Now that Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about “The Fappening,” the unauthorized released of hacked nude photos of (mostly) female celebrities, some Fappeners on Reddit are sounding self-aware if not exactly apologetic. Here’s what users on r/FappeningDiscussion, one of the few subreddits allowed to exist after the initial hack, are saying:
“I would agree on every point; it was a crime, it was a sexual violation, and it was a disgusting thing to do. You can quibble about the phrase ‘sex crime’ if you want—maybe you think that suggests something more active or physical, like sexual assault—but it does describe a range of crimes, many of which are more ‘passive,’ like sexual harassment and invasion of privacy[…] Note the verbiage: perpetuating, not perpetrating. She’s not equating looking at the pictures to a crime, she’s just saying, correctly, that by viewing, sharing, spreading, and generally reveling in the pictures we are perpetuating the crime. You would have to be profoundly intellectually dishonest to claim that’s not true. I mean, most people on here are literally openly hoping for the leaks to continue and expand in scope and scale. Obviously we’re perpetuating it.”
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A few days ago, the naked, personal photos of over 100 celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Ariana Grande were published to the Internet without consent from the people pictured. A few of the celebrities have responded (they’re not happy!) and most of the pictures have since been taken down, but you can still probably find them by Googling “Hello, I’m kind of a shitty person, give me something that does not legally belong to me as quickly as possible.”
Before we get into this, here’s a point of order regarding language that I’d like to address: I’m going to be making a concerted effort to use the word “stolen,” instead of “leaked” when I talk about these photos and “women” instead of “celebrity” or “A-List Stars” when I talk about the victims. Also, I’m going to use the word “victim,” because what we’re talking about is a crime. Read more on Cracked…
Here’s what I’ve learned about men on the internet who are annoying at best and abusive at worst: They think they know the women they harass. They have access to our ideas and our creative output (i.e. writing, videos, etc.), to our faces, to basic information about us, to a few scant personal details, and from that they concoct for us fictional life stories, fictional personalities, and fictional motivations. It can be terrifying on this end of that interaction, because we don’t know who these men are at all, but they believe they know us and interact with us, talk with us, as if they do.
It’s worse for celebrities, because it’s not just compulsive internet commenters who do this — it’s everyone. We want to be able to relate to celebrities. So we take their movies, videos, music, writing, interviews, press releases, and Instagram and Twitter accounts, and we create a fiction about who they are, or who they would be if we knew them personally. To some extent, that fictional personality is something that they curate and cultivate in order both to create demand and to create distance. Keep reading »
Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence appeared on a 4chan board Sunday following a massive hack; the actress’ publicist confirmed the images are of her. “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” her publicist told TMZ. Lawrence’s naked pics appeared online along with other alleged nude photos of female celebrities who were hacked, including Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Hope Solo, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer.
Posting on Twitter, Winstead confirmed the photos of her were real and taken by her husband: ”Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked. To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.” Other celebs denied the pics, with Victoria Justice tweeting, ”These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*” Ariana Grande’s publicist confirmed to BuzzFeed her alleged nude pics were “completely fake.” [TMZ; BuzzFeed]