The Private Lives of Celebrities

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Private, nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were leaked over the weekend. Jessica Roy, Senior writer at New York Magazine, explains why this is online harassment, who is complicit in it and the lax security of the cloud.

Comments [23]


this woman reporter[with the ridiculous girlish valley girl voice]is an imbecile....

Sep. 08 2014 06:51 AM
Howard from Bronx

Long ago and not so far away it was said "Don't send anything on the internet that you wouldn't want seen as a headline in the Daily News" More true now, than ever.

Sep. 02 2014 02:16 PM


If this segment was truly the best idea you could think of for your show, you need to go back on vacation. As many people have pointed out, Jessica Roy is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, to put it mildly.

Sep. 02 2014 12:26 PM
JFreely from NYC

Almost as bad as actual nude photos of celebs is that if you look up any name of almost any celeb you will see all sorts of obviously fake porno images where they've cut and pasted bodies of porn models with the heads of celebrities and torsos. That is really just as criminal!

Sep. 02 2014 12:22 PM
JFreely from NYC

The vocal fry of Ms. Roy makes it hard to concentrate on the content of what she was saying...

Sep. 02 2014 12:17 PM
Monsieur XY

I think Camille Paglia might comment on the absurdity of a 60 year old man asking a 20-something woman why men would like to see naked pictures of women.

She might then observe that it sounds like the plot of a porn film.

Sep. 02 2014 12:13 PM
Gary from Long Island

The guest sounded so silly that I thought I was listening to a segment of Portlandia. If people are so stupid to take nude photos or videos of themselves, then they shouldn't be surprised that they end up in the public realm. There really isn't any expectation of security on the cloud. I can imagine what Cinese hackers are seeing? Your guest was so whiny that I made a special effort to look up the photos, where prior to that I would not have cared.

Sep. 02 2014 12:09 PM
Sari from NJ

Those of us who are old enough remember when we had to explicitly turn on our modems to connect to the Internet. Now turning on our device immediately connects us to the Internet, and now we have to explicitly disconnect. Anyone who believes that even info on our devices (e.g., C: drive, downloaded) is safe (forget the cloud)is living in an alternative universe.

Sep. 02 2014 12:04 PM
ned from bklyn

Get a polaroid camera and film at :
It's all analog- the way it used to be!

PS, I'm not connected to them

Sep. 02 2014 12:03 PM
Tony from Canarsie

New York magazine is still around?

Sep. 02 2014 12:00 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Yeah, women shouldn't have to store their trove of nude pics on a private device. They should be able to post them all over the place and not expect anyone to see them!


Sep. 02 2014 12:00 PM
Ken from Harlem


Sep. 02 2014 11:59 AM

I would love to hear what Camille Paglia would say about this...Jessica Roy ask her.

Sep. 02 2014 11:58 AM

this segment is worthy of 15 minutes of air time?

Sep. 02 2014 11:58 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Celebrities are IDIOTS!!! They are in the public eye and shouldn't do anything in public that they don't want the public to access.

This used also to be a problem for people who took nude photos to be developed at a local photo shop or drug store. If you insist on taking nude photos, use a Polaroid and either put them in a safe or hand them directly to whomever you want to have them. Don't make them vulnerable by using electronic media.

Finally, what kind of culture do we live in that we have nothing better to do than take nude selfies?

Sep. 02 2014 11:56 AM
Hugh from NYC

Dumb. Why the hell would you store nude pictures of yourself on your smartphone or iCloud to begin with? So you can refer to them when needed? When would you need them?

Sep. 02 2014 11:54 AM
Jack from Manhattan

Like ignorance in science, ignorance in technology cannot be forgiven. I have always been suspicious of cloud services especially for those who's security is of the utmost importance. This will not be the last breach of Cloud security; there are many corporations who are equally vulnerable and there we're talking about real money. As far as Jenifer Lawrence goes, "a sex crime."? That's being a trifle extreme. Notwithstanding the vulnerability of the almighty Apple security, I must compliment Ms. Lawrence on her genes, her personal trainer and her perseverance at the gym.

Sep. 02 2014 11:54 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

ms roy is a hack, and needs to realize what is true harassment and important.

Sep. 02 2014 11:53 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

How did Jessica Roy get a job in Journalism? I mean c'mon, read the article:

At one point she tosses of this line: "Hackers obliterated these celebrities’ right to privacy and reduced their bodies to strings of ones and zeroes to be offered up to the greedy male gaze."

Oh lawd.... really? This is overheated undergraduate gender studies gibberish.

This line, however, is my favorite, because it's true:

"As a woman — especially a woman in the public eye — you will never be safe from harassment, ridicule, or public degradation online."

Replace "woman" with "man" and it remains true, ask Woody Allen.

Sep. 02 2014 11:48 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

You store nude photos of yourself online or "in the cloud," and then you're surprised and feel violated when someone got a hold of 'em?
What are you, stupid??

Sep. 02 2014 11:46 AM


Boo Hoo. This is an incredibly over hyped story. Members of the pampered 1% have nude photos of themselves leaked. Big deal. These actresses should not have been so lax and dumb to allow these photos to become so easily available to hackers

Sep. 02 2014 11:45 AM
Monsieur XY

Until we solve the problem of not enough women in tech this egregious dearth of naked male photos will continue....

Sep. 02 2014 11:36 AM
Madame X from Here

"People who live in glass houses should not throw stones" so if you're in the public eye don't send naked photos of yourself, better yet don't take any selfies naked or have naked photos taken of you. End of story.

On the other hand where are the naked photos of male celebrities floating around??

Sep. 02 2014 10:20 AM

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