Jennifer Lawrence: A Violation of Privacy
JENNIFER Lawrence, Kate Upton, Elizabeth Winstead and Lea Michele are just a few of the celebrities that have reportedly become the victims of what has been dubbed one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals in history. The scandal emerged Sunday night as a yet unidentified user posted a master list on a site called 4chan where they claimed to have personal photos of over 100 female celebrities posing nude or in very revealing swimwear. Though it has not been confirmed, the hacker reportedly attained these images by hacking into the targeted celebrities’ iCloud accounts and stealing the content from their phones or electronic devices.
Many of the celebrities named in this list were quick to fight back against this scandal with Disney stars Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice claiming the photographs to be fake. Others such as Elizabeth Winstead voicing their outrage at the gross invasion of privacy via Twitter and other social media platforms. ‘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’ (Winstead, Twitter). A representative of Lawrence, who seems to have suffered the greatest invasion of privacy with over 60 images and a possible sex video leaked, has given a statement saying ‘This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.’
From these reactions we can see that though there are still a lot of questions surrounding this scandal, such as the identity of the hacker and how many accounts he managed to gain access to. It would appear that at least some of the images alluded to on this infamous list are indeed authentic. This must be creating a lot of fear among Hollywood that even the most private details of their lives are now vulnerable to exposure and that there is no escape from the ever-probing eyes of their adoring public.
It also highlights how careful those in the public eye and even those outside of it, should be about how they use their electronic devices to share intimate images of themselves and their loved ones. Many of the photos leaked – for example, those of Teresa Palmer and her ex-boyfiend Scott Speedman – are self-taken photographs and one might question if these women should know better than that by now. Why do they feel the need to keep a record of these private moments that should be between themselves and their partners and no one else? Do they not realise that in putting pictures like this into the virtual world, they are creating ways for their lives and bodies to be exposed by people like this hacker?
Is it freedom of expression or self-obsession? Are these women and their partners in some way to blame for their own violation of privacy, or should all blame fall to the hacker for their crime?
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