Incase you all are wondering, gymnastike has still not taken the article down
in fact, they updated it today with more information
so they have time to update on something that has no business even being on the website but no time to release any sort of apology for leaking to private photos as well as FAKE pornographic photos
So if you weren’t around last night, this is an explanation of last nights drama. If you were around, feel free to send this link to the 9000 people who will inevitably ask you what the fuck happened.
On Saturday afternoon a “master list” of celebrities nude photos was released on 4chan. Big names like Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Victoria Justice and nearly 100 others, including McKayla Maroney, were on this list. USAG has commented to journalists that Maroney’s pictures are indeed fake, but regardless, the pictures are dated before her 18th birthday. This means that if these pictures weren’t altered, that they would be considered child pornography.
Around 8 PM last night, Gymnastike posted an article entitled “Maroney Victim of Nude Photo Leak”. Not only did Gymnastike draw attention to this to their readers (many of whom are young girls), but they LINKED to the original, potentially illegal photos. Gymnastike makes no mention that these pictures are fake. (You can read this article, which has been screenshotted to avoid giving Gymnastike ad revenue here.)
The gymternet stepped up to the plate and called Gymnastike on their shit by tweeting them, their parent company Flocasts and USA Gymnastics. The hashtag #BoycottGymnastike was all over twitter with fans expressing their objections to this posting. After this, Gymnastike deleted the link to the original pictures from their article and deleted the link to their article from twitter. However, even now the article itself remains on Gymnastike’s website.
Several fans and members of the gymnastics community spoke with USA Gymnastics officials about Gymnastike’s posting. Leslie King, USAG’s Communication director has issued a similar response to at least 2 different individuals. She stated :
Thank you for contacting me. We also are disappointed and disgusted with Gymnastike’s decision and lack of good judgment regarding this, and we are going to re-evaluate our previous decision to grant them access to our events. We share the concerns that you outlined below. Regards, Leslie
(You can read her correspondence with another fan here)
If you feel like you should do something, here are some things that you can do to show Gymnastike that you are not okay with this. Drops in their numbers will speak to them.
1. Choose not to read or frequent Gymnastike and instead use the many other sites out there for gymnastics news and features.
2. Unfollow Gymnastike on Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr.
3. Unsubscribe from Gymnastike Gold.
4. Tweet @gymnastike, @flocasts and use the hashtag #BoycottGymnastike to share your feelings on this.
5. Support McKayla by tweeting her or using the #supportmack
the fact that there have no leaked nudes in my dashboard proves that i’m following the right people
If you’re the kind of person that thinks McKayla (and the other victims) deserve this or brought this upon themselves, please unfollow me now
It honestly breaks my heart to think that somewhere in the world right now, Jennifer Lawrence (in addition to multiple other women) may very well be crying her eyes out because her privacy has been greatly compromised in one of the most awful ways possible. This is so fucking disgusting and whoever did this is a fucking low-life pig.