Almost two months after her private pictures went public via a hacker breaking into her iCloud account, Gabrielle Union lashed out at feminists and women’s groups for not coming to the defense of female stars who had been victimized.
In August of this year more than 200 intimate and nude photos of female celebrities were leaked to the public, including ones of Union, Jennifer Lawrence and Meagan Good.
“Where are all the women’s groups, the feminists, demanding justice in this case?” she asked in an essay in Cosmopolitan. “The silence is deafening. Any time you lose control over your body, it’s a violation and a crime. In addition, some of the stolen photos reportedly depict women when they were underage — that’s child pornography. I hope people think about all these things when they consider clicking on these private images.”
Union learned of the leak while on her honeymoon with her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade. The two were married in August but the photos had been deleted years ago, she said.
In September, Union and Wade told TMZ that they were planning on contacting the FBI and offered their support to the other women who were affected.
“It is not a scandal,” she wrote. “It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
The Deliver Us From Eva star and her husband stand by the fact that they have done nothing wrong. They have been taken advantage of and their privacy has been invaded.
“I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time, women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them,” Union wrote.