Just when you thought 4chan had done its worst trying to humiliate women by hosting leaked naked and semi-naked pictures of more than 100 celebrities, it seems to have plumbed to even greater depths.
Users of the image sharing website, on which the leaked photos of high-profile stars including Jennifer Lawrence were first posted on Sunday (31 August), are thought to have attempted to get ordinary women to strip off in ‘solidarity’ with the Hunger Games actress.
Users started the Twitter hashtag, #LeakforJLaw, commenting it would be the “worldwide trolling of a lifetime”, Buzzfeed reported earlier today.
By uploading anonymous nude pictures of girls on Twitter accounts set up last night, many of whom had names such as ‘I Stand With JLaw’, the users started spreading their hashtag.
However, the solidarity they were hoping to generate was one of outrage at the hashtag.
The only thing worse than creepy men acting like they've never seen a naked lady before is the #leakforjlaw movement. Idiots. Idiots!— Colette Lala (@ColetteLala) September 1, 2014
#leakforjlaw may be the single most irrational response to anything ever in the history of the human race— Jared Splaine (@JaredSplaine) September 1, 2014
I hope Jennifer Lawrence can take solace in the fact that the top results for #leakforjlaw are just a whole bunch of testicles.— Natalie Schmatalie (@Schmatallica) September 1, 2014
First created in 2003, 4chan is a controversial message board that's reviled as much as it is celebrated.
Unlike most other online forums, users do not create consistent identities and records are not kept of posts.
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4chan has orchestrated similar ‘hoax hashtags’ in the past, including one called #CutForBieber. After pictures of Justin Beiber allegedly smoking marijuana at a party were published in January 2013, members of the message board encouraged young fans to ‘shame’ the pop star into stopping his drug use by self-harming.