Sia Furler is known for being very private, both on and offstage. Her public persona is characterized by her use of wigs, masks, and even a paper bag to hide her face.
Apparently, an agency was attempting to sell 15 nude pictures of the Australian singer. It’s unclear which agency and who it was trying to sell them to but instead of being the victim of yet another naked photo leak, Sia tweeted out the picture herself: “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Every day is Christmas!”
Sia’s fans reacted with pride to this, and with good reason. Though she obviously sacrificed part of her own highly valued privacy, she fought back against the very normalized invasions towards female celebrities.
SIA I’M SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/ZUY03DFnsE
— Adele Union (@AdeleUnion) November 7, 2017
No matter how talented or hard-working a woman is, celebrity culture will always attempt to sexualize her. Someone as fiercely private as Sia becomes the perfect target. She’s talented and successful and hides her face to perform, but just like every other celebrity, there is a perception that her body belongs to the public.
Though her response to this was awesome, and basically made the pictures worthless, it’s important to remember that they were taken without her consent. “Leaking” nudes is a nice way to avoid saying “violation of privacy”.
As Jennifer Lawrence said after her iCloud account was hacked and her photos were stolen: “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory.”
Let’s take Sia’s example to work harder to respect the privacy of all women: it doesn’t matter if they’re celebrities or how public they are about their lives. We should remember that women’s bodies are not objects to ogle at, and the only nude photos we should look at are those that are shared willingly.