ISIS may be growing in power, and natural disasters may be popping up on several continents — but The Fappening has taken over the internet during the last few days with its stream of feminist outrage, fanboy joy and even child pornography charges. Whether seeing Jennifer Lawrence naked made your weekend or ruined it, you’ve probably been following it this week. The operator of the “Netflix of porn” site Skweezme, however, is less than amused.
Mike Kulich has put out a bounty on his porn site Skweezme for information leading to the arrest of the hacker who began The Fappening’s release of dozens of famous women’s intimate photos. The reward has not yet been set, but the studio will be “taking the money out of [their] cut” for any information that leads to the hacker’s arrest, reported VICE News.
“Jennifer Lawrence’s pictures were meant to be private and whoever hacked her computer or phone had no right to ever see those pictures, let alone leak them to the world. We want this person brought to justice.”
While Kulich seems an unlikely hero for the women’s rights violations that have been decried following The Fappening, he explains that, to him, pornography is the direct opposite of the pervasive way nude photos of women are shared across the internet, often without the woman pictured ever finding out.
“Consent is one of the keystones of the Adult Entertainment Business. Regardless of what anti-porn organizations claim—for instance, that we are all human traffickers and pimps—every girl that appears on film for any production company is there of her own free will. She is consenting to everything that happens on screen. The adult industry feels very strongly about consent, which is why it has been heavily involved in our support for legislation banning revenge porn, which has become illegal in a number of different states.”
Kulich’s site may not be specifically hurt by The Fappening — it’s not like he’s offering content that features Lawrence or Kate Upton that competes with such leaks. Still, the very idea of Skweezme is that porn viewers need to take responsibility for the producing end of porn — something that is anathema to stolen celebrity nudes being spread all over the internet. Charging users a nominal fee — 99 cents for 24 hours — goes along with the movie, television, and music industry’s slow migration to streaming services, Kulich said in an Uproxxx profile.
“The consumer mentality right now is that free porn is just a god-given right, and they don’t look at the production line. What they don’t realize is that if everyone just watches for free, there’s gonna be no new content and everyone’s gonna be watching the same clips over and over for the next 20 years.”
But this push started long before The Fappening reared its horny head. Porn star Carter Cruise started a Twitter campaign #PayForYourPorn in attempt to spread the message about how consent plays into the quality and respectability of pornography.
“If I am willing to go on camera and do sexual acts for your enjoyment, the least you can do is pay for it. Watching pirated, stolen, and unauthorized content is the equivalent to being a peeping tom.”
[Photo via 4Chan]