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OTRC: Miley Cyrus shares 'topless' 'Merry Christmas' photo

Miley Cyrus appears in a scene from her music video for 'We Can't Stop,' released on June 19, 2013. (RCA Records)

Miley Cyrus shared a "topless" photo of herself on Twitter in order to spread the word out about an upcoming film.

The 21-year-old singer posted the photo (Warning: image NSFW), which is slightly censored with hearts and other Christmas-themed drawings on it, on Dec. 14, with the caption, "Merry Christmas. THANK YOU NY for being one of the few states to @freethenipple."

Cyrus cited the film "Free the Nipple" in the tweet and also made a reference to New York state because in 1992, the state's Court of Appeals ruled that any person, regardless of gender, could bare their chest in public for noncommercial activity, according to the New York Times.

The film is based on true events about "a topless group of women who bravely fought the censorship laws in New York," according to the movie's website. It raises questions about censorship laws in America and censorship toward nudity versus violence in the media. The movie was directed by Lina Esco, who had a role in Cyrus' film "LOL."

"It's not about getting your [expletive] out. It's about equality," Cyrus explained in a tweet after she posted the picture.

She later added in another tweet on Dec. 15, "My topless pic is showing less than when I wear clothes haha. People are proving my point so easily."

Earlier this month, the singer was named MTV's Artist of the Year and she is also featured in Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People" special for 2013. Cyrus released her fourth studio album, "Bangerz," in October.

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