2014 Celebrity Photo Leak

Jennifer Lawrence in the October 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.
Jennifer Lawrence in the October 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.

If you’re on Twitter, Reddit or any other form of social media, by now you’ve probably heard of the celebrity photo hack scandal from the online image board, 4chan. Also known as “Celebgate” or “The Fappening,” the massive 2014 photo leak spread a collection of almost 200 private photos stolen from various celebrities.

One of the most famous celebrity victims, Jennifer Lawrence, recently spoke out about the scandal and how she is handling the aftermath. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence opted out of lashing out at the tabloids. Lawrence states, “You have a choice. You don’t have to be a person who spreads negativity and lies for a living. You can do something good. You can be good. Let’s just make that choice and—it feels better.”

From a PR perspective, I believe the Academy Award-winning actress handled the photo scandal in the best way possible. Instead of blaming people or speaking poorly about the photo hackers, Lawrence handled the leak graciously and effortlessly. She spoke with elegance and class, and once again reminded the public why she is a beloved, well-known and incredible role model for young women.

Nelson Mandela once said, “People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want people, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.” I believe Lawrence’s classy reaction to the 4chan photo leak fully supports Mandela’s claim. Lawrence was faced with a choice: she could point fingers, place blame and self-destruct; or, she could rise above the hate and move forward with her life and her career. Thankfully, she chose the latter.

Lawrence concluded her interview with Vanity Fair by stating, “Time does heal, you know. I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”


You go, girl.


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