The Sexy Picture Scandal: Where is the love?


I’m sure many of you know that some naked photos of celebrity women have been leaked. Living in Hollywood and feeling called love the women here, this has been very close to my heart this week. I have read countless statuses about how it’s “their fault” because they “shouldn’t have taken the photo in the first place.” For starters, where is our grace? Our compassion? Our humanity? Our love?

If someone’s bank account was hacked, would you tell them you should just never do online banking? Never buy anything online again? No.

How would you feel if someone hacked and read some of your most intimate emails? Personal business?

Even if the argument is that taking the photos in the first place is a mistake, have you ever made a mistake? How would you feel if your most private moment, or biggest mistake, or worst day, happened to go completely viral and public for the world to see? These words of hate and destruction being pointed at these women makes me wonder…what would Jesus do? Actually, I know:

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
-John 8:7

Reading these hateful statuses about how it’s their fault, they deserved it, or calling these women stupid is so insensitive and completely heartless. The breaking, obvious news is this, friends: There is NO excuse. NO girl deserves it. My Jesus died for what we all “deserve.” So I’m pretty sure that we don’t have room to condemn these women–it is not our job, and it is not going to help.

It doesn’t matter WHY these women took the photos. NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE, deserves to have their private life exploited. NO ONE deserves this kind of violation or humiliation.

Disagreeing with someone’s lifestyle or choices is not an excuse to hate or condemn them.

I am absolutely ashamed of the statuses declaring that somehow this violation can be justified. It can’t. If we really cared about the hearts of these women and this issue, we would not extend such mean spirited attitudes and cutting words. It is through loving these women that their lives will be transformed, not through making fun of them, calling them names, or condemning them.

Ephesians 4:14-16 explains that how mature Christians will be able to speak truth, but always in love. We are essentially bullying celebrities rather than seeing them as real women with real issues. Let’s stop the bully mentality and become mature women of God, using our love to reach their hearts.

None us are perfect. And my point is simply that none of us would love for our poor decisions to be public and viral. Us being hateful toward these women won’t do anything to build God’s kingdom or positively impact our culture or their lives. It is through speaking truth with love, compassion, grace, and knowing that none of us are flawless either.

Let’s remember that these celebrities are people. WOMEN. Real women. Just like you and I. Let’s show them some compassion. Let’s have sympathy.

Let’s show these women some extravagant love…the kind of love that God has for us.

Rachael Lee Clarkson

3 thoughts on “The Sexy Picture Scandal: Where is the love?

  1. Thank you for this Rachael – I often think that when celebrities are vilified over mistakes it’s incredibly unfair and unacceptable. They make mistakes just like the rest of us and no one has the right to judge. I would hate to be in the public eye just because I happen to be incredibly good at my job. And we as Christian women can sometimes be the most damning and judgemental. We need to encourage and build them up rather than hurt them even more. There is nothing God-glorying about gossip, slander or malice. Love what you are doing out there!

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