Celebs Speak Up About Those Leaked Nude Photos

set the record straight

The Internet has spoken.

Sep 1, 2014 | 09:38 PM

Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst, and Ariana Grande were among the estimated hundred of celebrities whose private cell phone photos were accessed and disseminated from a cloud-based storage network yesterday. 

Many of the photos were shared on content-sharing site 4chan, where the hackers promised even more images. While Apple hasn’t confirmed that the storage network is specifically iCloud, many have speculated that it might be the source. This major violation of privacy saw the internet sharing and duplicating the images, and the hacks were trending on Twitter and other social networks, prompting varied responses from the celebrities or their spokespeople.

According to Buzzfeed, authorities aren't exactly certain of the identity of those behind the photo nightmare; while there have been some ideas, there has been no official confirmation nor legal action taken yet.

Jennifer Lawrence’s spokesperson said, “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.” Buzzfeed also reached out to some publicists for information; like other photos, Ariana Grande's were confirmed fake.

Other celebrities decided to speak for themselves on the matter. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, also targeted, decided to respond directly via Twitter:

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney also spoke out, instead choosing to use a bit of humor to tackle the awful situation:

Victoria Justice also used Twitter to share her thoughts:

Many sites chose to display the photos, which were circlulating the web late Sunday night—a poor ethical decision to say the least.

Long-time celebrity blogger Perez Hilton originally published censored versions of the some of the images, but later realized that his actions were actually enabling the violation. He removed the images and apologized, saying: 




Other celebrities, like Lena Dunham and Seth Rogan, used their social media influence to get people thinking on the ethics of the leak: 



Whether the photos are real or not, the act of stealing images from a person’s private cell phone or sharing fake images of a person (in any way) is a violation of privacy and a huge show of disrespect for all involved. Our hearts go out to the many who experienced such a public violation.

Cover image credit: Getty Images

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