‘Emma, you are next (to be shown nude…)’

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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

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