Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton have fired up their lawyers and managed to get most of their leaked nude photos off of the sites that were posting them. But E! reports that the photos will be coming back to public view anyway.
Los Angeles artist XVALA intends to create uncensored, life-sized versions of them, call them “art” and display them in a gallery in St. Petersburg, FL in October.
The exhibit’s publicist does what an amoral publicist does.
“XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era,” said publicist Cory Allen. “The commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today. We all become ‘users’ and in the end, we become ‘used.'”
In this case, used by the publicist and the artist he represents. Cha-ching!
XVALA has been gathering up leaked celebrity photos for seven years using Google, and intends to use that collection in his exhibit.
Being wary of Google and Facebook is wise. They are universal data-mining and privacy-deleting megacorporations.
But the “Fear Google” logic isn’t exactly sound in the recent leak case. The photos were posted on iCloud, which is Apple, and were posted on sites like 4chan after the hacker or hackers obtained them. Google was merely the means by which many Internet users found the photos once the media went into overdrive reporting on the leak.