This past Sunday, a 4chan user posted nude and revealing photos online, supposedly hacked from the iCloud accounts of numerous female celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Lea Michele and more. While some outlets have reported this leak as a juicy celebrity "scandal," it's more accurately described as a sex crime.
Despite the clear criminality of the leak, corners of social media have regressed to the all-too-familiar victim-blaming routine, placing the blame squarely on the women for taking the photos rather than the hacker who blatantly broke the law. Just because a woman (or person of any gender for that matter) is famous does not mean their private photos are fair game to anyone and everyone.
As Esquire's Luke O'Neil put it: "Very few of us would hide in the bushes outside of a woman's home in order to catch a glimpse of her getting changed, but how is that any different from this?"
Many female celebrities took to Twitter to voice their outrage and poignantly clarify why leaked photos such as these are so insidious. Some were eloquent, others were short and sweet. Either way, all are correct.
Here are six reasons why leaking nude photos of famous women is wrong, straight from celebrity women themselves:
1. It is -- above all -- a woman's choice with whom she shares her body with and how she does it.
2. People have the right to take nude photos. No one has the right to hack them. It's that simple.
3. It's just creepy.
To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.
— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
4. "Integrity is sacred."
4. iCloud accounts are meant to be PRIVATE -- and might need a little work done. (Translation: Piece of sh*t)
5. By looking at these photos and negatively engaging in the conversation surrounding them, you are perpetuating the problem.
6. There is a much better way of going about seeing a woman naked.
These are real women and should be treated as such.