Reese Witherspoon caused a ruckus at this year’s MTV Movie Awards when she said,
“It’s…possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hit it under your bed. And like if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people.”
Witherspoon denies she was referencing actress Blake Lively, who recently had nude cell phone photos leaked online. Between her, Vanessa Hudgens, and a handful of other celebs, there’s the looming possibility that this isn’t so much a leak as it is someone turning the faucet on—full force.
Whether it’s a publicity stunt or not, these photos have put Blake’s name in the headlines. And a handful of celebrities, intentionally or not, got their start from a leaked sex tape. They’ve already make a career off of their looks, so why not? It’s not like Lively was going to win the Academy Award for Gossip Girl.
Other celebs, purposely or not, grabbed onto the fallout from their sex tapes and turned the whole ordeal into superstardom. Why not? If you’re going to be humiliated, you might as well make something of it.
Publicist Ronn Torossian offers his take on the situation to the Business Insider:
“Let us not forget, after all, that there are celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna who weren’t hurt by naked pictures, and Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became household names after their ‘leaked’ sex tapes.”
“I’d venture this was the first time Lively ranked as the leading Google search of the week.”
Whether it’s leaked deliberately or not, there’s no denying the fact that nude celebrity photos have turned homemade porn stars into mega stars. Hey, it’s better than doing a scene with Ron Jeremy.