It’s a sad but widely accepted fact that the Internet loves sex, but nowhere is it more evident than in the avalanche of nude celebrity pictures posted online. From movies, paparazzi photos, magazines, and sex tapes, nude photos of famous people have proliferated wildly on the internet – leaving no person’s privacy unscathed.
For some celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus, leaked nude pictures have even helped to propel their careers by shocking the masses and then providing countless opportunities for press coverage. Ironically enough, what sounds like complete humiliation for a celebrity is often just a few clicks away from becoming an endorsement deal of sorts.
Unfortunately for other celebrities that may be traditional or conservative in nature (or who don’t like being photographed unclothed!), they may find that their privacy has been violated by someone unknown through publication of these intimate photos. Such violations can cause long-term emotional distress and leave lasting scars on well-known personalities whose entire life may ultimately become subject to public scrutiny.
On top of all this there still remain enormous questions regarding copyright infringement when it comes to nude celebrity shots. After all if someone accidentally or purposely records an explicit photo or video of a celebrity – do they hold any rights to the picture? Even more difficult is navigating those waters when a paparazzi takes pictures unknowingly from afar or unknowingly captures scandalous footage on their own without buying it from publications. It’s something many A-listers refuse to comment on out of fear for stirring up further controversial conversations about their personal lives.
All we can do meanwhile is look back at past nude celebrity scandals (which we’re sure won’t ever happen again) with mouth agape at the sheer number of them – from Lindsay Lohan posing in her birthday suit in Playboy to Vanessa Hudgens’ infamous ‘High School Musical’ sexting debacle – while hoping victims won’t succumb again and that our favorite starlets will pursue more virtuous forms of self expression… not exposed literally!