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Jennifer Lawrence Says Don’t Look At The Pictures

October 7, 2014

Vanity Fair has an interview out wherein Jennifer Lawrence addresses the stolen nude photos.  She says that it was a sex crime, and she addressed the complicity of everyone who looks:

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”

Here’s how I look at it.  I imagine she was my neighbor, my friend, and she came and knocked on my door and told me that her account was hacked and someone might send me nude photos, and would I please delete them and not look at them.  Would I really look at them anyway?  No, I wouldn’t, and so I didn’t.  Some folks may be saying to themselves, “well, I looked.  Are you saying you’re a better person than me?”  I am saying that. I’m saying that because the victim is saying that.  And I’ll tell you what I tell my kids:  you can’t change the past, but you can change the future.  Unfortunately there will be a next time, and next time you can make the right choice.

I suspect, if this experience hasn’t completely soured her on it, Jennifer Lawrence will eventually do a nude scene in a major movie, in a way she has some say in.  Hopefully it will be work she’s proud of, and she will want us to show up to see it on the big screen, and if and when that film comes out, I’ll be happy to pay up and stand on line.  That’s what I’d do if she was my friend, and that’s what I’ll do as a fan.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. William permalink
    October 7, 2014 4:30 pm

    Well put.

    For me the easy comparison is a peeping Tom. If I were walking by a neighbor’s house where, say, a curtain had blown open and exposed someone naked, would I gawk? No. The moment I got an eyeful I’d look away.

    And if, as is the better analogy here, somebody on the street had pushed the curtain to the side and said, “Hey buddy, check this out,” I definitely wouldn’t look. Indeed, I’d give them what for and possibly call the police as well.

    That we can’t see the creep and that the naked person can’t see us doesn’t change the moral dimension of this. It obscures it, sure, because the actions people take to look at Lawerence’s photos feel familiar and unexceptional: googling, clicking, ogling. But I think that she’s right that looking makes people complicit in a sex crime, just like everybody in a crowd of peeping Toms.

  2. October 7, 2014 5:24 pm

    Reblogged this on The Order of the White Feather and commented:
    I agree. If you looked, you are complicit in a sex crime. Period.

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