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Lena Dunham On Leaked Celebrity Photos: Don't Blame the Victim

By Anne Cohen

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Lena Dunham has a word of advice on how to handle conversations around the nude celebrity photos leaked over the weekend: don’t blame the victim.

In an acid tweet, the “Girls” star compared remarks like “don’t take nude pics if you don’t want them online” to dismissive attitudes about rape.

On Sunday, a 4chan user posed revealing and nude photos supposedly hacked from the iCloud accounts of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Lea Michele.

While some have wisely pointed out that this huge breach of privacy is akin to a sex crime, media outlets from People Magazine to CNN have referred to the incident as a “scandal,” a term which places responsibility squarely on the victims’ shoulders.

On Monday, Dunham sent out a slew of tweets denouncing the language used to describe the leak, and called on people to stop sharing the images:

Preach!


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