It seems like there are three general types of reactions to the nude photo leak involving Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Lea Michele, Hope Solo, and more than 100 other celebrities: 1) This is a horrible invasion of their privacy, 2) they got what they deserved for taking naked photos in the first place, and 3) how can I make a buck off this situation? The latter is what an artist known as XVALA must be thinking, because he's officially announced he's going to use hacked nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton in an upcoming show called "No Delete."
The photos will be printed life-size on canvas as the latest installment in XVALA's seven-year collection of leaked, hacked, or otherwise personal images found on Google of celebrities. According to his statement about the exhibit, "An individual's privacy has become everyone else's business" ... but personally, I hope a team of lawyers are waiting for this guy at the gallery.
Here's what his publicist says:
XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google' campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era. The commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today. We all become ‘users' and in the end, we become ‘used.'
So basically this guy is using the publicity about this latest leak to promote himself. He's not actually doing anything with the images, just printing them unaltered, so ... yeah. It's "art." Sure.
It'll be interesting to see what legal ramifications he'll face by announcing this. Jennifer Lawrence's legal team is clearly taking an aggressive stance with the situation, saying, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," and Kate Upton is reportedly talking to lawyers as well. But TMZ reports that in Lawrence's case, the copyright of the photos that aren't selfies belong to the person who snapped the pictures, not Lawrence herself, so there may be problems shutting down the people who publish them.
The photo leak raises a number of important issues, including Internet security, the right to privacy, and the overall exploitation of women online and off, but I can't see how this person is actually furthering the discussion by doing his part to promote the stolen private images and turn them into public pornography. I hope there's a legal recourse for Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and any other celebrities he's featuring in this so-called exhibit, and that his work gets exactly as much praise as his previous artistic projects, which involved literally digging through people's trash.
What do you think of this upcoming exhibit? Fair play to use the images or not?
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