How the Public is Affecting the Nude Photo Hacking Scandal


The Jennifer Lawrence Hacking story is no longer the top news story it was a week ago, but its impact on society will last much longer.

Countless people have tried to benefit in some way from dozens of female celebrities’ stolen property. To start with, the nude photos that sparked the whole scandal were privately traded for Bitcoins before being “released” to the public. The person responsible for posting the photos even stated that their goal was to make money from revealing even more nude photos:

People wanted s*** for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i’m not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday) I really didn’t get close to what I was hoping.

Mainly because of the extra bitcoin spammers spamming their own address.. taking my original posts and passing them off as their own to try and get bitcoin.. but also because of the skeptics. I proved I had s***, but people wanted more and more for free. Well, fuck, you can’t get everything for free sometimes.

Then there’s the art exhibit that was set to feature some of the hacked nude images. Don’t worry, it isn’t going to happen anymore. Interestingly enough, it apparently has nothing to do with the legal issues surrounding the stolen property. It was the public’s response to the images that changed artist XVALA’s mind. “People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence’s and Kate Upton’s victimisation, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive,” XVALA stated. Gee, thanks for that empowering message. Glad to know you were pleasantly surprised to find the public in favor of women.

While XVALA was changing his art exhibit to reflect public opinion, many celebs (male and female) were taking to social media site Twitter to express their own opinions on the hacking scandal.

Actress Mary E. Winstead, a victim of the iCloud leak, sent a couple of tweets that reveal just how deep the hackers went to access those photos.

Actress Emma Watson used the social media site to share disgust over the many responses shared online that blamed the victims of the hacking instead of the hacker(s) themselves.

Lena Dunham is on the same page as Watson and explained in the simplest terms why such an argument is ridiculous.

And finally, Seth Rogan on why this we shouldn’t victim blame in this or any similar “scandal”:

While this story is still developing, there are some facts we can be certain of no matter what is revealed later on. Society’s views on women are extremely contradictory. We all know that the phrase “sex sells” is used to push every product on the market these days (a simple search of “sexualized advertisements” on Google Images reveals a plethora of examples over the years), yet women are punished for accepting this sexuality and displaying it in their own lives. Even more absurd are the countless female celebrities who are persecuted for being as sexual in their personal lives as the fictional characters they portray in movies, television, or ads.

Just because these women are famous does not mean they have no right to privacy. Just because women have a sexual side does not mean that it should be exploited for the world to see or condemned due to sexist opinions. Just because there is any sort of demand for an item does not mean it is acceptable to supply that demand. The acts of the hackers as well as those victim blaming the females who were violated contribute to an alarming problem in the United States: a never ending cycle of sexism that not only prevents justice from being served, but also allows crime to occur.

Victim blaming prevents those actually responsible from ever being punished for their crimes. Why even bother to be a law abiding citizen if there’s no consequence for breaking the law?  The cycle continues until someone sees the injustice and speaks out. Thankfully, the celebrity tweets above show a break in the cycle as more and more people refuse to accept such a pathetic status quo. However, the endless victim blaming remarks online show that we have a long way to go.

hobvias sudoneighm. free internet. 23 Jan. 2005. Online image. Flickr. 14 Sept. 2014.


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