Scott Alden wonders why so many people think it’s Scarlett Johansson’s fault that her private, nude pictures were leaked.
The Internet is all bent out of shape today over what could be considered the Holy Grail of leaked nude photos: Scarlett Johansson. It’s the same story as countless times before—celeb takes naked pics of self, celeb’s phone/computer/computer gets hacked, everyone in the entire world sees celeb naked, everyone blames the celeb.
The reactions to the ScarJo leak have so far been no different.
“We expected her to be a little smarter than this!” declared a clearly disappointed Perez Hiton.
Gizmodo ran the pics with the words “You Asked For It” covering Johansson’s breasts.
Maybe it’s just me, but this sounds an awful lot like blaming a rape victim for “dressing too slutty” or “being in the wrong part of town.”
Scarlett Johansson took private photos of herself which were stolen by hacker and people think that “she should have known better” is a fair reaction? How about we blame the guy who stole the pictures and put them on the Internet? You know, the person who committed the crime instead of the person who “invited” it by doing nothing but expressing her sexuality in a way that she has every right to—famous or not.
Here’s the bottom line: it doesn’t matter if she knew she was being targeted. It doesn’t matter how many other famous women have been victims of hacking before her. It doesn’t matter how much more careful she could have been. Celebrities have the right to take naked pictures of themselves for their private use. In fact, everyone does. And they have the right to share them with people they trust as part of a totally healthy sexual relationship, even if it increases their risk of exposure.
It’s not Scarlett Johansson’s fault that their are naked pictures of her on the Internet. The only who should be shamed here is the hacker.
This post originally appeared on HowAboutWe.com.
Scott Alden is a staff writer at HowAboutWe. He spends the majority of his time thinking about dating, writing about dating and, sometimes, actually dating. He lives in New York City.
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