In a world where celebrities are looked at as more of an abstract idea than actual people, lines of respect are often crossed. This happens as celebrities are relentlessly pursued by paparazzi and fans, by invasive questions during interviews and on social media, and in recent years (more prominently) by hacking their personal information and photos. One of the latest victims of hacking was Emma Watson and she’s refusing to allow it to become ‘the normal’.
Variety reports that Emma has decided to take legal action against photos of her that were stolen and leaked online. These photos weren’t nude photos but did show her trying on clothes. The photos are from a shoot a couple of years ago with a stylist and her spokesperson has released a statement and no further comments are being made.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
Social media posts claimed that nude photos were leaked and that’s what prompted the statement to be made in the first place. However, in whatever state of Dress Emma was in, there’s no excuse for hacking and releasing someone’s personal information or photos.
Emma has always had a place in the spotlight, but it’s been especially bright since she was cast as Belle in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The film was incredible, we were able to see it last night, and there was no one who could have played the role of Belle better. She was a vision, and it was obvious that she poured herself into the role.
While some people target celebrities who are in the spotlight, aiming for some type of infamy for being the person to stalk or leak their information, it’s more rewarding (and also – legal) to appreciate celebrities as humans too. They’re just the same as everyone else, the only difference is the job they signed up for. While they are entertainers, that doesn’t mean they’re required to be ‘on’ for us 24/7, or that we’re entitled to their personal information.