Bella Thorne rebuked Whoopi Goldberg in a series of videos uploaded to her Instagram story Tuesday afternoon after the “View” co-host shamed the actress for taking nude photos of herself.
“Shame on you, Whoopi,” a tearful Thorne said. “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.”
The “View” segment, which aired Monday, centered on Thorne’s decision to post a few of her nude photos on Twitter while revealing that her phone had recently been hacked. The money-seeking hacker had threatened to release images Thorne had intended for “one special person,” she explained in a Notes app image, adding she chose to release them herself as a way to reclaim her power.
“For too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m . . . sick of it,” she wrote. “I’m putting this out because it’s MY DECISION NOW U DONT GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME.”
Thorne rose to fame alongside Zendaya on the Disney Channel sitcom “Shake It Up,” which concluded in 2013. She has since appeared in several films and starred in the Freeform series “Famous in Love.”
The “View” co-hosts were split in their reactions to Thorne’s tweet. Sunny Hostin lamented that young people like Thorne, who is 21, “have to go through this” in the era of social media. Meghan McCain pointed out it is very common to send and receive nude photos and that she probably would have done the same while dating years ago were it not for her family’s involvement in politics.
Goldberg, on the other hand, expressed that she felt famous people should not take nude photos in the first place, given the increased interest in their personal lives: “Whether it’s one picture or a million pictures,” she said, “once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud, and it’s available to any hacker who wants it. If you don’t know that in 2019, this is an issue, I’m sorry, but you don’t get to do that.”
Thorne’s situation is reminiscent of a widespread phishing scheme from 2014, in which hundreds of Apple iCloud accounts — including those of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and more — were hacked and their nude photos leaked. That fall, Lawrence told Vanity Fair that “just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, doesn’t mean I asked for this.
“It does not mean that it comes with the territory,” she continued. “It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting.”
Three years after the hack, Lawrence spoke to the Hollywood Reporter while promoting “Mother!” and said she was still processing the invasion of her privacy. (One of the men involved in the hack, Ryan Collins, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Another, George Garofano, got eight months.)
In her Instagram story, Thorne similarly touched upon the emotional distress the hack — and Goldberg’s negative reaction to it — has caused her. She had apparently been scheduled to appear on “The View” in the near future, most likely to promote her memoir, “The Life of a Wannabe Mogul.”
“I just want to say that me watching this interview made me feel really bad about myself,” Thorne said. “I don’t really want to go on ‘The View’ anymore because I don’t want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality.”