As most of you probably know, someone somewhere dumped a deluge of purported nude photographs of a number of female celebrities online yesterday. The victims include the likes of Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer. But the focal point for this story has been Hunger Games/American Hustle actress Jennifer Lawrence, since the Oscar winning actress is perhaps the most famous actress on the planet right now. Without going into sordid details ( Justice and Grande have claimed their respective photos are fake, others have confirmed they are real), I’d like to make two very specific points. Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.
Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a “scandal.” All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones. You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be act and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or sexual gratification.
Please don't take this the wrong way, but it really hurts my nerves that you drew every single white princess with the Tardis before you even drew one with a brown skin tone. That random characters who aren't even princesses (ie paperman girl, jack skellington, mary poppins) got drawn before Jasmine, Pocahontas, Kida, or Tiana. I LOVE your art, like really truly love it, but it's hard to love it when there's such blatant slanting to white characters and princesses.
How on earth would I not “take this the wrong way”?! 1. Mulan was in the first 4-5 Disney/Who designs that I did, and Jasmine was finished last month.
2. Tiana is one of my favorite characters, but I have struggled to find the right design for her, as she is so focused on her dreams (which is what I love about her, and why I identify with her so strongly), I am not sure she would want to run off with the Doctor to have an adventure. But, I have finally come up with a concept for her, which I posted here:
3. I don’t take into account the character’s skin tone (or if they are a “princess”) when I design these. I am thinking about their personality, their story, and how to merge it best with the prospect of an adventure with a crazy man in a blue box. So, and I rarely say anything like this, but fuck you. “Blatant slanting to white characters and princesses”?! Seriously, fuck you. Please stop following me and my art, I don’t need “fans” like you. This is one of the worst messages I have ever gotten, and I have gotten some real winners.