Brace yourselves, you’re about to witness some too-hot-for-Instagram frosting action!
Jennifer Moseley, Executive Pastry Chef at The Modern Pantry in London, baked a traditional Simnel cake for Easter and unintentionally whipped up heaps of trouble for her mom. The Simnel cake dates back to medieval times, according to Wikipedia, and is a fruit cake decorated with eleven or twelve dollops of marzipan to represent the disciples on the Christian religious holiday of Easter. But that’s not why Instagram had an issue with it!
Jennifer’s mother, Sue Moseley, was so proud of her daughter’s culinary prowess, she snapped a photo of the cake and uploaded it to her Instagram. The next time Sue tried to log in to her Instagram account, she discovered it had been disabled for violating Instagram’s terms. Sue’s other daughter, Fiona, told Mashable that her mother sent an email to appeal the decision. "My Mum was really sad about it as she has lost all her Instagram photos and her account. She’s the loveliest person and only posts photos of her family, holidays and food and for that they’ve suspended her,” Fiona explained. She took her mom's cause to her own social media accounts, posting her mother’s photo to Twitter, incredulous that Instagram could have mistaken it for a bare breast:
Instagram reinstated Sue Moseley’s account shortly thereafter, issuing an apology for the misunderstanding.
Was it merely the suggestion of nipple that triggered the response from Instagram? Do they have some sort of advanced “nipple-recognition software” they use to flag accounts? Did their technology suffer a temporary lapse of nipple-judgement? I’m not sure, but I do know that the hashtag “#boobcake” has over 4.5K posts, many of them with bare frosting nipples on obvious display:
So why did Jennifer’s cake get censored, but not any of these?
Why are we so freaked out by nipples anyway?
And is anyone else hungry for fondant right now? Just me?
Jennifer, your cake is lovely. Fiona, thanks for bringing this injustice to our attention. Sue, we hope you’ll keep posting cake pics on Instagram and stickin’ it to the man.
And ladies, if your boob has twelve prominent marzipan-shaped lumps on it, you should probably see your doctor about that.
Bustier cake image via Pompea La Venere in Instagram
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