Rihanna wore a gown with a transparent top to receive the Fashion Icon Award. Willis shopped in the East Village topless. Among what they were making a statement about was Instagram's policy of not allowing nude images. Here are some photos and the coverage in the New York Post.
The meme of bare breasts is so powerful because it is created out of youth and beauty. It could spread around the world. That would give Millennials a new confidence in their ability to change their local economies. Right now, globally young people, even those with several academic degrees, are without work.
When Baby Boomers were young and beautiful we leveraged long hair and flowers to overhaul social mores and, so we believe, end the war in Viet Nam. Those not young and beautiful, such as Lyndon Johnson, feared us.
My hunch is that the powers that be at Instagram are cowering in their puritanical bunker. When they change their policy, for a while they will be branded with a Scarlet Letter in Reverse.