Let’s recount to the younger years of celebrity scandals: There was Paris Hilton with her leaked (some might say ‘planned release’) pornographic video, Kirsten Dunst caught with her top lifted by the waves, and Sienna Miller found floundering around with an already-married Balthazar Getty in some uncompromising pictures. Nowadays, however, celebs have been releasing more and more of their personal material, crying out that ‘hackers’ were the cause of their poor situation.
Vanessa Hudgens comes to mind, especially after several nude pictures of her (supposedly taken for her then-boyfriend Zach Efron) were plastered all over the internet. Take into mind that she was still a High School Musical darling, meaning that parents were shockingly (sarcasm in that word) outraged that their childrens’ idols were not up to snuff on safe sexual practices (i.e. keep it in the bra and panties). Once again, a mere year or two later, more nude photos were leaked of Hudgens. Even more odd is that they are supposedly a year younger than the first leaked pictures, leading to quick deletions of what most wrongly consider ‘child pornography.’ Now, just in our day and age, a mere month ago, even more racy pictures of Hudgens have been plastered once more, albeit censored. This time, Hudgens appears to be in a split-eagle position nude, as well as having a lesbian frolicking with another teen actress. Now, my question is: Vanessa, what exactly were you expecting?
Let’s take a look at how the internet works today. The fact is that, due to net neutrality, practically anything can be found, no matter how illegal. Hackers especially can insert themselves into even the most acclaimed security hardware and crack through the codes. Files can be easily stolen, hard drives can be completely wiped, and cellphones can be easily tracked and located.
So, Vanessa, why bother creating nude photos of yourself in the first place? I mean, I can understand if you think of it as ‘arty’, but the fact is you already are in that physical body of art. If you want to share it with others, you’ll have to actually physically be with them instead of send a little file that is a recording of your body. Because it is a file, meaning portability, it’s already too easy for anyone to get a peek at it. Nude pictures and videos just create unnecessary complications, especially in the eyes of the public.
Remember: this stuff doesn’t just happen in the celeb life. It happens all throughout the world. Even the most secure software won’t protect a regular citizen’s computer from being tracked by a hacker. If that citizen has stuff on their computer that they don’t want anyone to see, then they shouldn’t have had it in the first place. Delete your evidence, people, or you will find yourself in a trial where the evidence will get you into deep trouble.