Baby boy + his dog = 21,000 Instagram followers
Celebrity hairdresser Alberto Guzman had posted the photo of him and his husband, makeup artist Janeiro Bofill, kissing on their wedding day. He posted the picture in honor of gay pride Sunday, and accompanied it with a variety of equal rights hashtags, including #wearethesame, #nothingwrongwithbeingqueer and #werequeerandwerehere. The photo, however, was apparently flagged as inappropriate; Instagram removed the image from their site. As Guzman explained, I posted this photo of my wedding yesterday and Instagram took it off my album for being cheap instagram followers inappropriate [sic] and on gay pride of all days. In a display of support for the couple, friends then began reposting the image with the caption, Instagram took down this photo for being inappropriate WTF. Galadriel Masterson, a friend of the couple, outspokenly expressed her outrage over Instagrams reaction. Masterson noted that Guzman and Bofill have been together for 13 years and are legally married for 2 months. This is the kiss that sealed their wedding vows. Vows that under state and federal protection offer them 1500 rights and responsibilities. She continued on to demand an apology for taking this pic down and flagging it as inappropriate, as well as to ask that others continue to repost the picture. Instagram eventually did restore the photo, and apologized for the incident, explaining that they occasionally make a mistake when processing reports from other members of the Instagram community. In this case, an Instagram spokesperson explained, we wrongly removed content and rectified the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Then, on a friend's recommendation, Crouch, a Zionsville, Ind., stay-at-home mother, tagged one of her photos "Dogs of Instagram." That site reposted the picture of Carter in a sleeper with Toby's paws on top of him. From there, Crouch's Instagram account took off. Her "carterandtoby" Instagram account has grown to more than 21,000 followers. In late June, newspapers in England and Belgium shared the story of Toby and Carter with plenty of pictures. Crouch heard from fans worldwide, some as far away as Korea. "It went everywhere," she said. "It's been really crazy." No doubt the appeal stems partly from Crouch's eye for too-cute shots such as just the boy's and dog's legs sticking out from under a bed. Toby's soulful eyes and floppy ears help, along with Carter's can't-you-just-pinch-them cheeks. But Crouch hopes her fans do more than oooh and aahh.