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Clay Aiken ‘Slut Shames’ Celebrities With Leaked Photos

Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken.
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Everyone remembers the leak of the nude celebrity photos a few weeks ago, known to many as The Fappening. The leaker, who’s a user on the site 4Chan, at first promised to leak the nudes of multiple celebrities including Kim Kardashian, soccer star Hope Solo, and Vanessa Hudgens among others but they have not yet been released until now. It seems like the FBI just started an investigation on the leak on the 31 of August, which featured graphic and very personal photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, among others. Now with the FBI busy with investigating the leaks, former American Idol contestant has come forth to declare his unwarranted opinion on the whole matter.

Speaking with The Washington Post, Aiken, North Carolina congressional candidate, said, “anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get.” He does say, however, that Internet security needs to be tightened and to protect the information, or personal nude photos, of everyone. Aiken seems to be criminalizing both acts and trying to justify it. The saying you can’t burn a candle at both ends seems prevalent here. Clay, you can criticize the celebrities who take nude photos of themselves all he wants but he has to know that his words may have implications that may ripple throughout society.

Kelci Shipley, a writer over at MTV likens your viewpoint to ‘slut shaming’ and I would have to agree. Aiken, can’t deny a person’s right to snap a photo of them to share with a loved one. Saying they deserve what they get by having their private photos leaked to the public is of a selfish mindset. Those whom had their photos leaked to the world needed to be taught a lesson, right? They needed be reprimanded for partaking in a private act?

He went on, quipping,  “I’ve got a mirror if I want to check something out,” which almost sounds like a condescending southern father. Everyone is entitled to their privacy and however they choose to spend it, as long as it isn’t illegal, shouldn’t have to worry about being ostracized for it.

“Of course whoever [stole and released the photos] should be hogtied…and it’s unfortunate that we don’t have Internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff.” He ate his cake and wants it, too. While I do agree with about tightening up Internet security, to an extent, I have to say that Aiken’s comments are out of line.

What do you think about Aiken’s remarks about the nude photo leak? You agree with him or not?

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.