For the past month, social media and celebrity gossip sites, and even our online radio show have discussed “The Fappening,” a seemingly unending turn of events where hackers have managed to find their way into Apple’s iCloud service and extract all the personal and intimate photos of celebrities that are contained within. Photos of the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, and Hayden Panettiere have surfaced all over the Internet on sites such as Reddit and 4-Chan, just to name a few. Of course this has led to much outrage on the part of the celebrities who feel their privacy was being violated. Jennifer Lawrence’s camp even went as far as to threaten to sue anyone posting the photos on Twitter and urged Twitter (now a publicly traded company) to hand out a few suspensions for posting these photos online. Gabrielle Union who also recently was leaked is threatening to call the FBI directly.
Sure, anybody who had their privacy violated would be a little upset, but as the old saying goes “every cloud has a silver lining” (no cloud pun intended), and some good things have actually come from the Fappening other than a few naked celebrities for some men to get excited about. Here are a few ways the Fappening was a benefit to all of us you may not have thought about.
1: The Fappening Has Exposed Security Concerns in Apple’s iCloud Service
Truth be told, the Fappening could never have happened without there being something exploitable in Apple’s iCloud service. That means all the things you are securely uploading to this thing called “the cloud” aren’t as secure as you think, and isn’t that something, as an Apple user, you need to be aware of? The Fappening has not only taught us to watch what we “upload for safekeeping” but also has taught Apple “your system needs to improve” which can only benefit those of you who ARE NOT watching what you upload. While Apple isn’t solely to blame for the Fappening it’s caused the company to have to look at “who is getting into our iCloud and how?” Security measures can only improve as a result of this and that’s good for all of us.
2: We Learned A Little About the Etiquette of Sending Nudes
If you’re on the Internet in this generation, let’s be honest, chances are you’ve taken and sent a nude photo to someone. It’s 2014. This is pretty much normal. However, we’ve seen how quickly that “saved photo” can get out if you don’t delete or remove it. Sure you still have to worry about whomever you are sending it to but at least it’s taught us all that if we’re really that worried about it we have to be more selective in who gets to see our naked bodies. Let’s be honest here: Is there any reason Jennifer Lawrence has like 50 or more naked photos of herself in an accessible location? We’ve learned how NOT to take, send, or save nudes from these people. These celebrities got burned so you don’t have to.
Number 3: No Publicity Is Bad Publicity
Before the Fappening I had no earthly clue who Kaley Cuoco or Aubrey Plaza were. Truth be told, I barely have a clue even now – but this whole “celebrity nudes” scandal has put their name on websites and in newspapers and in an age where we can get on the Internet and see two women eating feces out of a cup is being naked online really all that scandalous? Show business is all about getting exposure (this time the pun WAS intended, sue me) and that is what everyone in the Fappening got – exposure. Sure it was for naked photos, but in the grand scheme of things isn’t that better publicity than being “caught with drugs,” or “getting a DUI?” At least through the Fappening everyone is made out to be a victim of harassment and privacy invasion as opposed to being “just a complete asshole.”
Unless you’re Hope Solo, who is in the news for domestic violence charges (and also had some of the creepiest and worst photos in the Fappening to date).
Number 4: It Solved That Pesky “No Celebrities Pose Naked Anymore” Problem
Back in my youth, Playboy was a big deal and celebrities doing Playboy was a big deal. Nowadays, Playboy struggles to be relevant (again due to this era where finding naked photos is as easy as a push of a button), but generally most of the women doing Playboy are sad and irrelevant these days instead of women on the top of the celebrity food chain. While Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna and others won’t do a Playboy shoot, well, truth be told, this is pretty damn cool. There were plenty of celebrity nude photo leaks BEFORE the Fappening, and truth be told it’s become “the new Playboy.” It makes one wonder if some of the leaks may have even been intentional just to get some interest and some reaction after all.
Number 5: The Scavenger Hunt Returns!
The Fappening actually brought a little fun back to the Internet. We have had it too easy for too long where Google allows us to find anything in a relatively short amount of time. With all the “Cease and Desisting” going on and attempts to shut down anyone who posts one of these photos, it’s a giant game of Whack-A-Mole on the Internet, and the first few results may not show you the photos or may not even work! Is it possible that something you Google for can’t be found on the first page of search results? Fappening photos don’t come as easily as you would think because a lot of Fappening sites are here today, gone tomorrow.
Number 6: Unless You Were One of the Celebrities it was GOOD News For Once
Truth be told, the news pretty much sucks. It’s all depressing and will make you lose more faith in the world and humanity if you listen to enough of it. We have EBOLA outbreaks, ISIS beheading people, white cops shooting black kids with riots ensuing, and football players beating the crap out of their families. Murder trials, double murder trials, triple murder trials, talks of disease, talks of war – but you know what brightens the day just a little? Naked celebrities and most people seemed to enjoy the leaks. Even straight women were looking at their favorite celebrities to compare and contrast their own bodies or to make jokes. The Fappening was a nice little distraction from the dull and depressing news that dominates every single day.
Number 7: It Showed Us Celebrities Aren’t Really All That Special.
There’s so much celebrity worship in the world today. “Hysteria” would be a good word for it. With the leaks from the Fappening, while every red-blooded hetero male enjoys some tits and some ass, it also “wasn’t really that special.” You take away the Photoshop and the air-brushing, and the 3 hours of makeup and the “beauty shot” cameras, and the flattering angles and costumes, and most of these celebrities are just like anybody else – and in some cases a whole lot worse. I’ve slept with better women and I’ve seen better women. By taking celebrities down a notch, I think everybody else moves up a notch and gains a little confidence. Out there are a few women realizing “hey, I’m actually better than Jennifer Lawrence who most men think is a 10.” It’s an ego-boost for all of us normal, mortal people that don’t make $5 million a year.
I mean really, this photo of Jennifer Lawrence leaked from the Fappening (from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past) is the furthest thing from sexy, ever.
In conclusion the Fappening may have been a gross violation of privacy. It may have upset a celebrities and rallied a few social justice warriors attempting to white knight their favorite actress. But it also had a lot of positive consequences that can’t be denied.