O n Wednesday, actress Gabrielle Union published an essay on Cosmopolitan. Union was one of the victims of the massive photo hack in August that targeted stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. She also notes that she felt especially helpless because so many of the photos that surfaced had been deleted years ago. The actress also compared speaking publicly about the hacking incident to when she was raped as a college student, noting that she stood up for herself then by helping the rapist get prosecuted, and she will stand up for herself now. The Bring It On star also said she was surprised at the outpouring of support, sometimes from places she least expected.
The Bring It On actress said the release of hundreds of private images was "a targeted attack, a hate crime against women" and "a new form of sexual abuse". In an interview published in Cosmopolitan , Union spoke candidly about having her privacy violated just days after getting married to her husband Dwayne Wade. Yet there they were, online for the world to see. I felt extreme anxiety, a complete loss of control. I suddenly understood that deleting things means nothing. And she questioned why others were not doing the same. The silence is deafening.
Gabrielle Union was one of nearly female celebrities to have her private nude photos hacked and leaked earlier this fall, and she's refused to stay silent in the wake of the crime. Since issuing an initial statement on having her own photos stolen, Union has remained vocal on online attacks on women, aptly distilling the stakes of the "scandal. Following up on a powerful new essay in the December issue of Cosmopolitan, Union spoke at Cosmo's Fun Fearless Life conference on Sunday and told editor Joanna Coles why she's maintaining her innocence despite victim-blaming:. I didn't do anything wrong -- no matter what people describe to me, "It's your fault, you're stupid to take nude photos, that's what happens when you're a celebrity" -- all this nonsense What you do with your own body is your choice. There's no gray matter there. And when someone takes your choice away and your power away over your own body, it's a crime. A hacking scandal?
Gabrielle Union was "mortified" over the hacking of her nude photos, which appeared online shortly after her wedding to NBA star Dwayne Wade - but she was gratified by how her family and friends responded. Union, who wrote an essay about the experience for Cosmopolitan's December issue , spoke publicly about it for the first time Sunday with editor-in-chief Joanna Coles at the Fun Fearless Life conference in New York City. I was mortified, terrified. I felt I had given so much of myself, but I had saved a little bit for myself and for my husband, and they had taken that from me.