In response to stolen nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and other female stars being shared all over Twitter, fans of the Hunger Games and X-Men star have been posting naked selfies under the hashtag ‘#LeakforJLaw’.
The campaign, which originated on the 4 Chan forum after the initial wave of leaked images, has witnessed hundreds of social network users post explicit nude pictures in support of Lawrence.
'#LeakforJLaw’ was suspiciously started by an anonymous 4 Chan user, likely in an attempt to see more nudity posted online.
However, it was embraced by fans regardless, with some commentators posting humorous content - and others taking the hashtag at face value and posting full-frontal nudes.
Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Lea Michelle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kirsten Dunst and others were reportedly affected by the leak, which is thought to have been caused by a security weakness in Apple’s iCloud service.
— ben fringuello (@benREVENGE) September 1, 2014
— Dominic Beesley (@Dommeister) September 1, 2014
Even comedian Ricky Gervais got involved in the debate, however he took a lot of flak for his light-hearted approach to the subject.
Anyone who retweets this leaked erotic photo of me should be ashamed of themselves. pic.twitter.com/p2KBa6serK
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 31, 2014
Twitter was bombarded with images of nudity from male and female users. Nonetheless, as the images breach the social network’s terms and conditions, they were removed as they were flagged up by users.
Early on Monday it emerged that Twitter users who retweet the images, which Lawrence's agent called a flagrant violation of privacy, may face legal action or even a visit from the police.