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Instagram deleted these pics of Antoni for being “pornographic”; photographer speaks out

On Friday we were just about to share a steamy photo shoot by Damon Baker featuring Queer Eye’s food guy Antoni Porowski lounging around in his Calvin Klein briefs.

But before we could, the post vanished.

In its place, just this message: “This photo or video has been removed from Instagram.”

Related: Instagram deleted this Harvard undergrad’s photos for being ‘too sexual.’ You be the judge.

It was unclear whether Baker had deleted the post himself, or if Instagram had deemed it inappropriate and censored the content.

As it turns out, it was the latter. While no nudity was shown in any of the photos, the app, owned by Facebook, flagged one image of Antoni with his hands in the front of his underwear as “pornographic.”

Baker later took to his Instagram story to comment on the situation:

“There was nothing pornographic or nude about my pictures of Antoni but Instagram deleted the post so now I’m sad and upset.

WTF is so offensive about a human body? We all have one!”

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He also shared the takedown message he received about the photo:

Screenshot of Instagram takedown notice for violating terms of service

Antoni shared the photos on his own account, minus the “controversial” one:

View this post on Instagram

Match-ing. [email protected]_baker

A post shared by Antoni Porowski (@antoni) on

Luckily, Twitter doesn’t have quite the same policy (for now). So here’s the full batch of photos: