It was earlier this week that Bella Thorne had to deal with an alleged hacker, who threatened to release topless images of the actress. But instead of letting the hacker have the power, Thorne got ahead of it by posting several of the photos herself.
Bella, 21, took matters into her own hands, even if meant sharing personal photos she didn’t intend for others to see. But not everyone saw it that way. Whoopi Goldberg had some things to say about Bella’s actions and during Tuesday’s episode of The View, shared her thoughts, saying that with technology and the presence of hackers looking to extort celebs, Bella should not have taken nude photos in the first place.
“If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are, you don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” Goldberg said. “When they’re hacking you, they’re hacking all of your stuff. So whether it’s one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud and it’s available to any hacker who wants it. And if you don’t know that in 2019 that this is an issue, I’m sorry … You don’t get to do that.”
Most were quick to point out that Goldberg’s comment came off as tone-deaf, victim-blaming and out of touch with a generation who’ve grown up with smart phones, dating apps and the 24/7 access they offer.
Thorne was furious about Goldberg’s comment and took to her Instagram Stories to respond. “Shame on you. I don’t really wanna go on The View anymore because I don’t really want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality,” Bella said tearfully, adding, “Watching this interview made me feel really bad about myself. Shame on you, Whoopi … for putting that public opinion just out there like that for every young girl to think that they’re disgusting for even taking a photo like that. cu.”
It was over the weekend that Thorne posted the pics of herself to social media after she was reportedly hacked last week, and the other View co-hosts were more understanding of the overall situation. Joy Behar made light of the events as she is wont to do (“If I had that body, I’d post them at the food emporium,” she quipped), Sunny Hostin said she felt sadness for young people having to manage the sometimes-rough social media terrain and Meghan McCain admitted that when she was dating, she received many nude pics and having a family in politics is the only thing that stopped her from reciprocating.
A more nuanced discussion about whether or not to share nude photos is one thing but making the potential victim of a phone hacking feel responsible for having taken them in the first place, instead of offering her support or even applauding her for having the courage to steer the story, has many criticizing Whoopi for what feels a case of the host being woefully out of touch.