A new crop of celebrity nudes from the big celebrity hack emerged over the weekend.
These new photos purport to be of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Hope Solo. Kaley Cuoco and Abigail Spencer have both deleted their twitter accounts as photos of them were included as well.
It doesn’t seem as though this is going to stop anytime soon.
The chain of events goes like this: the photos are leaked from an anonymous source on 4chan, they get grabbed by users and shared on Reddit, and then the tabloids pick up the story and run with it, drawing more attention.
An admin at Reddit explains that trying to take down these photos is like “a game of whack-a-mole.” He said in a statement, “We’d execute a take-down, someone would adjust, re-upload, and then repeat.” In fact, Reddit went as far as removing an entire thread where the original celebrity nudes were first exposed (no pun intended, seriously). As you can imagine, Reddit-ers just found other places to post.
I used to be of the opinion that if celebrities (and normal people, but lets face it, nobody cares about normal people nudes) don’t want people to see their nude photos, don’t take them. Seems logical, right?
But, I’m slowly coming around to a new opinion as this scandal grows. This is apparently a thing that people do. Taking nude photos of yourself for personal reasons, for whatever reason — people do it. They have a reasonable expectation of privacy when they take private nude pictures. Regardless of the fact that many of these celebrities have appeared nude or nearly nude in movies or magazine photographs, these photos are still private, and the rush of people trying to get their eyes on it, truly makes that average person an accomplice to a crime.
I would like to urge people to not get excited about these pictures and not to throw attention toward them, but I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir.
Let’s focus our energies on fully clothed photos of celebrities, shall we?