Here at Moviepilot, we've written extensively on the victim-blaming surrounding this year's celebrity nudes leak, but it seems that some people still haven't received the message. This week, the University of Strathcylde in Glasgow decided it would be a good idea to reference Jennifer Lawrence to help promote its internet security campaign.
Here's the poster that majorly misses the mark:
While the ad does manage to promote the use of strong passwords (a respectable effort for those of you clinging to "password123" for all your accounts), it inadvertently drags Jennifer Lawrence through the mud. By reducing the issue of invasion to the strength of her password, the ad implies that Lawrence would have avoided the entire ordeal if she simply did a better job of protecting herself. Victim-blaming at its finest.
I understand that this was a huge news story of 2014 and that Jennifer Lawrence remains one of the biggest stars around, but exploiting someone's invasion of privacy is just inexcusable.
Now, we obviously have no idea what Jennifer Lawrence's password was, but I think we can agree that no matter how many numbers and symbols it contained, the hacker would still find a way into her iCloud. While it may not make for a pithy tagline, he is the one that should be feeling embarrassment, not someone whose only crime is being desirable.
Since the backlash, the university has offered an apology and promised to remove all the posters from campus. It seems that the University agrees that it's no fault of JLaw's that her nude photos were stolen and leaked.
Do you agree with the response to the poster, or do you think the backlash is undeserved?