Lena Dunham has a word of advice on how to handle conversations around the nude celebrity photos leaked over the weekend: don’t blame the victim.
In an acid tweet, the “Girls” star compared remarks like “don’t take nude pics if you don’t want them online” to dismissive attitudes about rape.
The “don’t take naked pics if you don’t want them online” argument is the “she was wearing a short skirt” of the web. Ugh. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
On Sunday, a 4chan user posed revealing and nude photos supposedly hacked from the iCloud accounts of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Lea Michele.
While some have wisely pointed out that this huge breach of privacy is akin to a sex crime, media outlets from People Magazine to CNN have referred to the incident as a “scandal,” a term which places responsibility squarely on the victims’ shoulders.
On Monday, Dunham sent out a slew of tweets denouncing the language used to describe the leak, and called on people to stop sharing the images:
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
Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
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
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Lena Dunham On Leaked Celebrity Photos: Don't Blame the Victim