Trolls came for stand up comic Whitney Cummings, but she proved her point by deliberately exposing her nipples.
The 36-year-old creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls told her social media followers that “foolish dorks” online threatened to extort her after she inadvertently revealed part of her breasts on her Instagram Story earlier this year.
She deleted the clip immediately after realizing the nip-slip, but not before it was screen-grabbed.
Trolls threatened to publicly release the photos unless she paid them money.
1) In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 12, 2019
So she retaliated by claiming ownership of her body and deliberately posted the deleted picture herself.
“If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me,” she said.
2)They all must think I’m way more famous than I am, but they also must think I’m way more easily intimidated than I am. If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks. pic.twitter.com/cet4YEXVyG— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 12, 2019
The comedian kept the online degenerates’ names anonymous because they might be “dumb kids.”
I'm not posting the names of the people trying to extort me because some of them might be dumb kids. I wouldn't want the stupid ideas I had when I was a teenager to follow me around forever or else every time someone Googled me, they'd see me shoplifting a NO FEAR t-shirt. .— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 12, 2019
Cummings shared a screen-grab of a user who asked how much it would cost “to not share this photo,” on Facebook.
The screenshot photo shows the body part that men don’t get scrutinized for showing.
We’ve censored the photo, but you can see the uncensored version here if you so choose.
She commented on the repercussions women face as victims of extortion.
“When a woman in the public eye is extorted, we have to spend time, money and energy dealing with it, hiring lawyers and security experts, and living with a pit in our stomach about when and how we will be humiliated.”
You are reacting incredibly calmly for this situation. It sucks someone is trying to do this to you.— American phoenix (@TheAmericanphoe) August 12, 2019
So she gave them the nipple. But this time, it was on her terms.
“Y’all can have my nipple, but not my time or money anymore.”
When a woman in the public eye is extorted, we have to spend time, money and energy dealing with it, hiring lawyers and security experts, and living with a pit in our stomach about when and how we will be humiliated. Y’all can have my nipple, but not my time or money anymore.— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 12, 2019
Fans showed their support by offering some suggestions.
add glitter to the photo and send it back to them.— Laura Dodson (@ButterflyForge) August 12, 2019
Googly eyes. Nothing says sexy like googly eyes.— missy elliott smith (@Pixieelves) August 13, 2019
Others who’ve had their inopportune moments exploited by jerks shared their stories.
In my 20s, I was @ an employee party for a restaurant I worked in. While on the dance floor, my dress had slid up and the side of my butt cheek was showing. A male employee took a pic (without consent) printed out over 30 copies & gave it to other male employees. People are neat.— Anne Wheaton (@AnneWheaton) August 12, 2019
when I was 14 in ‘95 I was wearing shorts and my “friend” took a picture of me sitting and you could see a bit of undercheek on the pic, I didn’t know until she developed the film and showed everyone, then she started calling me a slut. Really isolated me. She’s a teacher now 🤷♀️— psekiss (@pseudokissed) August 13, 2019
Jeez, people are horrible. I’m sorry this happened— Derek Bidus (@Derek_Bidus) August 12, 2019
What’s the big fuss?
For a nipple? Is it a third nipple? Is it florescent? I see nipples a Wal-Mart every time I go!— Carol Moore (@Cayle1220) August 12, 2019
I can confirm this. I work at Walmart lol.— maddoX anDrews (@UrBoiMaddox) August 12, 2019
Then, there was this perspective.
the real question is, are u holding an onion in the bathtub? 🧐— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) August 12, 2019
I thought it was a weird looking breast implant soooo— Killer Gouine (@_pikaro) August 12, 2019
A powerful health reminder arose from the nipple incident.
An idea from this, as a breast cancer survivor myself, repost the pic again with an apology and shame these people. Offer to make a donation to a breast cancer charity, and remind everyone to check their breasts regularly.— MosesG68 (@mosesg68) August 13, 2019
Now that is even better! Let’s turn this into a life saving message!!! #showthetwins (mine are fraternal now) 😂— Boz (@oddboz) August 13, 2019
Nonconsensual pornography, or “revenge porn,” is against the law in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, according to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative’s website.
The online harassment is an intentional distribution of sexually explicit images on social media posted by ex-lovers, or in this case, trolls or hackers who use the images to harass celebrities without their consent.
You can let them know that extortion is a criminal offense punishable by incarceration, and if the act is a committed on the internet it becomes a federal crime, and the punishment is more severe and mandated by statutory sentencing guidelines.— WinnersOfAmerica (@DavidGo64839396) August 12, 2019
Other celebrities subjected to this kind of shaming in the past include Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, and the Kardashians.
Cummings is not one to go down without a fight.
What remains a fact is that you’re a badass. 🔥💪🏻— Nic (@brandenberger) August 12, 2019