What started simply as a campaign to give women equal rights to go topless in public has now been made into a feature film. Directed by photographer and actress Lina Esco (who also stars in the film), Free the Nipple “explores the contradictions in our media-dominated society, where acts of violence and killing are glorified, while images of a woman’s body are censored.” Two days ago, one of the campaign’s supporters Miley Cyrus recorded a cover of Melanie Safka’s track “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” for the soundtrack.
In the US alone, women’s freedom to show their breasts in public is controlled by the FCC and MPAA. It is illegal to be breastfeeding topless in 35 states. In Louisiana, an exposed nipple can land you in jail for three years and/or with a fine of $2,500. Facebook will take down any pic of a topless woman. And we all remember the outrage and scrutiny that erupted when Janet Jackson had that famous “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl.
Inspired by true events, the film follows a group of young women who take on the streets of New York topless (and in pink face masks à la Pussy Riot) to protest the archaic censorship laws in the US. Activists Liv and With perform public stunts and stage graffiti installations, armed with Fifth Amendment lawyers. The film ultimately asks: What is more obscene: violence or a nipple?
The film is released in cinemas on December 12. Watch the trailer below in the meantime. We can’t wait!
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