What goes on in the minds of people who spend their free time mounting online attacks against actresses they presumably like? Does knowing that they were responsible for the cruel violation of dozens of peoples’ privacy give them the confidence they need to make it through another day at Best Buy? Are they working up the nerve to someday harass women in real life? Are their keyboards even coated in Cheetos dust?
Or maybe trolls aren’t complex creatures at all. Maybe they are just driven by impulsive hatred, as seems to be the case with the person who went to great lengths just to spite Jennifer Lawrence on Wikipedia yesterday.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence made her first public statement since she was inducted into a club nobody wants to join (i.e., people whose private photos were stolen and posted on the Internet) last month. She condemned the attack as “disgusting” and “a sex crime” before adding, “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for.”
That angered an anonymous someone who believes that Jennifer Lawrence has no right over her own body. That someone managed to get around a heightened level of security by creating a “sock puppet” account and posing as a registered Wikipedia user in order to post a stolen nude picture of Lawrence on her Wikipedia page. And when the picture was taken down, they posted it again. In total the picture remained up for about 20 minutes, but the perpetrator’s FBI record will hopefully remain forever.