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Cancer Foundation Returns Cash From Redditors Who Saw JLaw Nudes

The donations came out of a crude joke about masturbation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation returned all money donated via a post on the website Reddit that was designed to make a joke about leaked naked images of Jennifer Lawrence and a slew of other famous women hacked from the women’s Apple iCloud accounts.

“We would never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner. Out of respect for everyone involved and in keeping with our own standards, we are returning all donations that resulted from this post,” the foundation said in a statement Tuesday.

The pictures began making the rounds online on Sunday, after a host of celebrities’ personal Apple iCloud accounts were compromised. A Reddit user suggested Monday in a thread on the site that fellow Redditors who had viewed nude images of celebrities donate to prostate-cancer research in Lawrence’s honor. The crux of the intended joke is that Lawrence has supported fighting prostate cancer “in the past” because masturbation may help prevent the disease.

The fundraising drive raised more than $6,000 before it was shut down by the foundation.

TIME Opinion

Clicking on Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photo Is Sleazy, But Is It Really Sexual Assault?

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France. (Dominique Charriau--WireImage) Dominique Charriau—WireImage

When we call every crime against a woman "sexual assault," we dilute the meaning of the phrase

Words are important, and lots of harsh ones have been thrown around after hackers stole nude and semi-nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence from various personal accounts and published them online. Specifically, some commenters are saying that anyone who views the stolen pictures is guilty of sexual assault.

What happened to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and others is horrible. It’s also a crime and should be prosecuted as such. But some outraged online commentators are calling the photo-hacking incident a sexual assault, and that’s a bandwagon I just can’t get on.

While the theft and humiliating distribution of these photos is an enormous violation of personal privacy and sexual autonomy, it is not the same thing as a physical sexual assault. It is is not the same as being raped, or forced to perform oral sex, or molested as a child, or beaten. It’s not a question of “more or less awful,” because both scenarios are horrific examples of how women are treated in our society. But they’re different, and it’s especially important to be precise when we’re talking about violence.

“It’s a bad act, but I don’t know that it would meet a legal definition of sexual assault,” said Scott Berkowitz, president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN.) Is it possible for a sexual assault to be completely non-physical? “Sexual assault is a very general and vague term to begin with, each state defines it a little differently, it’s sort of a catch-all category that can include harassment and verbal abuse.” he said. “The idea is that it’s usually based on some physical interaction.”

When fighting to end sexual assault on college campuses, we like to say “rape is rape”-- this means that rape is not “nonconsensual sex,” it’s not a “misunderstanding,” it’s rape. If we insist on linguistic clarity when defining rape, then we should do the same for sexual assault. Cat-calling isn’t sexual assault. Viewing leaked photos online isn’t sexual assault. Even the horrific sexist comments made by online trolls don’t count as sexual assaults. Only sexual assault, which the Department of Justice describes as “forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape,” is sexual assault.

What happened to Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Kate Upton, and Aubrey Plaza was an enormous transgression, one that should be taken seriously as a criminal offense. And incidents like these remind us that we’re still experiencing a widespread degradation of women, and that helps enable sexual violence. But we should call things by their correct names, and this incident is most similar to revenge porn, which is when someone (often a former partner) distributes explicit photos without the subject’s consent. Revenge porn is now a felony in Arizona and against the law in nine other states, and 27 states currently have legislation in process.

When we are angry about something, especially something that happens to women, we tend to elevate it to the level of an atrocity. This is partly because of a widespread callousness towards issues affecting women– it’s hard to get people to pay attention to anything that isn’t a horrific rape. But when we dilute the specific meanings of our words, we leave them up to interpretation, and that is very dangerous for a movement working to fight the dangerous “he-said-she-said” narrative of sexual attacks. When we expand the definition of sexual assault to include every nasty thing that could happen to woman, we risk making the term meaningless. If everything is sexual assault, than nothing really is.

Instead of painting the photo-hacking incident as sexual assault, let’s use it to have a real discussion about how we can stop this from happening again. And let’s start by getting that revenge porn legislation through in those 27 states.

