As I scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed a couple of nights ago, I stumbled across something that shocked me to the core. A page on Facebook was claiming to have “Jennifer Lawrence nudes”, leaked by an unknown source. In all honesty I didn’t for a second believe it would be her. When I realised it truly was her, not only that but someone had hacked her iCloud account to access these pictures, I was speechless.
Normally when a celebrity has nudes “leaked”, I am the first person to jump on the bandwagon that the celebrity did it themselves. Paris Hilton, anyone? But given my love for JLaw, I instinctively believed the stories that she was hacked. Of course, this was back before the media had such definitive proof that there was a mass hacker targeting celebrities; because I think it’s safe for us to all say now that JLaw did not intend for these pictures to go public.
What shocks me the most about this whole thing is that someone out there has completely invaded the privacy of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and clearly isn’t showing any remorse for doing so. At a time where feminism is at an all time high, when did it become okay to cross the lines of their human rights like this? When did it become appropriate for someone to invade another person’s privacy and publicly humiliate them? Whether Jennifer Lawrence took these pictures for herself or someone else, they were clearly not for public consumption. So how did it get this far?
Instances such as this make me feel like women will continue to be objectified and disrespected like this with no solution in sight. How many more campaigns will there have to be? How many more decent role models will be degraded? A few larger publications have since retracted their articles and pictures of the celebrities effected by this hacker, but only because they have been threatened with legal action. Even Perez Hilton, who is a celebrity in his own right now, shared those images of Jennifer and is conveniently remorseful now her representatives have tackled things head on. He never should have published these images in the first place, no one should have. No amount of apologising will make up for the embarrassment and shame she must be feeling.
My heart goes out to Jennifer Lawrence and the other women effected (even the ones who are denying it’s them) for this disgusting case of sexual violation they are all experiencing. I am waiting on tenterhooks to see what the outcome of this situation will be in the coming weeks and I sincerely hope they catch this hacker and make him/her pay for what they have done. Somebody needs to pay for this and serious steps need to be taken to prevent sick individuals from using their talents to orchestrate such awful things.
Things need to change.