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Photo: chelseahandler/Instagram When Kim Kardashian poses nude, she does so for money, or magazines. But Chelsea Handler, on the other ...

Are Chelsea Handler's Nipples the Key to World Peace?

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When Kim Kardashian poses nude, she does so for money, or magazines. But Chelsea Handler, on the other hand, is exposing her breasts for feminism and world peace — seriously. The comedian, who is currently visiting Israel, posed sitting on top of a camel topless with Stars of David as nipple covers. She posted the photo on Instagram with the caption, “A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel. And we say we can’t live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. And, You don’t even have to be topless. L’chaim.”

Handler is in the Holy Land for a fundraiser supporting Sheba Medical Center’s Tal Center for Integrative Oncology. She also reportedly interviewed former Israeli president Shimon Peres for her upcoming documentary series on Netflix. The provocateur’s high-profile interview could indicate her turn toward becoming a more serious talk show host and documentarian. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 91-year-old political figure spoke to the funny lady about his life achievements, tenure as president, his relationship with Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, and more.

Handler is a known provocateur. In October, she sat on a horse without a shirt to mimic a similar pic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin,” she wrote alongside the post, which received hundreds of thousands of likes as well as international media attention. Shortly after Handler shared the photo, it was removed because it violated the photo-sharing app’s community guidelines that restrict “violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos.” 

Handler’s topless posts work double duty in raising awareness to specific causes. Not only is she highlighting tensions within a war-torn part of the world, and calling out sexism, she’s also bringing attention to #freethenipple by baring her (oddly perky) breasts by baring them to her 1.5 million followers. The campaign hopes to start a conversation surrounding current censorship laws that deem women’s nipples indecent (even though men’s are considered acceptable). Let’s hope the best-selling author’s areolae continue to be a symbol for hot-button issues. Can you Handler it?  

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