Monday, September 1, 2014

I feel I must address this nude pic issue

the fappening 2014
The day the interweb exploded
Public figures still have a right to privacy.

Hacking into their private property, violating their privacy, and stealing and circulating their personal pictures is a severe crime.

That didn't stop an unknown hacker from breaking into the iCloud accounts of dozens of celebrities - most notably Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, swimwear model Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead - and stealing nude and semi-nude photos from them.

He then proceeded to post a part of his haul on anonymous image-sharing forum 4chan, keeping other - more explicit material - in reserve in exchange for PayPal and Bitcoin payments.

As if that weren't repulsive enough, other 4chan trolls deemed it necessary to humiliate women even further, crafting the #LeakForJLaw hoax, encouraging women to show their own nude photos via Twitter in support of Jennifer Lawrence. Luckily, the initiative was met with outrage and never took off.

Jennifer Lawrence nude leaks

And on top of it all, the massive leak of nude photos - dubbed 'The Fappening' by the Reddit community - brought forward the best in people, with Jennifer Lawrence-related search queries topping 5,000,000 on Sunday. It was, by a landslide, the No. 1 searched topic on Google, with gymnast McKayla Maroney (No. 2), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (No. 4), The Fappening (No. 5) and Teresa Palmer (No. 9) also appearing in the top 10.

Which is, quite frankly, disgusting.

1. A hacker illegally obtains private pictures for personal gain.
2. A bunch of trolls exploits the leak to humiliate women.
3. A frantic, voyeurism-induced witch hunt ensues.

Not your finest hour, internet users everywhere!

Sure, sexting, nude selfies and sex tapes are a thing now, and unskilled celebutantes like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian have built entire careers on it, but that doesn't mean that celebrities aren't entitled to privacy anymore. 

Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton have reportedly contacted the authorities. Let's hope they can expose the hacker and bring him to justice. It would be a small consolation, but at least it'd be something.

Update: In the cover story of Vanity Fair's November issue, J-Law has some things to say about her stolen photos. She had apparently tried to write a statement, she says in the interview, but "every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don't have anything to say I'm sorry for.

Jennifer Lawrence reacts to The Fappening

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