Why the leaked nudes of Leslie Jones are a bigger deal than it seems
This morning "SNL" cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones woke up to pictures of her own naked body on her website.
Hackers were able to gain access either to her iCloud or cell phone, as well as many of her passwords.
Then hackers posted a ton of private pictures, like her driver's license, passport -- and nude photographs, including ones that looked like she was in the middle of a sex act -- on her website. As well as a tribute to the Cincinnati Zoo's deceased gorilla Harambe. Connecting Jones, in a very racist way, to the primate.
The hacks have been taken down, and the FBI is now investigating. But, the story has been massively widespread and is spurring many debates about racism, privacy, online harassment and the sharing of nude pictures.
— Trisha Hershberger (@thatgrltrish) August 25, 2016
What happened to Leslie Jones today was not only a violation of privacy. It was also sexual assault.
— Andy Kenareki (@AndyKenareki) August 24, 2016
And the actress is also receiving tons of support online.
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ??
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016
these acts against leslie jones....are sickening. its racist & sexist. it's disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint "kids joshing round"
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 24, 2016
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) August 25, 2016
— ilana glazer (@ilazer) August 25, 2016
We #StandWithLeslie to call out injustice in all its forms. Women's bodies are not for your entertainment, your violation, or your ownership
— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 25, 2016
Apparently, you can't be black and a woman and in a beloved franchise without being humiliated and violated and abused. #StandWithLeslie
— Lukas Ridge (@LukasRidge) August 25, 2016
Jones, who is no stranger to online harassment, has been at the heart of the debate around hate speech online, especially on Twitter, this summer.
Earlier this summer Jones was repeatedly and viciously attacked online. Among other things, trolls called her a slew of racial slurs after Ghostbusters came out.
Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative writer with a massive online following, was the catalyst for many of these attacks when he criticized Jones and her role in the Ghostbusters' movie.
At the times Jones tweeted:
“Twitter, I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that. You can see on the…Profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It’s not enough to freeze Acct. They should be reported.”
In response, Twitter banned Yiannopoulos, although many are arguing that the writer himself wasn't harassing Jones and didn't summon his followers to do so either -- and that what he did do is protected by free speech and wasn't hate speech. But others argue that his pointed criticisms of the comedian spurred his followers to launch a vicious hate campaign that Twitter hoped to eliminate like a snake -- by cutting off the head.
Revenge porn lawyer Marc Randazza as well as many others believe that had Yiannopoulos not been blocked from Twitter, this hack probably would not have happened. He said:
"This guy’s got millions of fans, so just do the numbers, man. All you need is one out of 10 million to have the motivation to do this. Now, I’ll bet there was one in 100,000 that had the motivation to do this … maybe one in 200,000 had the motivation and the ability.”
What do you think? How should hate speech be tackled and monitored on the internet?
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Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.