Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hackers and Nude Photos

I'm sure everyone is well aware of the celebrity nude photo scandal that has practically blown up the internet the past two days. At first I felt unbelievably sad for those women. I know the boundaries of privacy for celebrities is blurred but to have someone hack into your personal account, take your personal, private photos and then post them for the world to see is appalling. Since these ladies are extremely famous celebrities, and we're all fascinated with every little detail about their lives, saying the world will see them is no exaggeration. 

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It's not bad enough now that people everywhere have instant access to these private photos (Lena Dunham put it perfectly when she said, "Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay," - Twitter) but the ignorance and lack of empathy that are displayed in the comments people are making is awful.

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Back home, there's this sexist radio station (they address their male listeners and talk about "your women". Did you cringe reading that?) and they were talking about the Justin Verlander/Kate Upton photo. Apart from having this fuel the fire for the claim that she's the reason he hasn't played that well this year (Heaven forbid it's his own fault) all they could say about his photo was about how lucky he is to be with her. Compare this with all the backlash against these celebrity women for taking nude photos where they are called derogatory words and looked down upon for taking these photos. 

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As if a complete invasion of privacy wasn't bad enough, now they have to deal with all of these mean, comments that totally lack empathy. When it comes down to it,  who are we to judge a person for what they do in their private lives, as long as it's not hurting anybody? 
 Most importantly, let's not forget . . .

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