Clay Aiken says celebs who take 'inappropriate' pictures 'deserve what they get'. Really?
Why would anyone say that celebrities deserve to have their pictures stolen and posted online for the world to see?
In the last month, notorious hackers have exposed personal pictures of a slew of A-list celebs online after illegally accessing Apple's iCloud universe, a space for users to store their digital properties.
But, American Idol season two runner-up Clay Aiken, who is headed into politics, said that "anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get," The Washington Post reported.
Here's the problem.
Taking nude pictures is not unlawful, although the dissemination of such pictures involving minors is.
What a person does privately, or within the confines of a relationship - yes, even if it's aided with visuals - is no one's concern.
If one says they deserve it, are we validating the actions of these misogynistic hackers?
Truth is, nobody deserves to be exploited just because they take a different route from the horse-and-buggy conservatives.
These women were clearly targeted because of their fame - a side effect of their job - and they were failed by cyber security.
They didn't take the pictures for anybody else but themselves and their partners (if at all).
The first expose earlier this month affected stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne. The second, which happened last weekend, affected Gabrielle Union, Kim Kardashian, Mary-Kate Olsen and Lawrence again.
Aiken later added: "Of course whoever (stole and released the photos) should be hogtied. And it's unfortunate that we don’t have Internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff."
Privacy is a right immaterial of what's done - within legal boundaries, of course.
Imposing orthodox views on this situation is nothing short of prejudice.