There are those who make their bones by being the best, those who succeed by criticizing the best and then there are social media shamers. Social media shamers are people who busy their day with mindless gossip about people they either do or do not know. The shamer scale ranges from the occasional commenter to the full-blown hater and when a story like the celebrity hacking scandal surfaces, they pounce on it with the "Oh, I would never" argument.
The "Oh, I would never" argument is a put down wrapped in jealousy, disguised as a idle commentary. It can be expressed many ways but it all amounts saying someone has a problem that you would never have because you're somehow smarter. It's a pig calling itself skinny while standing next to a rhinoceros.
Now certainly, there are some valid points that the celebrity hacking scandal teaches us. Namely, that none of us have the expectation of privacy in the internet age of hackers. Our computers are just another safe criminals can crack and now they don't even have to leave their homes to do it. However, in the history of break-ins, rarely do you hear the neighborhood blaming the victim for the burglary. Here is a look at some of the meaner tweets of the celebrity hacking scandal.
Today, the twitterverse was abuzz with the leaked nude photos of singer, Jill Scott. Scott has an average woman's physique and has never been shy about hiding her curves. In fact, most of her songs contain lyrics discussing all the things she loves to cook. Curious fans wondering why she was trending today were subjected to explicit nude photos of her without warning. To add to this embarrassment, the comments rolled in about how she should be ashamed of her body, which she never chose to show in the first place.
It's your fault for taking the pictures
When it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was one of the targets of the scandal, the OIWN baiters came out in full force. Never mind the fact that she's apart of two successful film franchises and has won an Academy Award and two Golden Globes all before the age of 25. She posed nude and had the audacity to take a picture of it with her own phone and still have the expectation of privacy. Who does she think she is? "Oh, I would never".
Victorious star, Victoria Justice also had her photos leaked. At first she denied that the photos were of her, then she tweeted that she would take legal action in the matter.
Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put into the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake. I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in the situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights. - Victoria Justice
Like Jill Scott, the Nickelodeon star's pictures have not been removed by twitter yet. The tweeter (pictured right) thought this was a great time to insert a pun.
A deeper problem
There are many other celebrities who are affected by this scandal. Twitter is divided on how to address this issue with many siding with the victims while others are embarrassed for them. As with most heinous crimes, it takes a wealthy victim or a slew of repeated offenses for a story to gain national attention. However, the deeper issue here is not hacking.
Arguments could be made that the internet is like opening an invisible doorway into your life and the law's failure to catch up with the internet age can make anyone a potential victim, leaving their perpetrators uncontested and unpunished. However with any new technology, there have been and will always be a sector of people who will exploit it. Whether these social media shamers mean it or not, they are participating in this problem and are partner to the hacker and the people who intentionally searched for these photos online. It's criminal behavior and perhaps of all of the tweets, Lena Dunham's said it best.