Miley Cyrus Tweets Topless Photo in Support of 'Free the Nipple' Film

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This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

Miley Cyrus bared her chest in New York on Twitter, but it wasn't another random act of nudity for the singer; this time, it was in support of a cause.

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Cyrus posted the picture to Twitter on Saturday, featuring her flashing the camera -- though fret not, as two red hearts reading "Merry Christmas" covered her up, joined by other holiday-esque graphics, such as wreaths and a snowman.

"Merry Christmas ❤❤ THANK YOU NY for being one of the few states to @freethenipple," she tweeted along with the photo, referring to the indie film Free the Nipple. The feature film questions the censorship of the U.S. media in regards to naked females compared with its censorship -- or, often, lack thereof -- of violence.

Despite Cyrus' support, Free the Nipple is struggling to receive a wide release in American theaters, especially due to its NC-17 rating, The Daily Dot reports. Director Lina Esco is attempting less traditional routes for the film, currently using crowdfunding to get the film seen.

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As Cyrus pointed out on Twitter, her support of the movie isn't just another excuse to get naked -- "it's about equality," she tweeted.

It is illegal for women to be topless in public in 37 U.S. states. New York City made it legal in 1992, though that hasn't stopped police from arresting topless women, according to the film's FundAnything page.

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