In light of the horrible cyber attack against Leslie Jones - that left her both exposed via nude leaks and personal information - it's a reminder that leaks of celebrities are never warranted nor cool. With Leslie, it was as if the breach of privacy wasn't enough, there were serious racist and sexist elements to the attack, all as punishment for sticking up for herself.
In the past, some celebrities have let it go and others have gone to authorities—a route I'm glad to learn that Jones is taking. I not only hope that she overcomes any shame or embarrassment she may be feeling, and replaces it with pride in herself, her accomplishments, and her courage to take this sucker down.
Here is a list of 7 celebrity women who chose not to stay silent, but to take back the autonomy of their bodies, one action at a time.
1. . Ke$ha
Before Kesha was out here battling the courts for her freedom from an alleged oppressive (and shameful) situation at her music label, she became the victim of a leaked nude in 2010. The picture was tagged with the name 'DJ Stolen' and appeared to have been taken by the perpetrator on his phone. It was simultaneously released with a leaked song from the album she was working on, as well. The identity of the leaker has never been revealed and it may be better that way — the less press, the better. It may also be the reason why, fast forward to 2016, she decided to stick up for her body, her heart, and her soul when she pressed charges against her alleged abuser and producer, Dr. Luke. She's still fighting the battle today but she's gained so much support that I can't see her losing in the long run.
2. . Rihanna
Our beloved Rihanna is loved by many, and lusted by more. It's just a shame that some people would go to invasive lengths to bring their fantasies to (a small dose) of reality. However, the first nudes released in 2009 were rumored to be leaked by her ex, Chris Brown. This happened shortly after photos from the domestic abuse incident leaked, adding insult to injury. “I just felt like my whole privacy was taken before that [by the injury photo] and then, when that came out, I thought, ‘Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life,’" she said on NYC's Hot97 radio station at the time. "It was humiliating and it was embarrassing.” The second time came in 2014, when nearly everyone became victim of a major iCloud leak. By that time, she was well into her 'idgaf' phase, but I'm sure she'd have some words for the culprit.
3. . Jill Scott
Among the iCloud leak of 2014, Jill Scott was exposed for the first time. Luckily, the one with the most clothing on was the only one that was actually of the vocal powerhouse. The others that were leaked, she claims, were not her. And she went to Twitter to set the record straight after people had the nerve to publicly praise and ridicule her for them.
Good for her, for taking back her power!
4. . Kim Kardashian
I see your side-eye and I rebuke it! Sure, Kim Kardashian is the selfie queen...and we've all had a million and ten chances to see her naked via avenues she endorsed— and yet! There is no excuse for a breach of privacy. Around the time she had just revealed her glute-tastic Paper Magazine cover, that big iCloud leak showed a full-frontal pic that Kim would have never approved otherwise. "I feel violated because these are private pictures," she told Elle UK. "I didn't choose for them to be out there. But I'm also realistic. I'm on covers of magazines practically naked, so I can't go crazy about it. The only choice I can make is to not let it shake me up. I'm not having that choice taken away from me."
5. . Gabrielle Union
Another hit by the iCloud culprit? Gabrielle Union. She refused to do was stay silent (or shamed) about it. The ebony beauty penned an essay about it in Cosmopolitan's December 2014 issue and spoke very candidly about her feelings at Fun Fearless Life conference in New York City. "I didn't do anything wrong—no matter what people describe to me, 'It's your fault, you're stupid to take nude photos, that's what happens when you're a celebrity'—all this nonsense...they're criminals," she said about the hackers. "What you do with your own body is your choice. Period. There's no gray matter there. And when someone takes your choice away and your power away over your own body, it's a crime. Period. A hacking scandal? We're lessening it, making it more palatable for mass consumption, but it's a crime." Facts.
6. . Amber Rose
Two things we know about Amber Rose: she's fine AF and doesn't care that you've seen her naked—primarily because you ain't having no Muva fun if Muva ain't consent you none. Her slogan is basically 'why not?' In 2014, Rose leaked her own damn nudes, even while married to Wiz Khalifa at the time. She figured that she'd be ten steps ahead of the iCloud hackers and make sure the leaks were Muva-approved. "I could see if that was what she was doing while I’m with her or something like that and it was in a disrespectful way, but it’s nothing like that," Wiz said. "The biggest misconception about Amber is that she wants attention. Everybody thinks that she does stuff for attention and that she loves attention, but she’s really, really reserved and shy. She just gets attention ’cause she’s dope.”
7. . Scarlett Johannson
In 2011, Scarlett Johannson's nudes made an unknown website famous. There's no word on how these naked cellphone selfies got into the hands of another, but the internet lost its sh*t when it happened, broke the website that published it, and it spread like wildfire. Luckily, she got her lawyers on top of it ASAP and sent any and all outlets that published them a cease-and-desist order. "Just because you're an actor or make films or whatever doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy," she said to CNN. "If that is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong...[T]here are certain instances where you give a lot of yourself and finally you have to kind of put your foot down and say 'Oh wait, I'm taking it back.'"
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