 

 

TIME Opinion

Stop Blaming Jennifer Lawrence and Other Celebrities for Taking Nude Photos in the First Place

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Jennifer Lawrence Mike Coppola—Getty Images

If your reaction to the hack attack on celebrities is to blame them for taking nude photos, you're pointing the finger at the wrong person.

There have been a lot of reactions to the massive leak of nude photos of some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, after an anonymous user posted stolen images to image-sharing website 4chan. But one of the most mind-boggling reactions has come from the people who say, “If you don’t take nude photos, they can’t be stolen.”

This is not a fringe reaction. From Ricky Gervais to rapper RZA to many people across the internet, there seems to be a common idea that the horrible and humiliating invasion of these women’s privacy and the theft of their property is in some way their own fault. When Mary Elizabeth Winstead, one of the actresses who had naked images stolen, tweeted, “To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves,” this was one of the responses she received: “‪@M_E_Winstead Stop posing nude on camera, dummy. Your husband not know what you look like nude? ‪#LessonLearned.”

Now, obviously, there is truth to this idea. A person can’t steal something that doesn’t exist. So if you don’t have nude photos, they can’t be stolen. Just like if you don’t have a car, it can’t be stolen. And if you don’t use a credit card, it can’t be compromised.

But that’s absurd, you might be saying. People need cars and they need to use credit cards, but no one needs to take nude photos of themselves. Despite the fact that neither cars, nor credit cards technically qualify as something we need, let’s parse this idea for a moment. In 2014, a huge part of our lives — working, shopping, socializing and dating — involves technology. From shopping history to credit card information to personal correspondence, digital devices store a stunning amount of personal and private information, making them an integral part of our culture. So it’s willfully naive to suggest that a person’s sex life should be kept wholly separate from that culture. Show me one person who can honestly say they’ve never taken or sent a suggestive photo, sext or email that they wouldn’t want splashed across the internet for millions to see, and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t use or understand modern technology.

Yet taking nude photos — or having a car or using a credit card — isn’t the problem here. The problem is the hacking and the stealing, in this case of something immensely private. And it’s not only a problem, it’s a crime. It’s true that posting naked photos of people without their consent is still largely a gray area, legally speaking, which is why so many revenge porn sites have exploded across the internet in recent years. But hacking and stealing photos is definitely a crime; just ask Christopher Chaney, the man currently serving a 10-year sentence for stealing and posting nude images of Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, among others.

So why are people so quick to point the fingers of blame at the women who are victims of the hack? It’s likely because it’s easy — far easier than blaming a culture that nurtures this kind of misogynist attack — and also because it makes people feel safe. After all, if you’re not the kind of person who would take nude photos then you’re not the kind of person who has to worry about this kind of invasive crime, right? Yet that kind of thinking doesn’t get at the root of the problem (i.e. the hacker and protecting our devices from similar attacks) and it certainly won’t help you when it’s not celebrities who are being targeted and it’s not nude photos that are being stolen. And until people cut out the victim-blaming and focus on the real culprits, we’re all just a little bit more vulnerable.

TIME Scandal

The Best Response Ever to a Celebrity Nude Photo Scandal

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From the Aug. 11, 1952, issue of TIME TIME

When Marilyn Monroe's old photos were revealed, she handled it with aplomb

The details of the celebrity photo-hacking scandal that came to light over the weekend are distinctly modern: the unauthorized sharing of private photographs of stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton was the work of hackers, who appear to have used a vulnerability in Apple’s iCloud security.

But this kind of scandal is no digital age invention.

In 1949, a young Marilyn Monroe — a model whose short film career at the time comprised such roles as “waitress” and “voice, uncredited” — was overdue on her rent. She solved the problem by posing nude for photographer Tom Kelley, a photo shoot that didn’t lead to much of anything at first.

Years went by. Monroe became much more than just another model. By 1952, when the photo eventually appeared in a popular calendar, she was a star. According to TIME’s coverage of the calendar’s popularity, her bosses at the film studio “begged her” to deny that the woman in the photo was her, but she wouldn’t do so. That turned out to be a move that only increased her star power.

