Jennifer Lawrence: Nude Photo Hacking Was a Sex Crime

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

If there was ever any doubt that Jennifer Lawrence is
as tough, wise, and well-spoken as the heroines she
plays in movies, it’s just been put to rest.

After her phone was hacked and intimate photos of her were
posted online for everyone to see, she experienced a
wide range of emotions — but ultimately, anchored
her response on reason.

“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an
actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” the 24-
year-old told Vanity Fair. “It does not mean that it
comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should
be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is
absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live
in that kind of world.”

The Hunger Games star then argued the severity of
the issue at hand. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex
crime,” she declared. “It is a sexual violation. It’s
disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we
need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible.”

Even though she understands their motives for
posting the intimate images doesn’t mean she can
truly comprehend their actions. “Just the fact that
somebody can be sexually exploited and violated,
and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is
to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me,” she
lamented before adding, “I just can’t imagine being
that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being
that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

Perhaps more shocking still was the fact that it wasn’t
just strangers looking at the racy shots. “Even people
who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the
pictures,'” she revealed. “I don’t want to get mad, but
at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that
you could look at my naked body.” She also went on
to argue, “Anybody who looked at those pictures,
you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame.”

But the hardest part for the Oscar-winning actress
wasn’t millions of strangers gaping at photos meant
only for her private use. It was notifying her father.
“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and
tell him what’s happened. … I don’t care how much
money I get for The Hunger Games, I promise you,
anybody given the choice of that kind of money or
having to make a phone call to tell your dad that
something like that has happened, it’s not worth it.”
Yet, in true Lawrence form, even in this moment she
saw the silver lining. “Fortunately, he was playing
golf, so he was in a good mood,” she quipped.

Right after the photos were leaked, her first instinct
was to write a statement. “I started to write an
apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry
for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for
four years. It was long distance, and either your
boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to
look at you,” she reasoned, referring to ex-boyfriend
Nicholas Hoult. “Every single thing that I tried to write
made me cry or get angry.”

Yet, she’s not mad anymore. “Time does heal, you
know,” she explained. “I’m not crying about it
anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my
happiness rest on these people being caught,
because they might not be. I need to just find my
own peace.”

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