Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Clown  in trouble for speaking the truth

Ricky Gervais has defended "free speech" after he was accused of blaming the celebrity victims of a nude photo hack for the online theft.

"Celebrities, make it harder for people to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer," Gervais wrote in a tweet which he then quickly deleted.

Many social media users took the British comic to task for "victim blaming" celebrities such as actor Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, who were among 100 stars to have photographs stolen and shared on the internet.


Truth-telling was one of the historical roles of "jesters"


Stan B said...

In this particular case, he's absolutely right.

Use the Name, Luke said...

"… who were among 100 stars to have photographs stolen and shared on the internet."

It's impossible to steal what does not exist. If you don't want naked pictures of yourself stolen, don't create any.

What's so wrong about pointing that out?

Anonymous said...

Don't we tell teens not to take these pictures because once they are on the internet they can never be removed? Why would we tell celebrities anything different? Either it is correct advice or it is not. Celebrities are not naturally immune from the bad things of the internet by virtue of them being celebrities.

Anonymous said...

If I walk through a dangerous neighborhood, no let's say the African savanna and I get eaten by a lion, who's fault is it? I put myself in the situation where danger is present.

slinky said...

You can't fix stupid.

Anonymous said...

I get raped because of the clothes I wear, my fault. I get robbed because I buy expensive stuff, my fault. I get carjacked because I drive a desirable car, my fault. I get my head cut off because I'm a Jew, my fault.

And, Anon 2:03, that's the dumbest analogy I've seen on this topic. A lion attacks you because it's hungry and wants to survive, it's not committing a crime.

Use the Name, Luke said...

2:52, there are human predators too. That is a known fact. To pretend (and act) otherwise is foolish. The human predators are responsible for their own behavior. Willfully making oneself an easy target of known predators is something only the victim has control over, and thus responsibility for. Likewise, taking precautions against known predators is also a personal responsibility.

If you wear sexually inviting clothing it is not unreasonable to expect someone to take you up on that invitation. If you're clothes do not extend such an invitation, the odds of assault go down.

Likewise, if you buy nice things—for example, a Mercedes—then leave the keys on the drivers seat with the doors unlocked and the security system off, then someone who steals it is still guilty of theft, but you are an idiot for inviting the theft.

If you go out to the savanna without taking precautions, then it is your fault for getting eaten. If you take appropriate precautions (firearms, avoiding known lion rich areas, etc.) but you still get eaten, then you have fulfilled your responsibilities for personal safety and demonstrated that there is no such think as perfect safety in this world.

In short, you are responsible for your own actions. If that chosen action is to make yourself a tempting target for a known predator, then it is your fault that you were the one the predator attacked because you invited the attack.

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals are such a bunch of little nambdy pambdies

Anonymous said...

Um, newsflash Ricky - the pictures weren't on someone's 'computer' (at least, not in the sense he seems to be suggesting).
As I understand it they were taken on a phone and presumably automatically backed up to the cloud - never got on to someone's computer.

Anonymous said...

I do not like the man or his humour; however, as Stan B pointed out, in this case he's absolutely right. If you don't want nude pics of yourself on the internet don't save them in the 'cloud'.

Anonymous said...

6:13 said "never got on to someone's computer".
What do you think the "cloud" is?
It's not literally a large mass of atmospheric water vapor.

Go Away Bird said...

I hear Rick Schnider has called Obama a FASCSIST