If you thought this Labor Day weekend was going to be boring in terms of news, think again. There was a massive celebrity nude photo leak this evening that makes every other celebrity nude photo leak seem small in comparison. According to Buzzfeed, the leak includes alleged naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Brie Larson, Kirsten Dunst, and more. Hundreds of photos are circling online, and the hacker claims they have many more pictures, along with videos, that they plan on releasing. Apparently, the hacker is looking for bitcoin donations to post the rest of the stuff. Ugh.
Apparently, there was a major iCloud leak that allowed the photos to be hacked from celeb’s phones. It started on a 4chan thread (which I refuse to link to), and picked up speed on Reddit. By the time it made it’s way to major news outlets, the leaked photos were everywhere. Before I knew what was going on, I innocently clicked on the Jennifer Lawrence trending topic and was confronted with a lot of images I definitely didn’t need to see. Thankfully, Twitter seems to have removed any of the images.
And unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like this is a bunch of fake images. Although Victoria Justice tweeted that the photos were fake and Ariana Grande’s publicist said they are fake as well, Jennifer Lawrence’s publicist seemingly confirmed to Buzzfeed that they are real, saying, “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
To be blunt, this whole thing sucks. It makes me really bummed out that there are so many people in this world willing to invade the privacy of others for their own gain. Someone obviously went to a lot of trouble to hack into celebrity phones to acquire these images, and now they’re sharing them on the Internet for the world to see. For what? Bitcoin donations? Are you kidding me?
A lot of these photos are old. Most had probably been deleted (or so they thought). One thing’s for sure: all of them were supposed to be private. We can tsk tsk all we want at the idea that they never should have taken these photos in the first place, but the fact is, everyone has the right to do what they want with their phones and bodies. It’s not Jennifer Lawrence’s fault that her alleged nude photos got leaked for the world to see – someone invaded her privacy. That’s just wrong. It’s disgusting that these photos are being passed around the way they are, and it’s awful that someone is making money off of something that doesn’t belong to them. It’s at times like these when I’m truly ashamed of humankind.
I’ve seen a lot of people saying things like, “Well, they’re celebrities and they should have known better,” or “it’s legal, they’re all of age,” or “They shouldn’t have done it if they didn’t want this to happen.” This kind of thinking is not okay! It helps perpetuate this idea that because a woman takes naked pictures, we all have a right to see them – especially if that woman is famous. It doesn’t matter who you are, no one deserves to have their privacy taken away from them. And, yeah, taking nude photos is never a good idea… but that doesn’t mean they deserve this in any way.
As sad as this is, it’s a harsh reminder that the nude photos you take can remain somewhere out there even when you think you’ve deleted them. Whether you sent them to someone or just saved them on your phone, it is entirely possible for them to be put in the wrong hands. You may not have millions of people trying to see your nudes the way Jennifer Lawrence does, but I’m sure you still don’t want anyone to see them. We’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: sexting is never a good idea. The real issue here is that privacy isn’t being respected, but if you want to avoid something like this altogether, then don’t send nudes. The ideal solution is that people stop pulling this crap, and I really wish that would happen sooner rather than later.
We’ll keep you guys updated as the story develops, but please: don’t try to look for these pictures. Think about how you would feel if you were these women.
What do you think about this nude photo leak? Would you ever send naked pictures? Have you ever been the victim of someone having your nudes? Tell us in the comments.