Over the weekend, Bella Thorne posted some nude photos of herself to Twitter after alleging a man was threatening to leak them. “I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life, u never will,” she tweeted alongside the pics.
The whole situation became a talking point on Monday’s episode of The View—and Thorne has now responded to comments made by co-host Whoopi Goldberg. During the episode, per People, co-host Sunny Hostin was defending Thorne. “It just saddens me that these kids have to go through this,” she said. “For someone to extort her or threaten her with posting these pictures, it’s terrible.”
Goldberg had a different take, though. “If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are, you don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” she said. “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, I’m sorry. You don’t get to do that.”
Bella Thorne took to Instagram and posted a series of responses to Goldberg’s criticism. “Dear whoopi, I have loved u for so long but honestly I’m so displeased and saddened by your response to my leek [sic]. Blaming girls for taking the photo in the first place? Is sick and honestly disgusting,” she wrote in a screenshot from the Notes app. “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 women [sic] should be so scared walking around my home, being on my phone, doing anything?”