with Interview, she talked about the use of social media and protecting herself.

“It’s a weird thing for an artist to do, especially one from my generation who didn’t necessarily grow up with social media. I’ve only had social media for two years. When you’re in the public eye, you become used to being fiercely protective of your image and your private life, and protecting that from being used against your best interest. And that creates a relationship with privacy and having to fight for said privacy. I think that’s why people are sometimes reluctant to join social media. But I have to say that since being a part of it, I realize that for all those years I missed out, I was just one of the only people not weighing in on my life,” she said.

Amber Heard
Amber Heard | LUCAS BARIOULET/AFP/Getty Images

Amber Heard makes a point by using Jason Momoa

To point out the double standard between men’s nipples being shown versus women, Heard posted a photo from her Interview shoot with Momoa’s body and face photoshopped on the picture.

The post reads, “In honor of IG’s rigorous and equitable Community Guidelines against showing the Female nipple ..and since mine enjoyed the brief privilege that’s afforded to my male counterparts.. I decided to pay homage by replacing it with a picture that DID meet IG’s strict nudity guidelines and such careful gender policies.”

What Instagram’s community guidelines say about nudity

Instagram’s community guidelines read, “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 of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”

Back in 2015, Instagram’s CEO placed the blame on Apple for them having to censor women’s nipples. At the time, Kevin Systrom said that not banning them could cause the app to get removed from the App Store.

Perhaps, the point Heard just proved could cause Instagram to reevaluate their community guidelines.