British comedian Ricky Gervais has found himself under attack after cracking a joke about the celebrity nude photo hacking.
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Aussie actress Teresa Palmer are among a slew of celebrities whose nude photos have been leaked online by a hacker.
The FBI is now investigating the alleged hacking, while lawyers for both Lawrence and Upton have threatened to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen snaps on the internet.
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's publicist Liz Mahoney said. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Gervais offered up his thoughts about the Hollywood scandal in a post on Twitter writing, "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer."
The tweet has since been deleted, but can be seen in the screen grab below:
Hackers, don't hack into people's private lives. Gervais, stop victim blaming. It was NOT JLaw's fault. pic.twitter.com/xqAzQUAa3t— marnie?? (@ppreponlovato) September 1, 2014
However his attempt to make light of the situation only angered followers, with many taking aim at Gervais for appearing to blame the victims for the leak.
Gervais fired back at his detractors by making it clear he was not condoning the hacking.In a series of follow-up tweets, he wrote:
Making a joke about a thing doesn't mean you condone that thing.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Of course the hackers are 100% to blame but you can still makes jokes about it. Jokes don't portray your true serious feelings on a subject— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
It's more important to spend your energy trying to stop actual bad things than to run around trying to stop jokes about bad things.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Offence is the collateral damage of free speech.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Make jokes, not war.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014
Meanwhile, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and actress Patricia Arquette have followed in Lena Dunham's footsteps by condemning the hacker online and urging fans not to view the stolen snaps.
Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 1, 2014
Every time someone opens a stolen intimate nude photo of anyone. They are becoming a sexual molester. Participating in a group molestation.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 1, 2014
UR phone is your own property. Like anything in UR house. If someone broke in and stole something it would be illegal. It's the same.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 1, 2014
Please explain why it is alright to look at someones private stolen intimate images?— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 1, 2014