A couple of days ago Stonesourwolf posted pics of Britanny Snow’s birthday party. People happily reblogged and manipped. This part is on you, fandom. Think before you reblog, always.
Someone began to ask questions and SSW admitted she guessed the password to the gallery site. SSW was pretty defensive about the whole thing because people started messaging her about privacy and “how dare you”. She insisted that what she did was okay. That’s on her.
Now, a good number of people deleted their reblogs and everything seemed to have calmed down, mostly. Except fans began alerting Tyler/the Teen Wolf twitter.
Then today Tyler called her out publicly. SSW already had closed her askbox over this hours earlier, so no, there probably weren’t any death threats sent to her personally. Some fans have used some pretty violent language toward her in tweets directed at Hoechlin, but no one seems to know her twitter handle. She blacked-out the SSW blog but didn’t delete it, which makes me think she intends to come back or perhaps rename when this blows over.
SSW is not a teenager and she’s not personally receiving death threats right now, unless it is from people who know her beyond the SSW account, though I personally have not seen any or seen her respond. I believe that if people knew how to contact her though, they *would* probably send threats and that is not okay. Don’t do it.
You are all partly complicit in this kind of thing because you salivate for glimpses into your favorite celebs’ lives, so much that an entire market exists around this, so much that people get hurt and even die for this. It’s great that we can all call out SSW because that means we don’t have to think about ourselves perpetuating a culture in which a celebrity’s life is not their own. That’s on you.
SSW should have known better. SSW in particular should fucking well know about boundaries and what happens when people think they have a right to someone else’s body.
Best case scenario is that SSW comes out and apologizes for taking the pictures and learns not to do it in future, no matter which celeb. And you, you should all stop howling for her blood and start thinking why this could happen. Why you never checked where those pics came from. Why you are so angry right now. If maybe you could stop wanting to know everything about an actor as if by choosing this career they signed over their dignity and humanity as well.
SSW is a person. Tyler and Brittany are both people. Stop being a bloody mob and start being goddamn human beings.