Joe Francis isn’t buying Blake Lively‘s claim that the alleged nude photos that surfaced online this week aren’t of her—in fact, he tells HollywoodLife.com he believes the actress herself—or someone in her camp—leaked the racy photos!
“I would say 90 percent it’s an orchestrated attempt or act on her part [to raise her profile],” Francis, the founder of GGW Brands, which produces the Girls Gone Wild DVD series, tells HollywoodLife.com. “I’m not sure, but my inclination is that it’s coming from her. She knows what she’s doing or someone in her camp does.”
But what does Blake have to gain by releasing such pictures? “I think it’s a smart move. This will make her desirable,” says Francis, whose pals include a who’s-who of Young Hollywood. “It’s working because it’s getting wide coverage. This may be what she needed to get her name out there.”
Francis says the photos have helped boost Blake’s profile among the masses: “Look, mainstream U.S.A, other than the five people that watch ‘Gossip Girl’ have never heard of Blake Lively. This will catapult her into some of the top searches on some of the Internet sites which will then trigger a dramatic jump of interest in her, and therefore catapult her career.”
He points to the post-sex tape careers of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson as examples of how racy photos and videos may cause headaches for the celebrity in the short-term, but in the long-term, they reap the benefits of it.
He says, “Here’s the thing I’ve told all these girls about sex tapes and things like this: What people don’t understand is that you may go through a storm, but that storm is relatively short. And especially in the context of entire career or an entire life, you’re talking about a three-month or six-month controversy. People forget. People forget quickly.”
And considering the photos illustrate a hot-looking woman, he says there’s little Blake should be worried about. “I think she looks fantastic. She’ll be fine. Once you become a sex symbol and a symbol of sexuality, people start Googling you — and by the way, 95 percent of all searches done on the Internet are sex-related. Then they start tracking you, looking at you and then women become interested in you as person, because men are, and that catapults you into celebrity.”
Meanwhile, when asked if the nude photos of Blake Lively will hurt her career, Steven Hirsch, president of Vivid Entertainment tells HollywoodLife.com, “Providing that they really look great, nude shots of celebrities can boost their careers. Of course, we’re in the celebrity sex tape business and Kim Kardashian and Montana Fishburne are good examples of how our movies can ignite interest. If the celebs have talent and savvy, they will find that more doors will open for them.”