When nude photos of celebrities were released a few weeks ago, one woman could relate to the awkward and uncomfortable spotlight. Monica Lewinsky chimed in on the photo hacking in the latest issue of Vanity Fair as a contributing writer.
Even though the internet didn’t exist back in 1998 when her scandal with then-President Clinton emerged, the former White House intern understood the ramifications of having her privacy invaded. Reportedly, there were images of Lewinsky in lingerie floating around that were doctored.
She wrote, “In the last week or two, as new batches of nude celebrity pictures have circulated around the Web — again violating the privacy of the women depicted — I was reminded of the few moments of sheer panic I had undergone before I realized my photos were not real. I felt compassion for these young women.”
Lewinsky also reminded readers that over 20 hours of audiotape with then-BFF, Linda Tripp, were released to the public via C-SPAN. She understands the humiliation of intimate moments being shared with strangers.
“Like so many others, I feel outrage — as a fellow victim, as a civilized individual, and as a woman — when other women are so easily and publicly violated.”
The reluctant tabloid star scolded those who blame victims for taking the nude photos in the first place.
She chided, “It is immaterial that the recently purloined photos revealed under-dressed celebrities. And, yet, being human we often find ourselves torn between our own right to privacy and our dissolute desires as voyeurs and gossips in an image-and trivia-fueled culture. How much we indulge our inquiring minds is an individual choice. But certainly we can agree that stolen private nudes of actresses (or of anyone, really) is crossing the double yellow line.”
Some of the affected celebrities in the hacking included Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Miranda Cosgrove and an underage McKayla Maroney. The FBI is now investigating the source of the hacking.