Gabrielle Union was targeted in The Fappening
Gabrielle found out she had been targeted the day after she got married, when rumours began circulating that she was on the hacker’s master list and that her photos would be posted online soon
Gabrielle Union has hit out at the vile internet hackers that stole her nude photos and posted them online.
Gabrielle found out she had been targeted the day after she got married, when rumours began circulating that she was on the hacker’s master list and that her photos would be posted online soon.
“It felt like The Hunger Games : You’re waiting to be attacked” Gabrielle wrote, in an essay about the hacking that she wrote for Cosmo.
The star’s images were uploaded three weeks later, as Gabrielle enjoyed the final night of her honeymoon. She was notified by a friend who sent her a link.
“I called my reps and attorneys, pleading, “Get the photos taken down.” They said it takes time — the shots were spreading fast, to some 50 sites within the first few hours,” Gabrielle writes.
“Nude pictures of other celebrities were appearing in this second wave too, including Rihanna and a new round of Jennifer Lawrence shots. I thought, this is a targeted attack, a hate crime against women.”
Gabrielle continues: “Some people say the publicity surrounding the photos helps our careers. We don’t need this kind of press. Jennifer Lawrence is the face of two billion-dollar franchises. It’s not a career boost — it’s a new form of sexual abuse.
“Other people think that they are entitled to know everything about us because we are celebrities, in the public eye. No. If I show my husband my naked body, it doesn’t mean everyone gets to see it.”
And the actress insists she will not rest until this crime is solved.
“Apple has said the celebrity accounts were compromised by a targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions, and that iCloud was not to blame. I’m not so sure about that. I want to know more.
“I also want to know: Where are all the women’s groups, the feminists, demanding justice in this case? The silence is deafening. Any time you lose control over your body, it’s a violation and a crime. In addition, some of the stolen photos reportedly depict women when they were underage — that’s child pornography. I hope people think about all these things when they consider clicking on these private images.”