Ricky Gervais backtracks after 'victim blaming' tweet on 4Chan nude celebrity photo leaks
Jennifer Lawrence was one of over 100 names reportedly targeted by a mass hacking made possible by an alleged iCloud leak
Ricky Gervais has gone on a veritable backtracking spree after he came under fire for posting a tweet that appeared to blame victims of the 4Chan naked photo hacking scandal, like Jennifer Lawrence, for taking the pictures in the first place.
Lawrence was one of over 100 names reportedly targeted by a mass hacking made possible by an alleged iCloud leak.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s representative said of the invasion. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
However, Gervais appeared to show little sympathy for victims of the crime, currently being investigated, when he posted – and then swiftly deleted – the following:
Hackers, don't hack into people's private lives. Gervais, stop victim blaming. It was NOT JLaw's fault. pic.twitter.com/xqAzQUAa3tmarnie (@ppreponlovato) September 1, 2014
After receiving an influx of responses, he continued:
Anyone who retweets this leaked erotic photo of me should be ashamed of themselves. pic.twitter.com/p2KBa6serKRicky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 31, 2014
Dear easily offended people, don't be. Hope that helps. Have a great day :)Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Making a joke about a thing doesn't mean you condone that thing.Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Of course the hackers are 100% to blame but you can still makes jokes about it. Jokes don't portray your true serious feelings on a subjectRicky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
It's more important to spend your energy trying to stop actual bad things than to run around trying to stop jokes about bad things.Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Offence is the collateral damage of free speech.Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Bringing controversial theorist Richard Dawkins into the equation (who recently caused a public outcry when he tweeted this advice for parents of Down Syndrome children), he tweeted and deleted: "I hope Richard Dawkins tweets something soon. He's a bigger idiot magnet than me and it will give me time to slip out the back way. Haha."
Seemingly unready to let the issue lie, he ended with the inflammatory following:
Whenever I defend freedom of speech someone always says "so you'd let Hitler off? Haha. It wasn't his words so much as all that genocide.Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
This tweet does not condone anything.Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
The 4Chan hacker behind the leak has since claimed to have a video of the actress performing a lewd sex act.
The anonymous person also admitted that they were unhappy with how much money he or she has made from circulating the stolen photographs.
“I didn't take the money and run. S**t got weird once I started posting samples,” the hacker wrote on website 4Chan, before lamenting the amount earned from the pictures.
“People wanted s*** for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i'm not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday) I really didn't get close to what I was hoping.”
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