Patricia Arquette: Nude celebrity photo leak is 'societal molestation' - Metro US

Patricia Arquette: Nude celebrity photo leak is ‘societal molestation’

(EDITORS NOTE: image has been digitally manipulated) attends The 2014 Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards presented by Hamilton Watch and LA Confidential at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Since signing on to star in the upcoming series “CSI: Cyber,” Patricia Arquette has gotten an intimate look at the dark side of online technology. “We brought these devices into our homes, we’ve incorporated them with their conveniences into every aspect of our lives, but the things that they’re capable of are also really terrifying,” she says. “What is really strange to me is the amount of brilliant people who are spending their brilliance to do terrible things is pretty stunning.”

But when it comes to the massive leak of celebrity nude photos from earlier this year — with a long list of victims including Jennifer Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst — Arquette sees fault in more than just the hackers themselves:

“I think there’s a real love-hate relationship that people have with celebrities. If it was all of these wives are army soldiers in Afghanistan or Iraq that had their nude photos taken that they’d sent their husbands, I think there might have been a different response from the public. But the truth is as an actor you do spend months away from your partner sometimes. And to maintain fidelity with each other and a connection with each other, you want to share intimacies with your beloved, and there’s nothing deviant about that. The deviant thing is when other people feel they have a right to impose themselves into your private sexuality. And as a community or society that would agree with that concept or blame the victim, that is a deviant behavior. And we have to be very careful what we teach our children, that that is not acceptable, the same way that I would teach my son on a date not to maul somebody or paw them or to force himself on a woman when she says no. I would teach my child that’s their private sexuality. You have no business in it, they didn’t send it to you. Basically, I consider it a societal molestation when people share other people’s sexuality that they didn’t give to them.”

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