Ricky Gervais found himself smack dab in the middle of the leaked nude photo scandal. Over the weekend, over 100 female celebrities were violated when someone hacked into the iCloud and was able to obtain nude photos and posted them. Ricky Gervais jumped right into the mix on Twitter with his tweet,
“Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer,” as reported by CBS News.
It wasn’t long before the response to his tweet was overwhelming. Gervais was being slammed, saying he was putting the blame on the victims, instead of on the criminal hacker where it belonged.
Gervais was quick to jump in and rethink and delete. Although Gervais was trying to be funny, most didn’t take it that way and actually found no humor in his statement at all.
According to Freep, Gervais then tweeted,
“Just because you joke about a thing doesn’t mean you condone a thing.”
Everyone knows, after all, that comedians tend to deal with serious subject matters in a different manner than the rest of society. Comedians tend to want to find the humor in every situation. Perhaps that is exactly what Gervais was doing. Just as he did when Gervais tweeted this selfie below stating, “Anyone who retweets this leaked erotic photo of me should be ashamed of themselves.”
Gervais continued his tweet ramblings by saying,
“Of course the hackers are 100% to blame but you can still makes jokes about it. Jokes don’t portray your true serious feelings on a subject.”
It seems as though Gervais was a bit miffed himself at the backlash he received. CBS News quotes yet another tweet from Ricky stating, “It’s more important to spend your energy trying to stop actual bad things than to run around trying to stop jokes about bad things.” In other words, “Get your focus off my witty tweets and move on to more important things — like what Seth Rogan has to say maybe.
Yes, Seth Rogan tweeted about the incident also. According to the Examiner, Seth posted, “Posting pics hacked from someone’s cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise.” But just to clarify and keep himself out of the hot seat, he was quick to add, “I obviously am not comparing women to merchandise. Just legally speaking, it shouldn’t be tolerated to repost stolen pics.”
Lena Dunham tweeted, “Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they’re a sex offender.”
In the big scheme of things, according to Examiner, “The FBI and Apple are both investigating the breech as more names are being added to the list of celeb victims.” And Jennifer Lawrence’s rep has stated that anyone who reposts her pictures will be prosecuted.
While Ricky Gervais’ joke may have come back to bite him in the bum, there is an unfortunate bit of truth in the fact that, in today’s society, everyone must be careful what is put on our computers. Privacy is a luxury that seems to be slipping away.