In the wake of the massive leak of celebrity nude photos, there has been plenty said on all sides about whodunit, who should apologize to whom and the problem that is the Internet and our privacy. For those of you who don’t feel like wading through article after article to get caught up after residing under that rock known as class and studying let’s play some catch up.
Firstly, let’s realize that while everyone’s intrigued by the thought of admiring or picking apart their favorite actresses’ usually hidden assets, voyeurism is a crime. At the end of the day, looking at someone naked without their consent is known as a sex crime. It isn’t perhaps comparable to rape, as some anxious tweeters and status-updaters have cried, but no beuno nonetheless.
Why shouldn’t you look at them, though? According to Reddit’s attitude, once digital content exists, it should be free for everyone to see, right? Here’s the thing: when you victimize women for their sexuality, you become their abuser. Sure, JLaw and the rest may never know you exist and may never find out you were one of the hundreds of thousands to see their naked bodies — they may even have revealed more in photo shoots and movies! However, you’re perpetuating a culture that shames women for their sexuality. It’s humiliating to think that you don’t have full control over your own body.
Secondly, who’s the villain (or hero, depending on which side of the fence you’re on) that got hold of these precious photos and decided to just give them away?
It seems almost pointless now to be trying to find a mysterious pervert in a sea as vast as the Internet, but the FBI and several of the sites that (willingly or not) hosted these photos are on the trail. So far, we know that a sub-forum of 4chan (a lawless land in an already loosely policed universe) called AnonIB was the original dump site of the nudes. A user known as OriginalGuy has been blamed for much of the leaked photos. He is, however, merely one of the group who collected these photos over months, and likely had nothing to do with the actual hacking required to steal the photos.
OriginalGuy is receiving criticism from his community (AnonIB) for either leaking the photos or for not dumping even more. It seems that this leak was in response to a loss of value as more and more of his collection was acquired by others. In a frantic, frustrated move he decided to put a stop to the underground action by going public — very public.
Since his original upload, the photos spread to Reddit and beyond, downloaded back to personal computers and swiftly hunted down by “The Man.”
Celebrities have both confirmed and denied the legitimacy of the photos. They’ve apologized and voiced their outrage. There’s been tears, curiosity and — let’s be honest — much fapping.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of this scandal is how the photos were originally accessed. The iCloud’s being blamed, as well as their customers flippant regard for security measures. Apple has officially stated that there is no great flaw which allowed the leak. Instead, the tech giant blames weak passwords and a lack of employing their two-step verification system.
Regardless of the debates and scandals involved, this summer has officially gone out with a scandalous shout.