For the third time since 2013, unknown hackers stole and leaked explicit and pornographic images from celebrities’ mobile phones and other devices. In contrast to previous leaks, however, the latest features all male celebrities.
The pictures appear to include stars such as Matthew McConaughey, David Beckham, and Mark Wahlberg, and body parts such as the penis, testicles, and asshole. The authenticity of these images remains unconfirmed and their source is unknown.
The leak went unnoticed for nearly two weeks until resurfacing on a handful of Stumble Upon accounts. A user on Reddit hosted the large “zip” files, but because the popular web-forum regulates the visibility of its content based on user approval, the post quickly dropped from popularity and public sight.
Some of the pictures show Oscar winner Brad Pitt in a grand bathroom. One such image depicts Pitt’s wife, actor/director Angelina Jolie (clothed), the couple’s many children (all clothed), and Pitt himself (completely nude) posing in front of a large mirror. His family stares blankly as Pitt sports a proud erection. The actor tweeted about the images, “Those photos were for my family and me. We feel grossly violated by their release.”
Donnie Darko actor Jake Gyllenhaal also confirmed the leaked photos were of him. “To everyone looking at the photos that I took for myself in the privacy of my home and in a few other places close by, I hope you feel great about yourselves.”
Unsurprisingly, most of the pictured men deny the leak is legitimate. On his Facebook page, Matt Damon publicly denied clipping his scrotum to, presumably, the battery of his car. Damon posted, “That doesn’t really look like my car.” Likewise, musician and producer Kanye West did not respond to The Quadrangle’s inquiries regarding the images of the rapper masturbating alone in a brightly illuminated, mirrored room.
Like its predecessors, the latest leak features many beloved celebrities. This time, however, the scandal has been met with overwhelming unpopularity and a dearth of coverage in the media.
The Quadrangle asked Gerard Baker, editor of The Wall Street Journal, to explain the lack of attention paid to this all-male leak. “Jesus Christ that’s fucking gross,” Baker responded. “Why did you tell me that happened? Ew. Ewwww.”