Jennifer Lawrence has finally spoken out about the nude photo hacking scandal that erupted a month ago. The actress went incommunicado after several hacked photos of her were published on 4chan, along with images of other celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Kate Upton.
In an exclusive interview to Vanity Fair’s Sam Kashner, Lawrence revealed that she was tempted to write a statement once news broke of the leak but was too distraught to finish it.
“Every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
She says that her celebrity status does mean it is acceptable to violate her privacy.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she says. “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.”
She also refuses to term the ‘fappening’ a scandal.
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime.It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
Quite understandably, Jennifer is also upset with the people who have seen those pictures, which includes people she ‘knows and loves’.
“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.”
For the self confessed daddy’s girl, the most harrowing experience was the phone call she made to her father once the photos went online.
All of this is eerily reminiscent of the Deepika Padukone cleavage row that erupted little over a week ago. Of course, in Deepika’s case, it was not an unknown hacker but a prestigious publication that zoomed into her cleavage and and she took them to task for it. Both Lawrence and Padukone make the same point in their rebuttal: Just because I am a public figure that has posed provocatively before does not mean you’re allowed to objectify me.
“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what’s happened … I don’t care how much money I get for The Hunger Games,” she declares. “I promise you, anybody given the choice of that kind of money or having to make a phone call to tell your dad that something like that has happened, it’s not worth it”
“Time does heal, you know,” she tells Kashner. And the FBI pursuing the case actively has lessened her problems a little. “I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”
Jennifer Lawrence Image Courtesy : Matt Hollyoak