Chelsea Handler makes a statement with topless photo

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Chelsea Handler makes a statement with topless photo

What started out as a funny joke is now turning into a mudslinging war of words.

Chelsea Handler spoofed an iconic photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin posing shirtless on top of a horse with a picture of herself topless on a horse along with the caption: "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin."

PHOTO: Chelsea Handler Poses Nude Like a 'Kardashian'

Instagram did take the photo down, as per their guidelines, prompting this response from Handler: "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?"

After her first photo was removed, Handler reposted the pic again only for Instagram to remove it again.

"We removed your post because it doesn't follow our Community Guidelines," Instagram posted to Chelsea's page. "Please read our Community Guidelines to learn what kinds of posts are allowed and how you can help keep Instagram safe."

Handler once again posted the pic, writing, "If Instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses."

Instagram removed the photo again.

NEWS: Why Chelsea Handler Likes Being Nude on Camera

The 39-year-old comedienne posed nearly nude in an Instagram post earlier this year, but kept herself mostly covered. In the photo she was pictured sitting in a locker room wearing only a nude thong.

"I'm a Kardashian," Handler wrote, captioning the pic.

Handler has a penchant for appearing nude on camera - shooting nude sketches with Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O'Brien.

"I like to be naked because I don't take my body seriously," Handler told DeGeneres earlier this month. "People do, and that's nice for them, but I think bodies are so silly."

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