In case you forgot, there was a massive celebrity nude photo leak at the end of August that delivered a barrage of naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, along with Kate Upton, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Brie Larson, and more. A few weeks later, another leak happened that included even more nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, along with Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and more. And yet again, a few weeks later, even more nude photos of J. Law were released! I know, it’s disgusting.
In the last month or so, Jennifer Lawrence and her team have stayed silent, despite the fact that Jennifer was the main subject of the controversy since she had, by far, the most leaked photos out of anyone. We heard protests that the photos were fake from Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande’s publicists. We read annoyed tweets from some of the celeb victims, expressing their unhappiness or trying to make jokes. We even heard some publicists confirm that the photos were real, like in the case of Kate Upton. But through all of the press, we heard nothing from Jennifer.
Well, that’s changed – and I’m really glad it has. JLaw has finally spoken up about the nude photos in an interview with Vanity Fair for their upcoming issue. As I expected, Jennifer’s response is eloquent, smart, and infused with the kind of fiery honesty that we all love her for. I wouldn’t have expected anything less!
Jennifer said, “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
I completely agree with Jennifer – as I said when I wrote about it the first time, this nude photo leak is just really, really gross. It stinks that someone went out of their way to find these photos, and then leaked them all over the Internet for anyone to see. These photos were taken privately. They were intended for a specific person, they weren’t public. They weren’t meant for everyone. Yet, when they were leaked, everyone reacted as though they had a right to see the photos. People saved them and downloaded them and shared them, acting like these were nude photos that they were entitled to look at, simply because they were taken in the first place. It was disgusting.
So, how are you supposed to react when something like this happens? What are you supposed to do when the nude photos you only wanted one person to see end up being something that everyone has their hands on? How do you deal with such an embarrassing and devastating situation? I mean, obviously, a leak of this magnitude would never happen to someone other than a celebrity. But when naked photos of you are being passed around without your consent, it doesn’t really matter if five people see them or 5,000 people see them – it still sucks.
If you listened to social media after these celebrity leaks, you would learn one thing: you’re supposed to apologize. I saw a lot of reactions to this leak, and many of them went something like this: “They shouldn’t have taken the photos in the first place. This is their fault. If they didn’t want naked photos leaked, they shouldn’t take naked photos. What did they expect to happen?”
Um, no. Not at all. JLaw agrees. When asked about her silence on the subject, she said, “Every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry.” She added, “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
She continued, adding that the people who looked at and shared the photos were the ones who should be on the defense. “Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know sand love say, ‘Oh yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”
Exactly! If your naked photos get leaked, you don’t have to apologize – the person who leaked your photos has to apologize! I hate how everyone was waiting for and even expecting an apology from these celebs. An apology for what? For embracing their sexuality and taking photos of themselves in the privacy of their own homes? Should they, or anyone, apologize for taking private pictures that someone else leaked? Absolutely not, and it’s ridiculous to think that they should.
Look, the truth is, sexing and sending naked photos is never a great idea, because the possibility of this happening is always there. Even if you’re not a celebrity, your naked photos can easily get passed around school or posted online. But regardless of that threat, you are still allowed to do it. It’s your body, and you can take whatever pictures you want. If someone else leaks your photos, they are the ones who did something wrong, not you. And they’re the ones who should be apologizing. But do you think we’ll ever hear an “I’m sorry” come out of this hackers mouth? No, we definitely won’t.
It’s really unfortunate that, in 2014, our society reacts to a nude photo leak by blaming the victims of the leak. Saying that they “never should have taken the pictures in the first place” isn’t okay. You should start saying, “someone never should have disrespected their privacy in the first place,” because that’s the real truth. Acting like the victim is at fault is just another part of victim-blaming, something that we all need to get away from.
Fortunately, Jennifer seems to be moving on. She said, “Time does heal, you know. I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”
Guys, I have no doubt that JLaw will continue to be awesome and amazing and untouchable even after this photo leak, because she’s Jennifer Lawrence, and she’s the best. So if you ever find yourself in this type of situation, please remember her words of wisdom, and keep this in mind: you don’t have to apologize for taking naked photos. You didn’t do the wrong thing. Some people in this world really suck, and they need to learn to respect others. Until that happens, hold your head up high and remember that you are way, way better than that.
What do you think about the nude photo leak? How do you feel about Jennifer Lawrence’s response? Do you agree or disagree that she has nothing to apologize for? Tell me in the comments.