New Delhi, Sept. 4 -- Celebrities from across the globe have condemned the leaking of nude photos of Hollywood divas, including actors Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, by a group of internet hackers.
"Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy," actor Emma Watson tweeted on Tuesday, a day after the incident, possibly reacting to comments from various internet users like: "Don't take naked photos if you don't want them leaked,' and "They're actors and everyone sees them naked, anyway."
Popular comedian and actor Seth Rogen too, lashed out at those who were sharing the photos and talking about it on social media.
"Posting pics hacked from someone's cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise. I obviously am not comparing women to merchandise. Just legally speaking, it shouldn't be tolerated to repost stolen pics (sic)," he wrote on Twitter. Singer Lena Dunham, also tweeted, "Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay.".
The hackers have claimed that they have nude and intimate photos of 101 Hollywood actors, hacked from their phones. Meanwhile, legal reps of Lawrence and Upton have admitted that the photos are genuine and called it a "flagrant violation of privacy, and outrageous violation of privacy," The photos of Lawrence include several topless selfies.
Bollywood lashes out
Someone hacked into their phones and leaked their private picture. Now, that's crossing the line. I'm ready to laugh at myself and not afraid to make a fool of myself. As an actor, that's the first thing we are taught at acting schools. But whatever happened to them, is unacceptable!"
- Sonam Kapoor, actor
Personal lives are personal and anyone who doesn't respect that boundary should try and put themselves in the same situation and see how it feels. Public figures are public and their personal lives are personal.
- Aditi Rao Hydari, actor
Our body is the only thing that is left private to us in this world! How can someone use unauthorised photos of someone else at their most personal and intimate moment? Anyone who leaks nude photos of people should be prosecuted the same way someone who rapes, molests and abuses. They are taking away a person's privacy at every level and stripping them of their dignity, causing public humiliation and shame, leaving them broken. Everyone should have their right to protect their sacred space.
- Nargis Fakhri, actor