‘Emma, you are next (to be shown nude…)’
IN 2014, someone created an online clock and called it “Emma you are next”.
It was supposed to count down the seconds until some anonymous internet baddie would release stolen nude images of actress Emma Watson. The countdown clock turned out to be a hoax, appearing just after the “Celebgate” celebrity photo hacks and after Watson gave a feminist speech as a UN goodwill ambassador for women.
There were no stolen nudes to release; the whole thing, its creators claimed, was a prank to shut down 4chan over the site’s role in distributing revealing images stolen from the private accounts of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. It’s even more likely that the “Emma you are next” incident was simply a sketchy attention grab without any real cause behind it.
The hoax was believable at the time in part because the distribution of stolen private images of women has become a fixture of online abuse. And as it turns out, someone out there really was determined enough to abuse Watson in this way: a handful of private images of the actress appeared online on Tuesday night.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” a publicist for Watson confirmed to the BBC. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
It’s not clear where the images were first posted, or how they were stolen from her.
Celebgate is the obvious context for the newest release of stolen images. Watson had commented on Celebgate after it happened:
“Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.” – The Washington Post