This week, Blake Lively unwillingly joined an exclusive club that no one wants to be in – that of celebs involved in sexting scandals. Unlike Rihanna, Vanessa, and the seemingly endless parade of celebs who get caught with their goodies out, though, Blake insists the photos are fake, and she’s taking legal action to make sure that anyone publishing them will cease and desist ASAP.
On Tuesday, a hacker released a number of photos that seemed to show the "Gossip Girl" actress posing for self-taken iPhone pics that leave nothing to the imagination. After her rep released a statement calling them “100 percent fake,” the hacker released even more photos today with the watermark “Oh, yes, Blake's rep. These are totally fake. We really, really believe you.” Though Blake’s people are still denying that the photos are real, the Internet’s abuzz with people making their own guesses as to the veracity of the pictures.
We’re not going to get into an amateur photo analysis here, but we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of one of our fave rules of thumb: think before you snap.
Sure, sexting may seem sexy in the short-term, but it’s less so when pics meant for one person get passed around to everyone – whether by being posted on every celeb-focused blog or by being sent around to everyone at your school (just ask Ally, whose sext-gone-viral's story was featured in the MTV News special "Sexting in America: When Privates Go Public".)
So, what should you do when that special someone asks for an extra-special pic? Think first about whether or not you want to take one. If it's not ok with you, you don't have to do it. Or if you're up for it, try keeping your photos more PG-13 and less triple-X –- there’s nothing sexier than a little bit of mystery. If they ask you to show more, it might be best to disconnect – pressuring you to do something just isn’t cool.
For resources and more info on sexting and digital dating abuse, check out MTV’s A THIN LINE.