Captain America star Chris Evans caused a stir online yesterday when he appeared to leak an x-rated photo of himself on Instagram.
The actor shared a screen recording of his family playing Heads Up when the video flashed to an image of his camera roll. Although he quickly deleted the clip, users had screenshotted the image of a male's private part.
Evans has since taken to Twitter to address the leak saying, "Now that I have your attention... VOTE Nov 3rd!!!"
Now that I have your attention
VOTE Nov 3rd!!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 15, 2020
The reaction online has been mixed. Evans' brother, Scott and his Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo both teased the slip-up with Ruffalo tweeting: "Bro, while Trump is in office there is NOTHING you could possibly do to embarrass yourself. See... silver lining."
Was off social media for the day yesterday.
What’d I miss?
— Scott Evans (@thescottevans) September 13, 2020
.@ChrisEvans Bro, while Trump is in office there is NOTHING you could possibly do to embarrass yourself. See... silver lining.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 13, 2020
Even the Embassy of Ireland in the US weighed in by posting an image of Evans wearing an Aran jumper and writing, "So, based on our trends, we can only assume that Chris Evans has posted another wholesome Aran sweater pic, no?"
So, based on our trends, we can only assume that Chris Evans has posted another wholesome aran sweater pic, no? pic.twitter.com/5zrqDJ7ofH
— Embassy of Ireland USA (@IrelandEmbUSA) September 12, 2020
In an attempt to quieten the chat about the leak online, fans of the actor flooded social media with wholesome photos of Chris playing with puppies. Others pointed out that he has been vocal about his struggles with anxiety in the past and the public should be mindful of this.
However, some questioned the social media reaction and compared it to similar occurrences that have happened with female stars in the past. Actresses such as Vanessa Hudgens and Jennifer Lawrence were ridiculed and chastised when nude photos were leaked without their consent.
Actress Kat Dennings wrote, "The public respect for Chris Evans’ privacy/feelings is wonderful. Wouldn’t it be nice if it extended to women when this kind of thing happens?"
The public respect for Chris Evans’ privacy/feelings is wonderful. Wouldn’t it be nice if it extended to women when this kind of thing happens?
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) September 13, 2020
Another Twitter user said: "Chris Evans accidentally leaked a nude photo. Social media has rallied around him, sharing pics of him with dogs and kids...Nobody thinks his career is ruined. We need to give women this same love & respect."
Chris Evans accidentally leaked a nude photo. Social media has rallied around him, sharing pics of him with dogs and kids. Nobody called him a slut. Nobody insisted he was an attention whore. Nobody thinks his career is ruined. We need to give women this same love & respect.
— Red Dodge (@Red_Dodge) September 14, 2020
In my lifetime I’ve seen women lose careers over nudes leaking so Chris Evans just being able to laugh this off don’t sit right with me
— Jay Kay Hella GAY ? (@JayKay_BK) September 15, 2020
*Chris Evans accidentally leaking his nude*
Twitter: let’s protect him and spam with cute photos!
*Literally any woman who’s nudes are leaked without her consent*
“She should have thought first before taking naked pics!”
“Well, what did she expect?”
“Lol what a slut”
— Tito (@maroontito) September 13, 2020
I loved the way how people are supporting #ChrisEvans with so much positivity and love to keep his mental health in sound state. I really wish and hope that if a girl's nudes are leaked unintentionally, we people will help her in the same way instead of just slut shaming her!??? pic.twitter.com/Z8h6inenun
— Priya (@priyarameshhh) September 13, 2020
Next time a woman's nudes are leaked, please can we be just as supportive and kind as people are being to #ChrisEvans instead of immediately slut shaming her? That's all
— Bethan Hilliard (@bethanhilliard) September 13, 2020
The backlash for Evans has been very little and he seems to have dealt with it positively but those online are asking for the same respect and care to be given to women when nudes are leaked unintentionally and for an end to sexism in such incidences.
Hopefully, the level of understanding seen here can be applied in the future.
Image: Irish Embassy in Americaa Twitter Page
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