“If they didn’t want the pictures to be seen, they shouldn’t have taken them.” Really?!?!
The next time a friend’s house gets broken into, I’m going to say: “Jeez, man. If you didn’t want your house to get broken into and your stuff stolen, you shouldn’t have lived in a house and bought stuff.” Or when their car gets stolen, I’ll say: “That sucks. But, you know, if you didn’t want your car to get stolen, then you shouldn’t have gotten a car.”
Because this is the argument you’re making when you say that those who had their nude pics leaked should rather not have taken the pics at all. I assume those photos were either taken for personal use and stored, or taken (and presumably sent) to a significant other. They weren’t intended for public consumption — if they were, they would have been shared on a public platform, don’t you think? Whether you mean it or not, you’re blaming them for having their privacy breached.
Does this amount to victim-blaming? I think so. And that’s not a good look on anyone.
My view on the leaked celebrity nude photos is a simple one: it was a break of privacy, plain and simple. It was theft of private data. Sharing them and viewing them is akin to using stolen property. And, I say again, that’s not a good look on anyone.
I think that if we were to sit down and really think about it — and chat and listen to various people — it might just change our minds and make us think things slightly differently.