By now most of you are aware of the stolen photos that popped up online over the weekend. Some of you sought them out, and others may have had them magically appear on your timeline or in an e-mail. A few of you may have even posted a comment. I’m not here to scold or judge.
Or am I?
The bottom line is that this is an invasion of privacy; of this there can be no arguement. This is no different than someone breaking into your house and taking your private property from a safe or some other secure place. If they were taken from “the cloud,” whatever the hell that is, the analogy would be someone broke into a deposit box at the bank. In other words: they were entrusted to a facility for safe keeping.
If you believe that these celebrities shouldn’t have taken the photos in the first place, then you are blaming the victim. Yes, sometimes we should be a aware of our surroundings. If we are in a “bad neighborhood” for whatever reason, it does not mean that we should forfeit our rights to not be violated.
A popular phrase is, “That’s why we can’t have nice things,” and there is a lot of truth in that statement. If you have an expensive pair of sneakers and someone steals them, who is at fault? If you have a collection of rare vinyl records and someone breaks into your house and takes them, who is to blame?
Another factor at work here is some people have an obsession/fascination with nudity; especially when it comes to female celebrities. I don’t know who the first famous female was, but I am certain that there was a dude-bro who said, “What I wouldn’t giveth to see her breasticles,” or however they spoketh back in the day. I don’t know and my ancient history professor is on sabbatical.
To make matters worse, there were abundance of people, and I use that term with immense reservations, that felt the need, dare I say “right,” to comment on the stolen pics. If you think this is covered by the First Amendment, then you need to consult a Constitutional Law professor. If you think it’s a God given right, seek out a member of the clergy. Yeah, you can say what you want, just realize it says more about you than it does the person that you are commenting on, who, more than likely, will never read what you have written.