So. THAT naked photo hacking scandal.
When it comes time to look back on 2014, and its key iconic moments, there will surely be few that trump the general outcry after a huge number of female celebrities found themselves the victims of an active campaign of bullying, harrassment and abuse after images of them in varying states of undress were leaked onto the internet. As the story progressed, it seemed to slowly change the status of leaked nude celebrity images from a popular form of titillation, to a rightly vilified form of sexual harassment. Which, it just so happened, was massively illegal.
Which is a good thing, obviously, but it doesn't exactly turn back time and take away the terrible harm the images did to the women involved - as actress Anna Kendrick pointed out during a recent interview with Marie Claire:
“I’m so infuriated on behalf of those girls. And bummed out that people feel like that’s something they can do.”
Kendrick goes on to reveal that, though she hasn't herself been victimized as part of the scandal, she understands the cultural pressure on women to conform to a certain ideal of beauty, identity and sexual behavior that has at times seemed to be at the core of the whole debate:
“The most common thing that I get is, ‘Am I the only one who doesn’t think that Anna Kendrick is pretty?’ And you’re like, ‘No, you’re not the only one. Arguably, all of the boys in my high school agree with you.’”
Which is, in and of itself, an awful to have someone say about you - but doubly so because that exact form of harassment is a basic building block of generic, old school misogyny - the exact kind that the naked photo hacking scandal was based upon.
What do you guys think? How 'bummed out' about the naked phone hacking are you?