Put the Nudes Down Please! #StopCelebrityShaming

shamingSo by now, you’ve all heard the big, shocking news story from labor day weekend:

The Man behind the ALS ice bucket challenge is now a dad! Even if you’re not a fan of the latest social media trend, you have to admit that this news warms your heart a bit. (Maybe even enough to make that bucket of ice lukewarm!)

But as great as that news is, there was some not great news as well. A large number of nude celebrity photos were leaked online this weekend. Some of the celebrities targeted included Ariana Grande, Lea Michele and Victoria Justice. Of course, some of these pictures turned out to be completely fake. However, some have been confirmed as real. Most notably of all, Jennifer Lawrence rep’s confirmed that her photos were real. But instead of debating the authenticity of these photos, we should all focus on one fact:

They were stolen.

Since they were, I think we should all take a pact to not look at them. Or google them. Don’t even youtube them. Similarly to bullies, the only way to show these hackers up is to not indulge in them at all, rather, we should focus on the full persecution of those who let these photos out. It’s their fault that they are out there, not Jennifer Lawrence’s.

“But she took them! It’s her fault the naked pics exist!”-some day. And to an extent, that’s a credible argument. You should try to avoid taking pictures/recording events that you wouldn’t want a large audience to see. For example, I had to take my sister to the smash hit (Hah!) Bratz movie a number of years ago. We took a picture outside of the theater in front of the display to commemorate the moment. You won’t find that on facebook, but maybe if you hacked my computer. Which circles back to Jennifer Lawrence.*

*(I apologize for associating Jennifer Lawrence, even indirectly, with the Bratz motion picture).

Yes, maybe Lawrence should have exercised more caution before taking nude photos. But you cannot criticize her unless you yourself have never, ever, ever taken or been in a photo that you wouldn’t show to your priest, family or another family group. And again, critics are making it seem like Lawrence is responsible for something so risqué while the person who actually committed the crime simply took advantage of her situation. Hmm…for some reason, that sounds oddly familiar to much more heinous crime that I can’t think of right now…

Another story that broke over the weekend revolved around questionable comments that Ceelo Green made regarding sexual assault. The comments he made, were completely inappropriate. No matter how you interpret what Ceelo was saying, it was clearly not the time or the outlet to express his opinion on the subject. As of this writing, Green took down his account due to public pressure. The question is:

Is this any more justified?

I would argue that it is. Unlike Lawrence, Green was directly responsible for his tweet. He placed the content out there himself and is subject to any consequences. People had every right to call him out and wasted absolutely no time in doing so. Hopefully, not too many people were offended before the comments were largely removed. You could still search for them through leaked screenshots, keeping in mind one thing: the statement was originally made to be public.

So at the end of the day, is it right to pass judgment on these celebrities? To #celebrityshame? In general, I’d say no. We have far too much insight into celebrities’ lives as it is. We know dating histories, blood types and even have middle school photos for most celebs! (Fun to look at). When we get into private affairs becoming public, such as emails, phone calls, and elevator videos, we should try to exercise discretion in indulging in them. It doesn’t matter if they were leaked. It doesn’t matter if they shouldn’t have said or done a certain thing. It doesn’t even matter if you like them or not. If the video/pic/phone call is not endangering anyone’s lives or does not contain some sort of threat, then no one should be involved but the celebrity.

Promise me that internet, won’t you? Think about if you ever became famous. Don’t you want that Bratz picture hidden away for all time?

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