Jennifer Lawrence has built an amazing brand throughout her young career. The celebrity nude photo hack that hit the internet a few weeks ago threatened to rock her public image, but she responded in one of the most awesome ways possible.
We already covered how graceful and brave she was to point out what was wrong with the leak and to stand up for her fellow victims' rights. But regardless of how you stand on the situation from a moral standpoint, she also added in an interview with Vanity Fair that there are real CRIMINAL implications to the situation:
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me."
For those who say the celebrities should be held accountable for taking the photos in the first place, I'd like to propose the groups who deserve real blame:
- It all starts with the people who originally hacked the photos and claimed to have made a profit. What those people did is, simply put, clearly a crime.
- Next, there are those who distributed the photos, without the permission of the women in the photos. Also a crime.
- The people who run the websites that hosted the nude photos or included them in articles are not guilty of a clear crime - but even that might be changing. Regardless, they certainly aided the criminals.
- Lastly, the people who downloaded the photos are also to blame. I equate this to a person who buys a TV on Craigslist with the knowledge that it was stolen from a shipping truck.
So, is it OK that an anonymous group of crooks stole these photos and bragged about making tremendous profit from them?
Good for Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out about it, but stepping beyond the finger-pointing at celebrities to focus on the real issue. She made a great point that it's insane to think that someone could make an actual profit off of this. Maybe her words will even inspire a few politicians to propose a bill cracking down further on crimes of this nature.
J-Law, keep telling it like it is...
(Source: Vanity Fair)