Now That We’ve All Seen Chris Evans’ Junk Can We Talk About Why We Only Slut-Shame Women For Leaked Nudes?

  • Actor Chris Evans accidentally leaked private nude photos of his genitals online.
  • Fans responded by supporting Evans and directing attention away from the mishap on Twitter.
  • Female celebrities have never gotten the same support and are instead slut-shamed and blamed for the leaks.

Chris Evans has finally spoken out about accidentally leaking his own nude photos, calling the incident a “very interesting weekend, full of lessons learned.” It occurred when the “Captain America” actor posted a clip of him playing a round of Heads Up. He accidentally flashed the camera roll on a phone during the video, where a picture of male genitals can clearly be seen. While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s believed that both the phone and the genitals belonged to Evans.

Despite the video being quickly deleted, screenshots continue to make their rounds on the internet, causing Evans’ name to trend on Twitter. Fans rushed to his rescue by flooding their social media pages with unrelated information about the actor. Doing this altered perceptions on why his name was trending and helped to distract the public from learning about what happened.

Where’s this kind of support when nudes are leaked of female celebrities?

Women Are Told Not To Take Scandalous Photos

Kat Dennings was the only celebrity to point out the irony surrounding the public’s response to Chris Evan’s private photos. Instead of coming to the rescue when a female celebrity’s nude photos are leaked, fans berate them for taking sexy pictures in the first place.

Take Jennifer Lawrence for example. Her iCloud was hacked and her personal photos were put on public display, yet no one tried to hide the reason why her name was trending in the news. Instead, the world responded by slut-shaming her and saying she should have known the risk of being hacked. She is a celebrity after all!

Unlike most other female celebs, Lawrence refused to apologize for the incident. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she explained that she started to write an apology to her fans, but soon realized there was nothing to be sorry for.  She did, however, have quite a bit to say about those profiting from her exposure:

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 [is] so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside. Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re committing a sexual offense. You should cower with shame.

While the incident hasn’t affected Lawrence’s acting career, some other female celebrities haven’t been as fortunate.

Leaked Nudes Have Ruined Careers

Vanessa Hudgens’ career never recovered after her private photos were leaked in 2007 | Source: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity Photographer

When male celebrities have to deal with leaked private photos, public reactions are far kinder. People tend to be more empathetic and understanding. However, female celebrities have lost their careers over similar circumstances. When Vanessa Hudgens’ personal pictures were leaked to the press, she was not only slut-shammed but blamed for the entire incident.

It wasn’t just the public who was giving her crap though. As the star of the “High School Musical” franchise, Disney made it pretty clear that they weren’t taking the actress’s side on the issue. In a statement released by a Disney spokesman, Hudgens was blamed entirely. Not only did they call the incident a “lapse in judgment” on her part, but they stated they hope she “learned a valuable lesson.”

If Disney hadn’t made it clear enough that they found Hudgens to blame in that statement, they surely did in discussions with other Disney stars. Joe Jonas once recalled what it was like behind the scenes after the scandal broke saying:

We’d hear execs talking about it, and they would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes.

If you didn’t already know, Hudgens’ career has yet to recover from the incident.

We’ve Been Taught To Slut-Shame Women

“Captain America” star Chris Evans | Source: Gage Skidmore

It wasn’t too long ago that women were considered the property of their fathers and then their husbands after marriage. More than not having the right to vote, women couldn’t own property, have control over money, or even have legal authority over their own children. It wasn’t until the ’70s that women could even take out a credit card without their husband’s permission!

Societal remnants from that period continue to oppress women today. Men controlled women for so long, that their manipulative tactics have spilled over into modern civilization. Generations of fathers have taught their sons how to treat the ladies in their life, using slut-shaming to maintain power over the female body. While it has certainly gotten better since the 1800s, it’s nowhere near perfect.

Chris Evans’ fans did him a huge favor by directing the attention away from his private photos on Twitter. The next time a female celebrity has her nudes leaked (because there will always be a next time), I can only hope that the public response is the same!

 

Last modified: March 4, 2021 2:45 PM

Rose Burke: US based writer Rose Burke often writes humorous essays inspired by her awkward experiences and life’s cruel sense of humor. When she's not doing that, she's typically writing entertainment articles on women's issues, politics, celebrities, and pop culture. Email her at writerroseburke@gmail.com, contact her on LinkedIn.