Celebrities and cellphones

How far would you go to track down a perpetrator who hacked into your private cellphone and posted private pictures of you online? If you’re Scarlett Johansson, the answer would be straight to the FBI.

According to TMZ, Johansson has allegedly made the request to investigators to track down the offenders who were able to access her account and found several nude pictures of the star, which they posted online.

I have several different reactions to this news. First off, why in the world would anyone — especially a Hollywood celebrity — take a naked picture of themselves and save it to their cellphone? Have they not learned their lesson from the likes of politician Anthony Weiner or NFL quarterback Brett Favre?

I have to wonder for what purpose those pictures were taken. Either Johansson is an extremely vain person and wanted them for herself (honestly, besides maybe the Kardashians, is there a person out there that enjoys staring at themselves in the buff?) or she was sending them to another person (most probable), in which case, you can’t really get upset that they were intercepted, can you?

As an A-lister and paparazzi favorite, the thought of those risquÉ pictures getting into the public’s hands (or eyes) must have ran through Johansson’s mind as she was saving and/or sending them from her phone.

I am all for privacy, but living very much in the public eye comes with risks. One of those risks is that it makes you extremely vulnerable to hackers, stalkers and hate mail, none of which is appropriate or acceptable but a consequence of being a celebrity, nonetheless. It seems to me if you want to minimize your risk of being seen in your birthday suit, you should leave the skivvy pics at home. Or better yet, don’t take them in the first place!

Do you think it’s a bit over the top for Johansson to requst the help of the FBI? Or do you think it’s a good wake-up call to be more careful with the information you store or share? What are your thoughts on privacy and the media?

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