For the first time since she was the victim of nude photos being leaked in the Fappening, the actress says that those responsible for hacking into her personal photos should be criminally prosecuted.
Gabrielle Union is not happy. The actress addressed the celebrity hacking scandal, Nov.9, at the Fun Fearless Life conference in NYC, and she told the audience that she believes that the only reason why this breach of privacy hasn’t been taken more seriously is because those targeted were celebrities.
Gabrielle Union Speaks Out On Nude Photo Scandal: ‘I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong’
Gabrielle, 42, told those in attendance, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
She went on to say: “No matter what people describe to me, ‘It’s your fault, you’re stupid to take nude photos, that’s what happens when you’re a celebrity’—all this nonsense…they’re criminals. What you do with your own body is your choice. Period. There’s no gray matter there. And when someone takes your choice away and your power away over your own body, it’s a crime. Period. A hacking scandal? We’re lessening it, making it more palatable for mass consumption, but it’s a crime.”
Gabrielle was one of many celebrities affected, including, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst.
“Over a hundred women were targeted,” Gabrielle said. “If these women weren’t celebrities, there would be much more outrage, but because we’re female celebrities, ‘we weren’t good victims and we enjoyed it, all PR is good PR.’ That’s what they say.”
She said that when the photos leaked, she was vacationing with her husband, Dwyane and their children. At the time, she released the following statement:
“It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures.
“I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide.
“For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes – We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong.”
Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out About Hacking Scandal
Jennifer spoke out in the November issue of Vanity Fair and also called the leak a “crime.”
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she said. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. ”
HollywoodLifers, we are so glad that she has spoken out!
— Chloe Melas