Shock news: Shirtless violinist is back on Instagram
Pink News reports that gay icon Matthew Olshefski, better known as The Shirtless Violinist, has been banished from Instagram.
“Your account has been disabled for pretending to be someone else,’ he was told.
Matthew blames it on complains by anti-gay trolls.
UPDATE: Fresh post today from Matthew and his partner, Paul:
We’re back!! One week ago, our account was disabled for violating Instagram’s terms. What was our violation? “Pretending to be someone else”. Obviously, this is untrue (the only thing I’ve ever pretended to be was “straight” for the first 18 years of my life) —but it was alarming to see how easily trolls can have an account disabled.
We work hard to bring quality content to the internet. Not just with our Instagram posts, but the podcast we produce each week. I’m not gonna lie, it’s disheartening to be targeted by hateful people. They’re not just attacking the two of us, but our entire community.
As gay men, we are often left wondering “was this an act of homophobia?” And, unfortunately, I think that’s a question gay people confront all the time.