Guest Post by: Alexa Hackfort, aspiring communications professional
It seems privacy and celebrities don’t mix well. From Kate Middleton’s encounter with the paparazzi to Adele’s son winning a lawsuit for pictures taken of him, it appears that celebrities have to constantly fight for their privacy.
But do they deserve this privacy?
I think they deserve some. Many actors and musicians became famous for something they love to do. It’s their job. It’s how they provide for their families. While some may have wanted the fame that comes with it, not all have that goal in mind.
So yes, many of the celebrities do deserve privacy. But will they get it? Not necessarily.
Knowing information about celebrities isn’t a right or a need, it’s a want. Some people want the latest gossip on the people they see on TV and the Internet, just like some people want to know what’s going on with their neighbors.
So when more than 200 photos of celebrities were shared on the Internet from personal iCloud accounts, many of them nude photos, I felt bad for them. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton were targeted, as well as Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, who was under 18 at the time the photos were taken, making this a child pornography issue.
Kirsten Dunst criticized Apple for not having enough security for iCloud, but Apple stated that it wasn’t an iCloud security issue. These hackers did research, and with a little bit of luck, they figured out email addresses and passwords for these accounts.
Some may argue that celebrities shouldn’t have had any nude photos on their iCloud accounts at all. While that may be sound advice for everyone, I can only guess how many non-celebrities have nude photos saved electronically, but they weren’t the ones hacked. The hackers targeted people who are well known.
Lena Dunham, of Girls fame, made some comments on Twitter about the leak and those who chose to view the photos. One of them was “Remember, when you look at these pictures, you are violating these women again and again. It’s not okay.” Not only are the hackers unethical, but the viewers are also unethical. Choosing to look at something so personal and private, which was posted without the owners’ permission, is wrong.
Celebrities may spend much of their time in the limelight, but they deserve to have their privacy respected. Yes, paparazzi may snap pictures of them going to Target or running another ordinary errand. However, posting these pictures crossed a line. Celebrities have had too much of their private lives revealed to the world. That’s something no one would want, famous or not.