Reddit freaks out over McKayla Maroney photos, for all the wrong reasons

Users fret about the consequences -- for themselves

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published September 3, 2014 2:18PM (EDT)

McKayla Maroney        (AP/Julie Jacobson)
McKayla Maroney (AP/Julie Jacobson)

Congratulations, fappers. In addition to being many tons worth of gross for brazenly relishing the leaked nude photos of several female celebrities, you may also have been participating in underage porn. Gosh, sure hope your computers are exponentially more secure than those of the young ladies you've been wanking to, just in case it turns out they weren't 18 and the justice system feels like a peek at what you've been up to. Anyway, good luck!

As BuzzFeed first noted Tuesday evening, among the photographs in the notorious collection were some purporting to be of Olympic gymnast and epic shade thrower McKayla Maroney. Reddit has now issued a stern warning to its fappenistas that "Effective immediately: any images/galleries/torrents/mega dumps/etc containing McKayla Maroney or Liz Lee will be immediately removed due to the fact that they were underage in the photos taken…. It is considered CP (Child Pornography), and breaks reddit's site-wide rules (in addition to international law, age of consent is completely different than child pornography), and will get this subreddit banned if we were to allow them to be posted." MTV actress Lee was not part of the initial leak, but is the subject of rumored nudes taken by her ex-boyfriend when she was 16. Reddit admins say, "He is a current sex offender because he posted them to 4chan."

Maroney has denied that the photographs in question are of her, saying earlier this week on Twitter that "the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give 'the creator' the time of day." But TMZ reports that Maroney's attorneys have sent a warning to a porn destination "informing the site that McKayla was underage in several of the photos. The letter demands the images of McKayla -- who turned 18 last December -- be taken down immediately." A representative for the site told TMZ they'd been removed immediately.

Whether the photographs are of Maroney or not is almost beside the point. What's illuminating is the fantastic prior level of utter disregard the fap enthusiasts – plenty of whom, let's remember, are lonely, middle-aged dirtbags – have for the teenage girls they're beating it to. They have to be warned not that they're being scummy little creeps getting off to stolen images, but that if they're not careful they could get their sad, used-tissue-littered playground banned. So here's to you, fapsters, you supremely under self-actualized bunch. Because you've really got to hand it to the commenter whose level of concern is explicit enough to query, "How about the picture of her taking a picture in the mirror, which shows no visible nudity and she has a layer of clothing on? Would that count as CP?" And to the amateur critic who reassures, "There was only one topless picture from what I recall and it was certainly not impressive." And to the guy who asks, "What about her pic showing the butt, but clothed? its not cp actually (damn that butt tho)." And most of all, to the curious user who wonders, "Non-celebrity girls have been prosecuted for taking and sending nude photos. How can they punish guys for receiving it and not punish her?" Oh, don't you worry your head over that one, buddy. I'm sure just the mere thought of someone like you having an orgasm to her photograph is punishment enough.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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