The Young Turks host Hasan Piker – the progressive network’s rising star with a history of fantasizing about female politicians and graphically disparaging women – gleefully celebrated the hacking and release of intimate photos of various female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, who had their personal iCloud accounts breached and their intimate photos leaked on August 31st, 2014.
Lawrence called the hack “a sex crime” and told Vanity Fair “anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame.” Earlier this year, Lawrence further revealed that the traumatic experience still affects her when she said “I feel like I got gang-banged by the f**king planet” as a result of the crime.
Piker, on the other hand, gleefully took to Twitter to brag “OMG I GOT TO SEE JENNIFER LAWRENCE NAKED.”:
Later that day, Piker – whom Buzzfeed called “Woke Bae” in a profile this year – justified looking at the hacked pictures – which virtually every prominent feminist urged people not to click on, in an attempt to limit the invasion of privacy – with a truly backwards explanation. Piker argued that because the photos were hacked from iCloud, they were fair game to look at, tweeting “Nudies are only for the eyes of the intended delivery address and their close friends. Except for when icloud gets hacked. #CelebGate #JLaw”:
Piker apparently could not contain his euphoric fascination with these illegally leaked photos to his Twitter account. Rather, he casually viewed the sexually explicit pictures on a computer at work the next day with two of his male TYT colleagues, according to an Instagram video posted by fellow TYT host Ana Kasparian.
Unfortunately, Piker’s behavior was not just a gross violation of the hacking victims’ privacy – it also upset at least one of his female colleagues. On September 1st, 2014, Kasparian, who publicly stated this March that “there were issues [of sexism] in the beginning [of the Young Turks],” posted a video on Instagram of Piker and two other Young Turks employees excitedly looking at the sexually graphic pictures on a work computer while discussing their favorite types of pornography. Kasparian posted the video, which as of this piece’s publication time is still up and can be viewed below, and included the caption “Co-workers looking at the leaked nudes from the hacking scandal while I judge them.”:
Several of Kasparian’s followers on Twitter replied to this video with disgust, prompting Kasparian to respond back with scathing comments aimed at Piker and his colleagues, like “Not surprising at all. Apparently these guys think it’s totally fine to violate someone’s privacy,” and “These guys don’t give a shit about the privacy of women b/c at the end of the day they get 2 see tits.”:
Kasparian also expressed frustration to a user with the handle @DaHumanist the next day, saying “I don’t know why I waste my time with these stories. All they do is reveal how terrible people are.” Later that day on that same thread, Kasparian wrote to a user named Eira Duval to express similar sentiment, writing: “Girl, I work in the middle of this sh*t every single f*cking day. I’m exhausted, and tired of wasting my time.”:
Unsurprisingly, this not the only time Piker expressed delight at the release of illegally hacked intimate photos of a female celebrity. When model Charlotte McKinney was the victim of a similar cyber attack in April of 2015, Piker wrote “I can’t believe @Char_mck nudes leaked today…. which leads me to think – I should’ve wished for a billion dollars instead.”:
These revelations are just the latest examples of Piker’s sexism to surface – and seem to suggest such conduct is either permitted or ignored at TYT, despite one of the network’s own employees publicly sharing the discomfort it caused her.
Stay tuned for more.
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