Just when you think this massive celebrity naked photo leak couldn’t get any worse, new details keep emerging — from Internet douches encouraging other women to share nudes to discovering McKayla Maroney was underage in her photos — that prove you wrong. Like this news that an artist is planning to display leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton in an upcoming exhibit.
The images will be part of LA artist XVALA’s “Fear Google” campaign and will be on display in his upcoming “No Delete” show at Cory Allen Contemporary Art’s (CACA) Showroom in St. Petersburg, Florida. The images will apparently be unaltered and printed on life-size canvases. But wait until you hear XVALA’s artistic reasoning behind using the photos, which he told LA Weekly:
“I’m calling attention to the fact that our information should be our own and it’s not. I feel like if we can’t call personal property personal it becomes public property. I would rather hit a delete button and have this go away. The perfect world would be where we can control our information, but nobody can.”
Wow, can you say “hypocritical”? You’re bringing attention to the issue of privacy in today’s culture by displaying images which were stolen and disseminated without the subjects’ consent, thereby encouraging and contributing to the very invasion of privacy you’re claiming to criticize? If you think people’s private information should be their own, then maybe don’t spread said private information for more eyes to see in order to profit from it.
You’re probably wondering if this is even legal. Jennifer Lawrence’s rep, for example, said in a statement that they will “prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.” The FBI even started investigating the leak. XVALA says, “I hope I don’t need an attorney,” but is apparently going through with the exhibit anyway, starting October 30. I’m no legal expert, but perhaps he will be able to use the same loophole that porn sites posting the photos are using — that some of the photos are not selfies, and therefore the subject doesn’t own the copyright.
Or maybe this is just a way to drum up publicity and when it comes down to it the artist won’t actually go through with displaying the nudes. He’s done this before, though. In 2011 he displayed Scarlett Johansson’s leaked nudes, with “Fear Google” covering her body.
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