Bella Thorne is no stranger to controversy. She found herself in the midst of it again recently, thanks to some nude photos she shared on Twitter.
Bella explained that she decided to release her own racy pictures after a hacker obtained them and threatened to release them. Opting to take ownership of the photographs, she posted them herself before the hacker had a chance.
It was a pretty big news item last week, so needless to say, plenty of people were talking about Bella’s move. That included the cohosts on The View, who had a roundtable discussion about the incident. One cohost took a particularly harsh viewpoint.
“If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are, don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” Whoopi Goldberg said on Monday’s episode, per Page Six. “When they’re hacking you, they’re hacking all of your stuff. So whether it’s one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud and it’s available for any hacker that wants it. If you don’t know that in 2019, that this is an issue … You cannot be surprised that someone has hacked you, especially if you have stuff on your phone. That’s why they’re hacking you.”
Bella took Whoopi’s comments hard. The actress, who is known for laying it all out there on social media and keeping it real with her fans, posted a series of tearful videos on her Instagram story reacting to what The View cohost said.
“[I feel] pretty disgusting, Whoopi, knowing everyone’s seen my [expletive] … I hope you’re happy … I can only imagine all of the kids who have their [expletive] released and then they commit suicide,” Bella said, in part.
“Dear Whoopi, I have loved u for so long but honestly I’m so displeased and sadden by your response to my [leak],” the 21-year-old additionally wrote. “Blaming girls for taking the photo in the first place? Is sick and honestly disgusting. So what a girl can’t send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he’s already seen?”
Bella also said that she’d be cancelling an upcoming scheduled appearance on The View, “because I don’t want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality.”
Meanwhile, others in the industry have come to Bella’s defense, including her former costar Zendaya.
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