A new racy Instagram account has popped up encouraging citizens to vote against Stephen Harper in the upcoming election in exchange for (tasteful) nudes.
The account is titled votes4nudes and already has more than 5,300 followers, despite being just a couple of days old. It’s filled with censored nudes with messages like “Stop Harper,” emblazoned strategically across private areas.
In the description at the top of the account, it encourages people of “all races/genders/bodies” to submit their already censored nudes via direct message to join in the effort. People wanting nudes need to submit a selfie with proof of voting.
Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from the lusty account:
Vote for mommy won’t you? #fuckharper #stopharper #cdnpoli #canpoli #elxn2015 #pmharper #elxn42 #goc #vote #votetogether #slutsagainstharper #votes4nudes A photo posted by Sluts Against Harper (@votes4nudes) on
The creator of the account – who simply goes by J Simps – told Vancity Buzz she tried to bribe people to vote with beer back in 2010, but wasn’t very successful.
“This year I made a joke saying that if you show me that you voted, you’ll get your voter’s B.J.,” she said.
“I just thought I would stir things up a little and it got out of control.”
For Simps, the response has been overwhelming – they’ve had thousands of submissions.
“I have a team now working on archiving the submissions on a Tumblr account, which is less moderated, so we can keep all of our submissions there rather than on our Instagram account so we don’t get shut down again.”
The account was temporarily shut down (and reinstated) after they gained more than 5,000 followers over the course of a day, so the photos on Instagram are now reasonably tame.
The nudes that you’re sent are based on a person’s sexuality – that is, they can request the gender of the person in the nude, but not things like race or breast size. After all, it’s about sending a message, not providing user requested pornography, according to Simps.
She says she believes the overwhelming response to vote4nudes shows that people are ready for change.
“I don’t think we’re apathetic. I think this has shown that we’re not.”
“I don’t think Harper cares about women. I don’t think he cares about indigenous women, the murdered and missing women, I don’t think he cares about childcare, about mothers, about immigrant women, immigrants in general, he doesn’t care about our environment – he’s trying to sell us off and we’re not buying it,” she said.
In the end, Simps encourages everyone to vote “strategically” this upcoming election.
“You can check out votetogether.ca where you can find out which vote in your riding would be most effective to get Harper out.”
This account seems to be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in anti-Harper sentiment. An event on Facebook titled “Stephen Harper Going Away Party” has gained significant traction, with 116,000 people saying they plan to “attend.”
Of course, the event is scheduled for election day, October 19.
“A time for Canadians to come together from coast to coast to say ‘See Ya Later Steve’,” reads the event’s description.
“I don’t care where you celebrate or how you plan on getting down raise a pint, do a shot, high five or just give a thumbs up to celebrate Stephen Harper having to get another job.”
As for Simps, she has some last minute parting words for voters: