“If they didn’t want the pictures to be seen, they shouldn’t have taken them.” Really?!?!

“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.

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