Why Demi Lovato’s Response to ~Leaked Nude Pic~ is Actually Very Problematic

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2014 was, arguably, the worst year when it comes to celebrity nude photo scandals. That August, alleged private (and explicit) pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Becca Tobin, Melissa Benoist and more than 600(!) other victims hit the web, courtesy of hacks by Ryan Collins and Edward Majerczyk, both of whom took plea deals in recent months for their crimes. It’s often referred to as #CelebGate or The Fappening.

Unfortunately, it seems like 2017 is trying to compete. This past January, four Teen Wolf stars, as well as Gregg Sulkin, Max George and Ricky Whittle, fell victim to naked snapshots of themselves hitting the web. In recent weeks, confidential pics of Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried were disseminated without permission, too. Most of the talents responded with outrage — there’s even talk of lawsuits.

Now, according to The Sun, Demi Lovato is also a victim of The Fappening 2.0. “A photo of the 24-year-old has begun circulating on porn sites in the last few days. In the shot, Lovato can be seen smiling at the camera as she lies in bed wearing an unzipped top.” That’s not even close to the level of explicity as the NSFW pictures that circulated of her and then-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama in 2014, but it’s wrong nonetheless. However, the “Body Say” singer is not responding at all like her fellow Hollywood stars.

In reference to the aforementioned photo, which has since made its way to various social media platforms, the 24-year-old brunette beauty said:

Fair point, but then she dropped another note on Twitter:

While it’s all well and good that the Disney Channel alum acknowledges her naked photo spread in a 2015 issue of Vanity Fair — it’s her right to do what she wants with her own body — her “whatever” attitude isn’t. “Whatever, the world’s already seen me naked.” Does that mean it’s okay for someone, ANYONE to release private pics without your permission? We know Demi doesn’t say that, but that’s a very poor choice of words. Emma Watson recently posed topless for Vanity Fair. But do you think she’s all like, “Eh, it’s nothing the world hasn’t seen before?” now that her private snaps are online? No. In fact, she’s one of the celebrities planning legal action against the criminals who stole her photographs.

We’re all for body positivity, and if you want to downplay any sort of drama around yourself, that’s your prerogative. But don’t shrug it off by settling — that’s all we’re saying.
Demi Lovato’s constantly taking back her WTF quotes: