This article contains spoilers for the Are You the One? Season eight finale.
Are You The One (AYTO) season 8 contestant Remy Duran has had his Instagram account removed following a selfie he posted of him and his fellow contestant Paige Cole.
Are You The One, which just wrapped on its eighth season, had an all-queer cast for the first time, meaning that there were no gender limitations on matches.
After the finale, which aired on Monday night, Remy discovered his Instagram account had been taken down without notice. The post in question was an announcement that Remy and Paige are now dating, despite not being each other’s Perfect Match on the show.
In the picture which both posted on their grid, the pair are licking either side of a dildo hanging on a wall behind them.
“I’m so pissed,” Duran tells VICE. “I thought, ‘Oh, shit, my picture got taken down,’ but my whole account got deleted without warning. I didn’t get an email. Nothing.”
“I see so many things on Instagram that are a lot more adult than a dick on the wall,” Cole adds in a separate phone call. “You see car accidents where people probably died, you see photos of animal abuse on popular pages. There are real issues on Instagram, but they have a problem with sex workers. They have a problem with a titty popping out. They have a problem with a gay man and his gay girlfriend posing with a dick on the wall. We say ‘Homophobia!’ jokingly, but there’s no excuse for deleting his account and not mine for literally posting the same content.”
“Instagram is the biggest platform I have to promote my work,” Duran says of the account where he was planning to promote his products and merchandise.
There is inconsistency in the takedown of his Instagram as Paige’s post was removed, but her account was not shut down.
This isn’t the first time Instagram has removed a photo of queer couples for apparently “violating community guidelines”.
In July 2018, a photo (below) featuring queer couple Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer was removed for violating community standards.
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My new project on @i_d ! words by @georgie_wright_ thanks to @becca_bw ❣️ here @mrjordanbowen and @iamlucalucifer being cute for me *UPDATE* Link in bio ⬆️ IG apologised for taking the picture down but there is still a long way to go to fight homophobia – judging also from the hate comments below
On his Instagram, Bowen said his relationship of seven years with Lucifer had been “reduced to a Community Guideline”.
Back in March 2018, a gay couple from Madrid were shocked when a photo of them kissing was removed from Instagram.
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Parece que molestan ciertas fotos. La envidia siempre ha sido mala compañera del ser humano. Vivid y dejad vivid. Respetad y seréis respetados. Y que no se le olvide a nadie: amar es amar independientemente de la condición sexual. A ver si la volvéis a denunciar por inapropiada. Y cariño, TE AMO, le pese a quien le pese y le moleste a quien le moleste ❤️🍀 @brokelipx
He later re-uploaded the photo including in the caption, “And do not forget anyone: to love is to love independently of the sexual orientation. Let’s see if you denounce it as inappropriate.
In December, lesbian couple Jane and Veronica were voicing their disbelief when a photo they shared on social media was flagged and removed from the site.
The photo (above) depicts the couple with their son Alex; it was shared on several other pages reaching around 200,000 people before it was flagged and removed.
They also reshared the photo including in the caption: “the world is in favour of equality, that it penalises hatred, and that although some rules delete a photo, there are many hands behind giving visibility to what a few try to hide.”
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