Over the weekend, we realized that Hollywood starlets and pop princesses had one thing in common: an embarrassingly clueless grasp on how to use iCloud. Internet trolls hacked the cloud storage accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Lea Michelle, Ariana Grande and a few other lesser known names, and proceeded to leak nude photos of the women online. The sexist hacker targeted only women, so no nude selfies from Zac Efron or Taylor Lautner as of yet.
The whole messy (and illegal) operation brings me back to a time when sex tapes, nude sexting and celebrity overexposure were at an all time high. That time was the year 2011, the same year MTV honored Reese Witherspoon with a Generation award at the MTV Movie Awards. Witherspoon’s televised acceptance speech offered extremely practical advice to young starlets:
I get it, girls, that it’s cool to be a bad girl. But it is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in the business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed. And if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cellphone, you hide your face, people! Hide your face!
Hide your face! Another good point when taking nude selfies: do not show any identifiable tattoos.
Since then, Reese Witherspoon has shed a bit of her good girl image. That’s what video of your belligerent drunken arrest tends to do. However, she has yet to take nude photos of her private parts, or at least we can assume she’s been smart enough to follow her own advice. Too bad Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t watching MTV at the time.