Many fans were super proud of Bella Thorne for standing up to the man who hacked her account and threatened to release her personal photos last week. ICYMI, on Saturday, June 15, the actress decided to share the nude photos herself, in an attempt to take away his power.
But it turns out, not everyone was impressed with her actions. Because on Tuesday, June 18, The View host Whoopi Goldberg slammed the 21-year-old for taking the pictures in the first place.
“If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are, you don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” Whoopi said. “Listen, when they’re hacking you, they’re hacking all of your stuff whether it’s one picture or a million pictures. Once you take that picture it goes into the cloud and it’s available to any hacker who wants it. And if you don’t know that in 2019, that this is an issue. You don’t get to do that.”
But the former Shake It Up star was not happy with Whoopi’s response. Bella took to her Instagram Stories to share a letter she wrote to the talk show host.
“Dear Whoopi,” she wrote. “I have loved you for so long but honestly I’m so displeased and saddened by your response to my [leak.] Blaming girls for taking the photo in the first place is sick and honestly disgusting. So what, a girl can’t send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he’s already seen? I, as a woman, should be so scared walking about my home, being on my phone, doing anything? Is that what you want our woman to be like? Scared of the masses for their sexuality? Is that what you want?”
“I don’t. I’m offended for anyone out there who has ever taken a sexy photo,” she continued. “Your view on this matter is honestly awful and I hope you change your mind set as you are on a show talking to young girls.”
The “Walk With Me” singer also posted a video of herself as she broke down in tears over Whoopi’s words.
“I’m not gonna lie, I wanna say that I feel pretty disgusting,” she fired back. “I feel pretty disgusting Whoopi, knowing everyones seen my s—t and I just want to say that watching this video made me feel really bad about myself. And I hope you’re happy, I really do. I really hope you’re so f—king happy because I can only imagine all the kids who have their s—t released and then they commit suicide. You’re so crazy for thinking such terrible things on such an awful situation.”
Bella even revealed that she was cancelling her upcoming appearance on The View.
“I don’t really wanna go on The View anymore because I don’t really want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality,” she added. “I don’t really feel like that. And so, I’m going to cancel my interview because I don’t really want you guys talking about your views to young girls because I would not want my daughter to learn that and I would never say that to her.”
“Shame on you, Whoopi. Shame on you,” she said in one final video. “Shame on you for putting that public opinion just out there like that for every young girl to think that they’re disgusting for even taking a photo like that. Shame on you.”
And a bunch of stars were quick to show Bella their support. Fellow Disney alum Dove Cameron took to her own Instagram Stories to repost the actress’ message, adding, “@WhoopiGoldberg, really not cute of you to infer that women who take sexual photos of themselves (which is perfectly fine and healthy and we need to de-stigmatize) deserve to have it leaked for the whole world to see when it’s intentions were intimate. Slut shaming is OLD and you are out of line. NOT What I would teach my daughter. Not progressive.”
“@WhoopiGoldberg don’t be ugly! So unnecessary and terrible example for young women exploring sexuality. Why do we want them to be anything but healthy? Where’s the support,” she added. “Don’t spread cruelty and judgement. There’s so much of it already and it’s OLD NEWS. Where’s the progress for women?”
YouTuber Tana Mongeau also took to her Instagram Stories, writing, “F–k @WhoopiGoldberg. F–k slut shaming. F–k blaming girls for bad things that happen to them and inciting fear. I love you @BellaThorne. Whoopi, I feel so sorry for you to have that mindset.”
“Good for you baby girl. I am so proud of you for speaking up,” she wrote. “This breaks my heart. But you’re making a difference for other girls and women!”
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