In response to the leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence that surfaced Sunday — and the threat from an anonymous poster on the content-sharing site 4chan that hundreds of nude images allegedly of stars such as Rihanna, Lea Michele, Kim Kardashian and many more could be leaked — a wide range of celebrities have come to the defense of the women.
“Girls” star Lena Dunham stood up for Lawrence and her fellow leak victims in a string of tweets that explained why searching for these images on the Internet is a huge violation of their privacy and argued that the hacker is a sex offender.
The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they’re a sex offender. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
Comedian Seth Rogen also took to Twitter in support of the victims by tweeting “Posting pics hacked from someone’s cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise,” and for clarification’s sake: “I obviously am not comparing women to merchandise. Just legally speaking, it shouldn’t be tolerated to repost stolen pics.” “Raising Hope” actor Lucas Neff made his support clear and tweeted “Stealing someone’s naked photos is the same as tearing someone’s clothes off in public. It’s sexual assault.”
Meanwhile, gold-medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney, an alleged victim of the hack, spoke out on Sunday night and joined pop star Ariana Grande and Nickelodeon actress Victoria Justice in saying that her photos were fake. “The fake photos of me are crazy!!,” she tweeted. “Was trying to rise above it all, and not give ‘the creator’ the time of day.”
And for one blogger, Hollywood and the public’s horrified reaction caused him to have a change of heart on the images. After posting the uncensored photos allegedly of Victoria Justice and Jennifer Lawrence on his celebrity gossip blog PerezHilton.com and getting an outraged response from his followers, Perez Hilton removed them and tweeted his remorse.
At work we often have to make quick decisions. I made a really bad one today and then made it worse. I feel awful and am truly sorry. — Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) August 31, 2014
But when all of Hollywood is seemingly coming to JLaw’s defense, someone has to be contrarian. On Monday morning, that person was British comedian and frequent stirrer-of-the-pot Ricky Gervais.
“Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer,” he tweeted to his nearly six million followers. He quickly deleted the tweet but not before people screenshot the original message and posted it again in an effort to make it go viral. Amid fierce backlash, he responded to his followers with “Thank God for common sense” and “Don’t do illegal things.”