Friday, 5 September 2014

Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos!

Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and around a hundred other women have had personal photos stolen and shared on the internet.

That's not really news, it was only a few days ago but seemingly everyone knows by now.

The consensus on the internet seems to be, heartbreakingly, that they should not have taken them in the first place. Why take a naked picture if you don't want the whole world to see it? I can see why people think that, for that exact reason I have never taken a naked picture of myself. I think the only nudey shots of me are from when I was a baby in the bath or some such.

But wait, hold on, that's a massive crock of shit.

Not about there being no nudey shots of me, that's true. For the most part. But these were personal pictures taken for a loved one. They're celebrities, so they were probably taken for a loved one that was far away at the time. Have you really never done that, or known someone who has? I really believe I'm in the minority here for not having done it and that's most likely because I am perpetually single.

These women have had their privacy stolen and dashed away for the sake of some creeps on the internet who believe photoshopping the women's face onto a porn stars body (creepy as that is) just isn't enough.

"But of course people are going to want to see that; they should expect it. They are celebrities."

Oh okay. This sounds a lot like the Rape argument. You know the one, "If you didn't want to get raped, sweetheart, you shouldn't have dressed that way."

Society seems to have decided that the victim is to blame in all sorts of privacy related issues.

I'm not saying this event is the same as being raped. Obviously not. But it is on the same scale. It relates to a violation. A very intimate violation.

What really gets me is other celebrities agreeing with this consensus. I am speaking of Ricky Gervais, in this particular instance. Yes, Ricky Gervais, supposed funny man and self important prat has mocked the women that this has happened to, derided them for having the nude photos on their computers.

Would he be saying the same if there were nude pictures he had on his personal devices, taken for a loved one, stolen and posted on the internet for the world to see?

Definitely not.

Everyone has the right to take photos of themselves and share them with willing recipients. If you want to share it with the entire internet, that's completely up to you. If you just want them shared privately with a lover, also fine. For someone to take the photos from you and post them for the world to see without your permission, that is wrong. And a crime.

I sincerely hope they catch the bastard and he is punished to the full extent of the law.

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