Leaked Celebrity Nudes: Stars React to Hacked Naked Photo Scandal
This weekend, stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton had their privacy violated when their nude photos were leaked online. The NSFW photos, which were obtained by a handful of hackers operating in an alleged underground ring where users swapped naked photos of celebrities, were first posted by a 4chan user who claimed he was selling over 60 naked photos of Lawrence in an attempt to earn bitcoins.
After news of the anonymous user selling never-before-seen naked photos of celebrities got out, few members of said ring came out to share their collection, opening a floodgate to celebrity nudes allegedly of Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, Teresa Palmer and more.
Since then, Hollywood has banded together to defend the victims of the hacking -- including those like Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice who are involved in the scandal themselves -- voicing their opinions on this massive invasion of privacy. Here's what they're saying:
Thank you iCloud
— Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014
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. — Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended* — Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
to every1 going on about my "nudes" & my "m&g prices" neither are real! my lil ass is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 2, 2014
Don't worry bro, it would just be photos of food and other people's dogs anyway. pic.twitter.com/Ol1RChRM9S — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 1, 2014
Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy. — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 1, 2014
Shame on you if you think that because a woman chooses to celebrate the beauty of her naked body she deserves to have her privacy violated. — Ashley Madekwe (@smashleybell) September 1, 2014
There are nude photos of me actually leaking but nobody has said anything about those. — Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) September 2, 2014
The only nude photos you'll ever see of me are the ones that I "Leak" and the ones that my head are superimposed on! FYI — Kelly Brook (@IAMKELLYBROOK) September 1, 2014
The Internet is scary. Thank god all my personal photos are only of dogs and cats and food, and I'm only naked on tv. — Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) September 1, 2014
OMGG YASSS STOLEN NAKED PICTURES OF YOUNG WOMEN YASSSS BLATANT VIOLATION OF A FELLOW HUMAN BEING'S PRIVACY SO HOTTT OMFGGG MMMMM! — Bo Burnham (@boburnham) August 31, 2014
Dear finicky Internet trolls.no, I don't think celebs asked2be hacked&violated. I said the internet is NOT a safe place for private things — Adrianne Curry (@AdrianneCurry) September 2, 2014
Please respect the fact that the photos were private and not for the whole world to see. My heart is broken for the women who were violated. — Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) September 1, 2014
NSA? Breach of privacy. Female celebrities hacked? It's her fault. — Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) September 1, 2014
Boycott hacked photos. Boycott evil online predators targeting women. Disgusting. — LevenRambin (@levenrambin) September 1, 2014
Don't pretend like you haven't sent nude pictures of yourself to someone you feel comfortable sharing with. — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 1, 2014
Just let people have the privacy they deserve. Integrity is sacred. — Yvonne Strahovski (@Y_Strahovski) September 2, 2014
Hey instead of completely invading peoples privacy, let's maybe focus on things like this. http://t.co/43vL3vQK94 — Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) September 2, 2014
These women's privacy. Just because images are released doesn't mean their sexuality is "public property". Still a long way to go, ladies. — Ryn Weaver (@RynWeaver) September 2, 2014
Posting pics hacked from someone's cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise. — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 31, 2014
Every time someone opens a stolen intimate nude photo of anyone. They are becoming a sexual molester. Participating in a group molestation.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 1, 2014
People have the right to take whatever pics they want on their own fucking phone. People don't have the right to hack them. Is it that hard?
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 1, 2014
The "don't take naked pics if you don't want them online" argument is the "she was wearing a short skirt" of the web. Ugh.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
Merry XXXmas!— Becca Tobin (@becbecbobec) September 1, 2014
the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
Stealing someone's naked photos is the same as tearing someone's clothes off in public. It's sexual assault.— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) September 1, 2014
Meanwhile, a rep for Lawrence have confirmed that indeed the naked photos leaked are of the Oscar winning, saying in a statement, "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's attorney has also released an official statement on the matter, reading, "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
So far, a user on 4chan has named over 100 female celebrities whose alleged nudes are in the hackers' possession.
[Lead photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox]