It’s official. The nudes have been exposed…and trending.

Last Sunday night, not just one, but dozens of alleged nude celebrity photos were released onto an anonymous image-based bulletin board known as 4chan. Victims of the leak included Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Krysten Ritter, and many other female stars.

Although the cause of the leak has not yet been confirmed, Apple Inc. believes that the leak was due to an attack on the usernames, passwords, and security questions of celebrity iCloud accounts, not a breach of any of Apple’s security systems.

However, like all events nowadays, this recent leak has brought on an uproar of different responses on social media sites, especially Twitter.

A new controversial hash-tag accompanying the leak has also popped up, #ifmyphonewerehacked. Some found the hash-tag funny, whereas others thought it was a subtle form of slut-shaming, blaming the celebrities for the leak instead of the hacker.

Now, the responses from the celebrities themselves are few and far between. Response tweets ranged from denial…

to sarcastic comebacks…

to official statements of disgust.

Responses not only came from the celebrities affected themselves, but also from other stars such as comedian Seth Rogen and actresses Ashley Madekwe and Lena Dunham.

In a matter of seconds, something private became public.

Written by Chloe Jiang

Chloe Jiang is a senior and a co-editor-in-chief of The Sun, a tea aficionado, a La Jolla Cove frequenter, a grammar snob, and an advocate for gender equality. Among her favorite words are bougie and trite.

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