Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Hacking Nude Photos of Celebrities

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

I see nothing wrong with even “good girls,” like Vanessa Hudgens and Scarlett Johansson, taking nude selfies to share electronically with their lucky boyfriends. I distinguish them from “bad girls,” like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, who do the same (and a lot more), and then arrange for them to be “hacked” for purely commercial purposes.

This is why I think the paparazzo who hacked nude photos from ScarJo’s phone and sold them to a celebrity website should be prosecuted.  In fact, he/she should suffer the same social and legal consequences as the infamous P.I. who hacked private information from the phones of ordinary citizens and sold it to a British tabloid.

We all have a reasonable expectation that strangers will not be tapping our phone conversations. That same expectation obtains with respect to hacking pictures from our phones.

Not to put too fine a point on it, even though a prostitute sells her body, she has every right to object to being raped. Likewise, even though an actress appears nude in films, she has every right to object to her nude photos being hacked.

That said, I looked at the hacked photos at issue … for purely editorial purposes. ScarJo looks more like a Botticelli muse than a Playboy playmate in all of them.

Therefore, instead of demanding an FBI investigation, she would’ve been well-advised to let these sleeping dogs lie.

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