There are some major difference between these two moments — most importantly that Monroe posed for her photo knowing it was for public consumption — but that doesn’t mean they’ve got nothing in common, as Anne Helen Petersen, writing at BuzzFeed, points out. Petersen says that Monroe’s decision to shrug off the photograph as no big deal was “brilliant.” That’s a lesson that the hacking victims can use, as they decide how to respond to the public revelation of their private activities. For Monroe, it was more than a chance to prove the studios wrong — it was also the event that led to one of her most famous lines. When asked whether she really had nothing on during the photo shoot, as TIME reported on Aug. 11, 1952, “Marilyn, her blue eyes wide, purred: ‘I had the radio on.'”

Read TIME’s full 1952 report on Marilyn Monroe here: Something for the Boys

TIME celebrities

Emma Watson Laments ‘Lack of Empathy’ After Celebrity Photo Hack

The actress took to Twitter

Actress Emma Watson expressed outrage Monday at the hackers who exposed private and explicit photographs from at least 100 celebrities, including Watson’s friend Jennifer Lawrence. But “even worse,” she wrote on Twitter, was the lack of empathy for the victims.

Watson, who was recently nominated a Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women, has become a vocal proponent of women’s rights on social media, previously mocking the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister’s suggestion that a chaste woman should refrain from laughing by tweeting a picture of herself doubled over in laughter.

TIME Television

Watch Jennifer Lawrence and Alison Brie in a Ridiculous, Failed TV Pilot

They've both come a really long way

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Remember that time when Comedy Central made a TV version of Not Another Teen Movie? No? You don’t? That’s because it was a total flop — but they did manage to shoot a pilot.

It stars Alison Brie as a character called Muffy the Vampire Slayer (prepare for lots of vagina jokes) and Jennifer Lawrence as a generic hot teenager who a creepy janitor (who just got stabbed) refers to as “Sweet Tits.”

It’s genuinely shocking that this masterpiece — actually titled Not Another High School Show — was never picked up. Watch a few minutes up top.

[via Vulture]

TIME movies

Sandra Bullock Is Now Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Actress

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Sandra Bullock attends Spike TV's Guys' Choice Awards held at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles on June 7, 2014 Tommaso Boddi—WireImage

Mostly because of Gravity, which made nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars

With estimated earnings of $51 million, Sandra Bullock made more money than any other Hollywood actress over the past year.

No doubt this has a lot to do with the explosive success of the sci-fi film Gravity, in which she plays an astronaut left to drift through outer space after her shuttle is destroyed by a debris storm. The movie earned nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars — more than twice the revenue of The Blind Side, which won Bullock an Academy Award in 2010.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston were the second and third highest-paid actresses, respectively.

TIME movies

Watch: J-Law Finally Shows Up in a Mockingjay Trailer

The trailer is finally available for those who didn't make it to Comic-Con

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After two teasers featuring the ever-creepy President Snow, the upcoming Hunger Games installment Mockingjay Part 1 has finally given fans a glimpse of Katniss Everdeen.

The latest teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated movie, dubbed “Our Leader the Mockingjay,” deviates from the PSA format of the previous two to show a more typical cut of scenes from the actual movie, culminating in what appears to be Katniss’ arrival in District 13. That comes complete with Plutarch and Gale, plus new cast members Julianne Moore as President Coin and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones‘ Margaery) as Cressida.

Prior to showing up online, the trailer debuted on Friday for audiences willing to wait in line at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The movie comes out Nov. 21, 2014.

TIME celebrities

Jennifer Lawrence’s Class Clown Moments Caught on Film

Jennifer Lawrence was seen face-palming Emma Watson at the Christian Dior fashion show in Paris Monday, but this is only her most recent incident of goofing off in front of the camera

TIME celebrity

J-Law Casts Demons Out of Emma Watson at Paris Fashion Week

May the power of Couture compel you

Jennifer Lawrence was caught by photographers casting demons out of Hermione Granger, err Emma Watson, at Paris Fashion Week Monday night.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson attend the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week Rindoff/Dufour / Getty Images

While other publications question whether this photo opp was really an intense game of smell my finger or a kind mauling, we are kind of sold on the exorcism theory. Try as Watson might to resist, the Power of Couture compelled her.

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Pleased, J-Law then danced her way out of the Christian Dior show.

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As TIME’s own Jessica Roy stated on Twitter, this is why Lawrence never gets invited to Taylor Swift’s ladiez weekends.

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