Today, being a celebrity means a multitude of things, some of which have nothing to do with your career field. More specifically, being a celebrity today means expecting your nude body to be shared with the masses without your consent. From web hackers to long-lens photographers, if you’re of public interest, someone is actively looking to invade your private life.
The latest victim is Sia Furler, the professionally mononymous singer/writer of all your favorite radio hits. Last night, November 6, the notoriously shy singer uploaded a screenshot of a paparazzi photo of her nude backside, and an accompanying sales pitch from the moral-less photographer: “If you make the purchase the photo will be unblurred and you will receive and additional 14 images [sic].”
Sia’s reason for uploading was to regain her own agency in how her body is seen: “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!,” she tweeted with the photo. For Sia, if you have to expose yourself you might as well get some promo out of it (her new album is titled Everyday Is Christmas).
While a bold and brave move, it should have never happened. Sia should not have to expose herself because someone else was trying to for money. This is not a revelation, but its sadly on par for 2017.
We are choosing to not post Sia's tweet in full because it only fuels a voyeuristic culture. Instead buy Everyday Is Christmas on iTunes here.