The recent onslaught of media regarding the leaked nude photos of stars including the likes of Jennifer Lawrence has many questioning who’s fault it is, with many heavily weighing the blame on the stars themselves.
My question is: are you kidding me?
The most-focused-on victim, Ms Jennifer Lawrence herself, summed it up beautifully by saying, “this is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.” Other celebrities have been chiming in on the situation, with Emma Watson’s Tweet being the most prevalent as she wrote, “Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.”
The answer is obvious, yet despite it being so blatant that the victims are actually victims (shocking I know), many still choose to blame the victims for their decision to take these photos for the simple reason that all the main victims are female. Some are most likely throwing the blame their way because they don’t agree with their choice to take such photos, even though how these judgers feel about it doesn’t change the fact that these women are victims. Some even seem to mock this whole situation by furthering the victim’s violation of privacy, whether by viewing the photos themselves or sharing them with others, with the award for the most disrespectful method going to an artist who plans to use these photos in an upcoming “art exhibit” without their permission.
(Side note: supposedly there were some males in the pics but they’re apparently not the main focus in any of the photos in question as they happened to be in the shot. Yes folks, I’m not sure if this is true for this author has not proactively sought out these photos because doing so would only support the crime and further violate the victim’s privacy.)
To put this whole situation in an easy-to-understand concept (and show why this argument shouldn’t even BE one), try this on for size:
If a woman is to blame for someone stealing/sharing a nude selfie they proactively took, then it only makes sense that:
- A writer is to blame when someone plagiarizes their own written works;
- A cook is to blame when someone steals/shares their personal one-of-a-kind secret recipe;
- An inventor is to blame when someone steals their idea;
- A driver is to blame when someone steals their car;
- An online banking user is to blame when someone hacks their banking information and steals it,
- A shoe-wearer is to blame for someone stealing their shoes.
These examples obviously make no sense – they all are unfair situations that put the blame on the victims, yet the same type of scenario applies to this “scandal” and many don’t see it that way. Whether female or male, celebrity or not, a violation of one’s privacy and rights is always a serious affair and one that should be taken seriously – if that were not the case then the laws regarding one’s privacy and rights wouldn’t exist in the first place.
Theft is theft and a violation is a violation. There is no argument.