Jennifer Lawrence Naked

Jennifer LawrenceI could let today go past without mentioning the biggest news of the day. No, it’s not innocents being killed in Syria, or the war in Ukraine, but leaked naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

It led to an article and a heated debate in The Guardian newspaper stating “If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures, you’re perpetuating her abuse

Miss Van Badham says “There are suggestions that prosecution may result not only for the hacker of the photos, but for those who view and share them. Good. To excuse viewing the images just because they’re available is deplorable”.

I perhaps should not be surprised that the Guardian publishes such rubbish because it reflects the way today’s society is going – an over reaction to ‘what are in the end are minor matters’. Jennifer will get over it one day! But there are two or even three confused arguments to Miss Badham’s piece. First, there is the subject of what is public verses private. UK law in some ways does not help as Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 made it illegal for anyone to photograph, a girlfriend, boyfriend or partner in an act which results (or is likely to result) in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals. A law in my view is open to interpretation and basically means the state can snoop on anyone’s private space should they think you could be up to such acts in the privacy of your bedroom. Certainly, the line between private and public is blurred.

Second, there is the subject of the criminal act of hacking. Yes, whoever did the hacking did a criminal act, I don’t think there is much more to say on this. However, Miss Badham’s article goes beyond this stating anyone who looks at these photo’s is basically also participating in the same criminal act as the hacker. This is a very false, but worry new idea, that has been emerging since the hacking and sex abuse scandals.

It reminds me of some very old Christian theology – we (humans) all share in Adam’s downfall, we are all sinners, because we are son’s of Adam therefore share in the first sin. Now, I believe that most people feel this not to be true. Let us look at it in another way… buying a packet of cigarettes or a bottle of wine contributes to the profits of companies who, lets face it, contribute to the deaths of thousands of people every year. Because I’m participating in these things does it mean I’m perpetuating to the deaths of these people? The answer is no! The hacker illegally obtained these pictures and will face the consequences law (maybe), there is no transference of his criminal act on someone viewing a picture.

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