They’re calling it The Fappening 2. Just two days after newly anointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an empowering, passionate speech on feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, one in which she opined on being “sexualized by certain elements of the media” at a young age, another collection of photos and videos of nude—presumably hacked—celebrity women has made its way onto the Internet.
Amber Heard, the 28-year-old star of films like Pineapple Express and The Rum Diary and fiancée of Johnny Depp, who’s also a prominent social activist, having lent her support to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, and GLAAD, has become the latest victim of hacking, with 54 photos of the actress leaking online Monday. In one of the photos, Heard appears to be holding a sign addressed to Depp that says, “Good afternoon my beloved Tonto man. This blonde Texan bitch will eat you alive. I want. I need. Give me what’s mine!!” Depp portrayed Tonto in The Lone Ranger.
Other hacked celebrities include actress Scarlett Johansson, Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel, Rihanna, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Nichols, Meagan Good, and Gabrielle Union, among others.
Good’s name was trending all day Sunday on Twitter, and the actress released a statement via her Instagram on the leak, writing, “I’m definitely in shock… saddened for every one who is experiencing this… but I 'choose' not to give the persons responsible my power. At the end of the day we all know these pictures were for my husband. And at the end of the day evidently we all know how I feel about my titties. That’s all I’ve got folks. Oh yeah and for everyone who’s reposting the leaked nudes? You should be ashamed of yourself.”
And Union, who is fresh off her honeymoon to NBA star Dwyane Wade, told TMZ that the couple’s legal team will be contacting the FBI over the hack and issued a joint statement with her husband saying, “It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures… I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide.”
The first cache of photos landed online in late August, and celebs Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and others were targeted. Lawrence (via her rep), after confirming the photos’ authenticity, requested that the authorities launch an immediate investigation into this “flagrant violation of privacy,” warning that anyone who “posts the stolen photos” will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Most of the photos were hosted by the image hosting website Imgur, and first emanated online on 4chan and Reddit message boards. The online pervs discussing these stolen images and videos have deemed it “the greatest leak ever” and dubbed the whole disgusting episode “The Fappening”—a play on the M. Night Shyamalan flick The Happening and “fap,” which is, I’m sorry to say, Internet speak for something attractive (since it’s meant to represent the sound one makes while masturbating).
The second leak occurred the morning of Sept. 20, with nude photos of Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettierre, Mary-Kate Olsen, and loads of other women leaked online. And a website birthed on 4chan has emerged with an "Emma Watson countdown clock," seemingly targeting the Harry Potter actress in the wake of her moving speech at the UN.
Most of the photos are alleged to have come from these celebrities’ iCloud accounts—Apple’s online storage system. Apple, of course claimed that the iCloud was not compromised, and released the following statement in the wake of the initial leak:
“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”
No arrests have been made so far.