A few months ago it was discovered that celebrity photos, most notably from Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked and leaked online. The story spread quickly, and it wasn’t long before everyone, and their neighbor’s mother-in-law, was talking about it. The range of opinions varied and people weren’t afraid to share them. Many felt it was a violation of her privacy, some actually went so far as to say ‘thank you’, while others felt she should have known better. Another case of victim blaming? That’s certainly how it feels to me.
Jennifer Lawrence sat down with Vanity Fair to open up about her feelings regarding the hack, and did so with maturity and strength. What she said should be mind-opening to some, but taking in even a handful of the comments made in reference to the article just shows the ignorance of many.
There should be no shame in taking photos of yourself, and certainly not in sharing them with someone you trust. Jennifer says it far better than I could:
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. ”
It was her choice to take the photos. Her choice to send them to someone she trusted. No where does that mean she deserved to be violated the way she was. She, and the others that were hacked, didn’t ask for this or deserve this kind of treatment. They’re only guilty of being human, of doing the same thing many of us have done and do on a regular basis.
The photos were hers to do with as she pleased, and they were stolen from her without any care as to how it would make her, or her loved ones, feel. It’s disgusting to think about, and makes me shake my head, full of disgust, that some people don’t see any issue with this. She didn’t ask for it. Simply taking photos doesn’t mean you’re asking for them to be stolen from you. That would be like saying you shouldn’t hang your laundry outside because you’re asking for someone to take them. Naturally, that reference doesn’t even compare, but that’s not the point. Having something doesn’t mean someone has the right to take it from you, no matter who you are or what it is. It’s never okay.
She goes on to say:
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”
So where does Pipedream come into all of this? Yesterday Xbiz posted an article highlighting a new Love Doll the company is planning to release. Not only is the product supposed to resemble Jennifer Lawrence, which in itself is disgusting given the situation, but it goes even deeper by playing off this violation of her privacy. Yes, the J-Law Hacked Love Doll can soon be purchased through Pipedream.
The tasteless package shows a Jennifer look-a-like dressed (sort of) as Katness Everdeen – a character she brought to life through the Hunger Games films. There are also suggestive selfies, covering the package, which I assume were intended to replicate the ones that were hacked. How can someone in the sex toy industry feel this is okay? We’re supposed to be a community of people encouraging others to learn about their bodies, to be unashamed of pleasure, and to take control of it. If that wasn’t enough, take a moment to read the product description:
“We’re not sure what came faster, news of J-Laws leaked selfies or the thousands of guys waiting for this day to finally come! She did the world a favor when her sexy selfies spread across the internet, and now Hollywood’s honey is getting naked for the money! If hacked cell phone pics weren’t enough to make J-Law our favorite new selfie slut, her brand new blowup doll is proof that this blockbuster babe is ready for primetime penetration! Just add air and this American hustler transforms into America’s hooker right before your eyes! There’s no silver lining to her 3 love holes, but if you add a little lube they feel great wrapping around every inch of your pleasure rod! Her cloud got hacked so you can get jacked!”
and from CEO Nick Orlandino,
“The publicity we receive when one of these celebrity dolls hits the market is priceless. Our customers will definitely experience rising sales as J-Law blows up — literally!”
She’s not getting ‘naked for the money’ and she wasn’t doing any favors, Pipedream is doing nothing more than taking a victim and profiting from it. Jennifer Lawrence didn’t ask for this, in fact, she boldly stated that anyone who even looked at her photos online should cower in shame – and she’s not wrong. She didn’t work with the company to create this product, she was victimized. And instead of people in the industry fighting with her, to hopefully protect others in the future, Pipedream is mocking it.
Not that this is the first product they’ve released that’s been abhorrent. There are many other products that come with racial and sexist advertising covering the packaging and description. What purpose does this serve? What kind of message is it sending? It’s not comical. It’s not sex positive. It’s almost 2015 – it’s about damn time this changes. There are many other companies who are profiting from products without making a mockery out of anyone. What’s your excuse, Pipedream?
I’m certainly not the only blogger speaking out about this. Please take a moment to read through these other articles: