Why You Absolutely Shouldn't Look at the Naked Justin Bieber Photos

October 7th 2015

Laura Donovan

Justin Bieber just joined a long list of celebrities who have had nude photos leaked without their permission. The "What Do You Mean?" singer was just photographed by paparazzi swimming naked in Bora Bora, and the image is going viral on social media.

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Though many have taken this situation as an opportunity to joke around, it is no laughing matter. It is not OK to look at the picture of Bieber, because it was taken without his consent.

"[W]hile he was under the belief he was in a ~private~ resort, no less, but then this is the world we live in," Cosmopolitan columnist Alex Rees wrote.

This comes a year after the massive celebrity nude photo hack, also known as "The Fappening," in which hundreds of naked celebrity photos were posted online after hackers used phishing and and brute force to obtain Apple passwords and usernames. Understandably, many celebrities condemned the hack and Apple's services for allowing this to occur.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence's nude photos were part of the hack and she was criticized by Internet commenters earlier this year for posing nude for Vanity Fair magazine shortly after the scandal. Lawrence explained in her interview that there's a difference between taking nude photographs by choice and being violated by someone who wants to take advantage of such images.

"It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting," she said. "I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world. It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime... it is a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That's why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody's mind is to make a profit from it. It's so beyond me."

This comes back to Bieber as well. Even though he posted (and then deleted) a photo of his rear end on Instagram this summer, he shared that image by choice. He did not ask to be photographed during his trip to Bora Bora.