I had been planning to write a blog on the whole 4Chan hacker for a while and how he hacked into over 100 female celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaking naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others, which are now plastered all over the internet. Then today I got talking to a feminist blogger (bellejar.ca/) that came into work and had recently been interviewed by CTV on the topic, so now here I am writing this.
My initial reaction upon hearing about the leaking of nude pictures of celbrites was anger. How anyone can belive that the theft of someone’s private property can be deemed acceptable is mind boggling. That because these pictures were taken in the first place it renders people unable to show empathy to the victims of this crime. That if these women (and it in most cases women) didn’t want anyone to see these pictures, then why did they take them. This seems to be the most ardent response. To blame the women as opposed to the hacker, who lets not forget, went out of his way to find these pictures, in what most of taken a lot of hard work and time.
What would motivate someone to do this? These pictures were painstakingly stolen. It didn’t happen becuase their iphone passwords weren’t good enough, it happened because someone deliberately comminted a theft. An illegal act committed on purpose not because some hot famous women should have been more careful. That women in general need to be careful or they’re simply asking for it. If you dress ‘inapproriately’, if you’re drunk, if you walk home by yourself late at night then you are somehow to blame for someone else’s actions.
I don’t often write about things that really hit home, choosing instead to just read or talk about it but this has really got my goat. There seems to be an obsessive culture with building up celebrities, men included, by elevating them to the point of near godlike status only to bask in their eventual downfall and in the case of women this is usually done by shaming their sexuality. Someone stealing these pictures for their own private use would be bad enough but at least the victims would never know, and the rest of us wouldn’t be talking about it but to actively post the pitures on the internet shows that people can not only be disrepectful of others privacy but they fervently disdain it and want to violate it.
My two favourite quotes from the whole debacle:
‘I can’t believe Jennifer Lawrence was naked under those clothes this whole time…’ – anonymous
‘She is the Madonna or she is the whore – but she is never free to simply be herself.’ – Emma Nobel