By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
It’s amazing to me that the we’re STILL talking about the celebrity nude photo leak almost two months after it happened, Save Jerseyans.
There isn’t any new information out there and, frankly, the trolls looking to get their kicks from nude photos are capable of doing it quietly.
Believe it or not, it’s the celebrities victims themselves are the ones keeping the proverbial ball in the air. And they’re saying some pretty crazy things. For more publicity? Who knows. They might just be crazy. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Jennifer Lawrence, the hacking incident’s most famous target, told VF’s Sam Kashner (via CNN) . “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
It’s not a scandal nor is it a sex crime, Miss Lawrence. It’s a property crime. Pure and simple. Don’t turn this into something it isn’t.
Hackers stole passwords and lifted approximately 200 “private” pictures of various A and B list Hollywood celebrities from their online cloud accounts. Criminally speaking, it’s not all that different from a thief breaking into your home and stealing a private sex tape. Revolting, wrong and prosecutable? You bet. Absolutely.
A sex crime? Nope. And more than a little disingenuous.
First and foremost, Hollywood sells sex. Ever since the beginning. Jennifer Lawrence is a rich woman because of sex.
I’ll never forget reading a memorably goofy Telegraph piece by a female contributor back in September, not long after the leak first blew up, complaining about how “we can safely assume that some aren’t just ‘looking’ at these private, nude photographs – they’re masturbating to them.”
I’ve got news for her: the only thing separating male imaginations from Jennifer Lawrence’s personal space in X-Men was some blue paint and a movie screen! And that’s just one movie from her catalog of scantily-clad appearances. No one cares when the photos or video images are legally distributed (and likely used, frequently, as an “aid” for private enjoyment) because, again, it’s BIG business.
What viewers are actually doing with the photos isn’t the issue! This feigned feminism after the crime is committed? Like I said… disingenuous.
Sex peddlers complaining about an over-sexualized culture isn’t the only irony here. You and I both know most of these gals are dyed-in-the-wool Obama liberals. Weren’t the hackers simply “redistributing” naked photographs to other folks, free of charge, who needed them more than the celebs themselves?
Kidding, of course. Any one of us out there would be mortified if someone violated our privacy like that. But what transpired this summer isn’t a sex crime. The hackers deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
All I’m saying? Rather than toss around load and ridiculous charges, these celebs should take a moment of quiet reflection to think about the kind of society they’re helping create, one in which there’s a thriving market for high-def sex, a prevailing attitude of indifference to and indignation towards the potential consequences of less-than-couth behavior (like photographing yourself naked and storing it online? Seriously?) and where respect for property rights (and female human beings, for that matter!) doesn’t seem to be on an upswing.