Jennifer Lawrence's reps yesterday issued a statement saying "authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos".
Yesterday's unprecedented hacking of the personal pics of female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence is thought to have been made possible by a hacker taking advantage of an iCloud leak. The images were later uploaded and shared via internet forum 4chan.
Today, 4chan continued its recent run of notoriety by starting the Twitter hashtag '#LeakForJLaw' in an attempt to get women to share their own nude photos online in "solidarity" with Jennifer Lawrence.
Overnight, Buzzfeed posted images of the 4chan post in which anonymous users first proposed the idea, labelling it "The chance for the worldwide trolling of a lifetime."
"The goal: Hundreds of thousands of girls are going to post their own topless and nude pics to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr while holding handwritten 'Solidarity for Jennifer' signs. We need to frame this in a way that makes this trend seem like a SJW [social justice warrior] tactic to combat the patriarchal savagery of men on the internet!" says the post.
"Genius. Solidarity with a side of 'don't slut shame me'. Do it m8," said comments on another thread on the site. "If this actually gets going you deserve nobel price [sic]," added another supporter of the plan.
As Buzzfeed reports, 4chan users created new Twitter accounts from which to tweet naked images of women using the hashtags "#leakforjlaw" and "#IStandWithJLaw" to get the topic trending.
However, their efforts didn't go according to plan. The idea failed to take off, with most Twitter users expressing confusion and outrage at the hashtag, others suspecting 4chan for the attempt, and some deciding to troll the trolls themselves.
Jennifer won't even see this bc she doesn't have twitter, guys this is just a pervert trying to get your nudes #leakforjlaw— b///I//a (@smashingbia) September 1, 2014
I'm like 98% sure #leakforjlaw was started by 4chan. gg anons, gg— James Frith (@jamesfrith_) September 1, 2014
The only thing worse than creepy men acting like they've never seen a naked lady before is the #leakforjlaw movement. Idiots. Idiots!— Colette Lala (@ColetteLala) September 1, 2014
Somehow I doubt that random strangers' nude photos will make her feel better about her private files being hacked. #leakforjlaw— Kathleen Wilson (@yourownkathleen) September 1, 2014