Jon Stewart rips media scolds: Celebrities should be free to engage in ‘recreational nudity’
Daily Show host Jon Stewart blasted pundits on Wednesday for blaming the women affected by a mass theft of nude photographs stored privately online by unidentified hackers.
“According to these people, the laws constituting private property and stealing are somehow null and void when it comes to recreational nudity,” he said.
Many of the pictures of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, Stewart explained, were taken from Apple’s iCloud system. The company said on Tuesday that the images were taken in “targeted attacks.”
But despite the fact that the photos were taken without consent, commentators like MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski engaged in victim-blaming, asking why the victims would take those kinds of photographs at all.
“Yes, why?,” Stewart asked mockingly. “Why would a human being want to look at another human being’s naked body? It makes no sense? And why would people want to touch other people where they go to the bathroom?”
But while Stewart argued that people should have the right to take intimate photographs of themselves without having to worry about being targeted by voyeurs, correspondent Jordan Klepper opted to give up and just appear naked with his password information written across his body.
“I’m taking back my sexual power,” Klepper explained. “You want celebrity naughty bits? Here they are. Dinnertime, you sick f*cks.”
Stewart then tactfully explained to Klepper that neither hackers nor the general public wanted to see his “slumber chub,” to no avail.
“We are all being hunted,” Klepper said. “J-Law, J-Lo, J-Klep. People want to see our J-unk.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.