The News on Nudes: Students Weigh in on Recent Celebrity Nude Picture Scandal

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Jennifer Lawrence at a Hunger Games premiere. Photo from Creative Commons.

Kate Upton. Photo from Creative Commons
Kate Upton. Photo from Creative Commons

 Writer’s Opinion 

By: Lauren Wolfe, Social Media Manager

During this past weekend, over 100 celebrities’ accounts were hacked and their private pictures were leaked on the Internet in what is being called the biggest show business  hacking in history. Stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst were targets of the attack. Their nude photos were put up for the whole world to see, and it crossed a line for these actresses. The victims have contacted the FBI to make sure that the hacker will be punished for what he or she did. Most of the actresses have either addressed the hacking on their personal Twitter accounts or representatives for them have released statements to the media.

   In a statement to the media, a representative for Lawrence said, “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”  IT experts claim that the hacker broke into the iCloud through the “Find My iPhone” app. Reddit also made a move to stop the spread of the naked pictures on their forums. Recently, a survey was done that said nine percent of people admitted to taking nude photos, while 20 percent said they have received nude shots. This is up six and 15 percent, respectively, from 2012. Since naked photos seem to be on the rise, people can be more vulnerable to hacking.

This situation is being called a scandal, although it shouldn’t be. It isn’t the celebrities’ fault that their pictures were hacked and leaked on to the Internet. This a total violation of privacy. Yes, you could argue that they shouldn’t have taken the pictures in the first place but we could say that about anyone.They have a right to take whatever photos they want. Just because they are famous doesn’t take away their Fourth Amendment right to privacy. This Amendment states that we are protected from wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, which can include hacking. The celebrities are the victims in this situation and shouldn’t be criticized for what happened to them. Instead, we should be attacking the hacker. In what world is it alright for anyone to hack into our cell phones, our pictures, or our iClouds? No matter who is hacked, it is a total violation of privacy. These actresses didn’t send the pictures to other people, so they were not ‘leaked.’ Yes, we were all taught that we shouldn’t put anything on the Internet that we don’t want on there, but that doesn’t defend the right for someone to go into someone else’s personal life and potentially ruin each celebrity’s careers’.

   Until this point, Jennifer Lawrence had an almost clean image portrayed by the media. She didn’t do drugs, she didn’t go clubbing, and she hasn’t been arrested. She was looked up to by millions of teenage girls because of her portrayal as Katniss Everdeen in the famed “Hunger Games” movie series. She is remembered for tripping at the Oscars, her funny interviews and her relatable quotes. Now that these pictures have been released, this is all that will be talked about. Sure, maybe we will remember how she’s won two Oscars. Now every interview she has, that interviewer will probably try to bring up her nude photos. This shouldn’t be the case, because we should be remembering her for her acting and not how she looks naked.

   This brings up the concept of slut shaming. Slut shaming is calling out women for taking naked pictures of themselves or making them feel guilty or inferior for certain sexual behaviors that isn’t traditional to the public’s eye.  It isn’t the celebrities’ faults that their pictures were put on the Internet for all to see. They didn’t ask for it. Just because their photos are out there, they shouldn’t have to “own up to it” to the public. They have the right to take legal action against the hacker just like any other person would. So they took naked pictures on their phones and the pictures went into their iCloud. Maybe they didn’t know how the iCloud works or that it can easily be hacked into. Every time someone opens up a link to a celebrity’s picture and shares them to their friends, they are saying that this invasion of privacy was okay. It is further increasing the fact that we can slut shame these women, but that shouldn’t be the case at all. We should encourage people to not share these photos.

 

BVN Perspective 

By: Addison Schlatter, Staff Writer

Blue Valley North is a school that thrives on social media. North has a school Twitter for updates such a snow days, reminders of late arrivals, and any last minute news. There are also various class accounts geared towards spreading information like spirit days and sporting events. Several North teachers even use social media outlets like Twitter to post information about homework and class assignments. Naturally, for a school that spends so much time on social media, hearing about the compromise of celebrity accounts that are presumed to be heavily protected is unnerving.

“Anything over iCloud storage can be up for grabs,” said English teacher Todd Smith. “It’s really easy to think that we are all protected, and have secret lives, but if you put any secrets out there, there is a possibility people can find them. We live more and more in a glass bubble,” he said. To North students in particular, Smith gives the following advice; “[In regards to Lawrence] No material could have been shared if there wasn’t any material to begin with. You have to be careful that you’re not just throwing anything and everything out there.”

However, North sophomore Madison Hohl does not believe that the targeted celebrities should be held responsible for what happened.

“I don’t think they’re in the wrong for taking pictures,” Hohl said. “It isn’t fair that girls are expected to act or dress a certain way. Society is constantly asking for things like this– more sex culture, more sexy pictures, more sex in general. Yet when they get what they want, those that deliver it are considered ‘sluts.’”

Hohl also commented on the violation of privacy that Lawrence and other celebrities endured.

“It was totally an invasion of privacy, yes,” she said. “Her pictures were taken from her unwillingly; that shouldn’t happen to anyone.”

Senior Molly Lindsey also shared her opinion about the invasion of privacy, as well as who society believes is to blame in the situation.

“I believe her privacy was violated, but I also think it’s kind of naive to believe that we have any privacy to begin with. People should think before they post or send anything. That shouldn’t be the case, we shouldn’t be worried about photos leaking or things getting around, but as of now, thats just how things are,” Lindsey said.

In regards to how some members of society are putting Lawrence at fault for the release of the pictures, Lindsey questioned the lack of legitimacy and empathy in their arguments.

“I saw a quote somewhere that was like, ‘the “she shouldn’t have taken those pictures in the first place” is the “she shouldn’t have been wearing that short of a skirt” argument of the Internet age. You should be able to do whatever you want with your body because it’s your body. I don’t think it’s fair to tell the victim it’s their fault in any situation,” Lindsey said.

As for BVN, Lindsay thinks everyone should remain aware of the situation. “I think it affects everyone, everywhere. Anyone who has a cellphone, or who uses technology at all, could be in jeopardy, and the students of BVN need to be aware of that.”