You know what leak I’m talking about. 4chan and Reddit dubbed it “The Fappening.” There were dozens of celebrity women whose nude photos were hacked and then leaked to the public. The headline leak was Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence herself has remained silent even though her lawyers have not. But today she broke her silence by speaking with Vanity Fair about the whole incident.
DISCLAIMER: This is an opinion and reflection post. I am in no way an expert in privacy or . These are just my thoughts on the whole situation. Feel free to leave a comment and respectfully agree or disagree. I would love to share thoughts with you.
Okay on with the post:
If I’m completely honest, I think Jennifer Lawrence and her camp has been very naive in their approach to this incident. Now she may be right in that this is a invasion of her privacy and that she has now been indirectly sexually violated. But to think that you can stop the circulation of these photos after they have been initially posted is stupid. Who cares how much legal power you can throw around, you can’t stop the monster once it’s let out.
The internet has created a new world that has literally redefined privacy. And for her to think she is the only person this has happened to is narrow minded. She is not the first this has happened to, not by a long shot. There are young girls EVERY DAY whose private photos like these are stolen, hacked, or posted online (without their permission) for the whole world to see and no one cries sex crimes for these girls. So what makes Jennifer Lawrence think she is any different than any of these girls. What makes her think her privacy is any more sacred than the average woman- because she is a celebrity?
I will agree that her and other female celebrities are probably targeted more than the average girl, but that doesn’t mean she should receive special protection because she is a public figure.
Now don’t hear me wrong – I am in no way approving or condoning the actions of the hackers, leakers, or even viewers of these photos, but this is a losing battle- and not only for celebrities. I am also not saying that they don’t deserve privacy, because they do – all of us do. I am simply stating that this is the world we live in now and unless there is major internet law reform, nothing is going to change that.
Bottom line, the only real way to prevent photos like this from being leaked is to not take these photos to begin with. There are millions of couples that have healthy sex lives that haven’t taken nude photos of themselves.
I’m not trying to be a prude and say that you shouldn’t take nude pics because it’s wrong, I’m not say that at all. What I am saying is that if you don’t want nude photos leaked don’t take them, and if you do, you need to be prepared for the moment when they are shared because the odds are extremely high that they will be.
Privacy is a major issue that we as a society will be facing in the next decade and apathy will only guarantee that will end up having none, even in the land of the free.
What do you think? Am I way off? Am I just being pessimistic?