The huge leak of celebrity nudes that we’ve seen unfold over the last few days has unleashed something of a tidal wave of discussion on Twitter. The majority of talk has centred around the intense debate as to where the blame should fall; the viewers, the leakers or those in charge of keeping people’s private pictures secure. However, in and amongst the more serious discussion, there have been a few more jovial comments upon the leaks.
The Celebrity Response
Don't worry bro, it would just be photos of food and other people's dogs anyway. pic.twitter.com/Ol1RChRM9S
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 1, 2014
Anna Kendrick’s exchange with her brother is exactly the sort of light-hearted self-deprecation that you might expect from the Pitch Perfect actress. Kirsten Dunst, one of the few stars involved to personally respond to the leaks, centred her sights on Apple with some judicial application of Emoji symbols.
Dunst’s sarcastic response has been warmly received, with 13,000 retweets as of the time of writing and an article published by the Daily Dot praising her vigour. Jennifer Lawrence, perhaps the central figure in this story, has not yet made her own statement on the situation — but feminist activist Kathleen Pye did offer a response on her behalf.
Best of the Burns
While many have sympathised with the celebrities targeted by the hackers, there have also been the select few who feel that it’s an apt time to really put the boot in. In case you were ever in any doubt, the internet proves once more that it has a tremendous capacity for cruelness. All that being said, the odd cruel tweet might just bring a guilty smile to your face.
BREAKING: Taylor Swift nude also leaks… pic.twitter.com/ucKSz5GoC6
— Erik Miller (@_Happy_Gilmore) September 1, 2014
Taylor Swift managed to avoid being a part of the leaks themselves, but wasn’t so lucky in avoiding the wrath of Twitter users. On the other hand, Ariana Grande both found herself a victim of both the hackers and Twitter’s mean streak.
Forget about Ariana Grande's nudes, when is her personality going to leak?
— Neil McNeil (@Neil_McNeil) September 2, 2014
Funny Because It’s True
Many Twitter users have elected to use a humorous look at the leaks to make a more serious statement about what we should take from the unfolding events. YouTube star Nerd³ had the following to say about the status of this leak in relationship to those of recent years.
Chris Person of Kotaku responded to the leak with either an exaggerated take on how to avoid falling into the same trap as the targeted celebrities or solid advice for operating in the internet age, depending on how you look at it.
Tips for not having your nudes leak:
Never be nude
Never love people
Set your phone on fire
Burn off your fingertips
— chris person (@Papapishu) September 1, 2014
The question of whether photographs that were taken from personal devices with intent has been discussed at length over the past 48 hours, but few have made the point quite as succinctly and strikingly as stand-up comedian Jeremy Woodcock.
"Leaked." "Leaked" photos. Like that time someone leaked into my house and then leaked my safe full of money out to their car.
— Jeremy Woodcock (@jwPencilAndPad) September 1, 2014
The above tweet is one example of many Twitter users who jumped on the low hanging fruit of a Hunger Games riff in response to the desperate legions searching out the snaps of one Katniss Everdeen. The gag below was similarly overdone, but perhaps most appropriately executed by Cooking Channel and CBS Sunday contributor Mo Rocca.
More nude leeks here! pic.twitter.com/irUb4ygTOR
— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) September 1, 2014
Have you seen a particularly funny response to the leaks on Twitter? Perhaps something that made you think? Feel free to share in the comments section below.