Sports entertainers may offer their image to public consumption as their professional practice, but what they are not trading is their intimacy — to merely look is an act of sexual violation.
The Miz is one of a growing group of celebrities who have learned overnight that even their own phones have been used as surveillance against them.
For those who have ever anxiously untagged a lurid photo of themselves splashed across Facebook, please, then, consider the insidious implications of the latest celebrity hacking scandal.
The data being shared on sites like 4Chan (apparently by a user called D-Ziggles) are intimate, spray-tanning photographs of a wrestler taken by his friend, possible lover, and/or stunt-double.
It’s an act of sexual violation, and it deserves the same social and legal punishment as meted out to stalkers, sexual predators, and Ric Flair when he claimed to have racy photos of Miss Elizabeth.
Violation it is, too, because whatever the medium of communication between lovers (whether it’s a telephone call, a text message or the spray-tanning act itself), the conversation is private and to intrude upon it is sexual involvement that has occurred without consent, like what Kane did to Katie Vick.
The Miz and Damien Mizdow deserve their privacy, away from the prying eyes of spray-tan fetishists.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Content flagrantly plagiarized for satirical purposes from The Guardian article “If You Click on Jennifer Lawrence’s Naked Pictures, You’re Perpetuating Her Abuse”