So, someone hacked into the phones of a few celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and many others. Once in, they pulled some nude photos of the women and published them online.
Men everywhere, rejoice! Right?
What just happened here is the on the spectrum of most intimate in violations of human privacy. Photos taken on a personal device for personal reasons (whatever they may be), leaked to the world. Many people are giving the argument that there is no privacy when you are a celebrity or that “they shouldn’t have taken those photos anyway,” but they are missing one very important point in this whole conversation.
These people are human beings. I know, it’s a radical thought.
Jennifer Lawrence was born on August 15th, 1990. For the mathematicians out there, that makes her 24. 24 years old. She is younger than me by half a decade and likely younger than most of you who are reading this. She is a college-aged human being who is living her life in the spotlight, but that does not give anyone the right to violate her privacy.
But since they’re online anyway, you might as well look at them, right?
The only reason people are compelled to perform illegal acts like this is because they know it’s going to generate buzz, website traffic, and subsequently – income. The only way for that to happen is for the general public to catch wind of what’s going on and follow the path to the photos. If none of this happened, there would be less and less reason to do it again. It’s like a comedian who repeatedly finds himself with a silent crowd, eventually he will probably get the hint and find a new career path.
Dare I say, each person who looks at these photos is part of the problem. Maybe that sounds a little harsh, but you are viewing images that were meant for one human being, taken by another human being, of the most intimate sort. I know it is a cliche argument, but if this was your girlfriend/mother/sister/wife, would you want people all over the world seeing the photos? I don’t think so.
Furthermore, it shows a blatant disregard for the respect deserved by these people – not because they are celebrities, but because they are human beings, just like you and I. They have chosen a career path that puts them in the public eye, but they still have the right to choose what people do and don’t see.
If you want to see a naked woman, either go find some pornography (there are plenty of consensual nude photos floating around online) or actually try making enough of a connection with a woman that you become intimate with her. That might be a nice change of pace.
I know, it’s the “forbidden fruit,” any adult film star can plaster nude photos of themselves online but you have been just dying to see what’s under Jennifer Lawrence’s dress! Well, too bad my friend – just like the woman next to you on the subway, she has no obligation to show you, or anyone else she doesn’t want to.
One last fact – if you are one of the many who is rightfully creeped out about what someone had to go through in order to obtain these photos, consider this: Actress/Singer Mary Winstead tweeted that the photos of her that were leaked were taken with her husband in private and had been deleted years ago. Now think about what really had to go into accessing them. Creepy to the highest degree.
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