The Real Reason Whitney Cummings Shared Her Nude Photo On Twitter

Whitney Cummings quickly became a topic of conversation when she released a nude photo of herself on Twitter earlier today. The Intenet, of course, was set ablaze by the comic’s decision to do this. Shortly after posting the photo, for over 1 million of her followers to see, the 36-year-old began trending on both Twitter and Google with people trying to find out more about the situation. But what’s the real reason the actress chose to release such an intimate picture of herself?

Whitney Cummings recently shared a nude photo
Whitney Cummings | Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

Unfortunately, it’s becoming a bit of a trend in Hollywood for female entertainers to release nude photos of themselves in order to thwart those who seek to extort them. Two months ago, former Disney darling, Bella Thorne also posted topless photos of herself because creeps were threatening to release her pictures to the public lest she complied with their demands. Sadly, a similar situation seemed to occur in Cummings’ case as well.

An honest mistake on Instagram story

Just a few hours ago, Cummings took to her Twitter to share the nude photo of herself along with a series of tweets. The actress explains that she was doing an Instagram story a few months back and accidentally flashed her nipple. Realizing her mistake, she immediately deleted the video. Unfortunately, creeps were faster than Cummings and took screenshots of the photo. Since there, the comedian has gotten plowed with threats to expose the photo to the world unless she meets their demands.

Cummings thwarts blackmailers on Twitter

Alongside, the topless photo, Cummings also posted a screenshot of one of the text messages from a person who is attempting to blackmail her. “How much would it cost not to share this photo,” the text reads. Never one to back down from people committing wrongdoings, Cummings quickly declared that she was not going to be intimidated by this blackmail. “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,” the 2 Broke Girls actress tweeted adamantly.

Cummings stands up to bullies

Cummings went on to speak about the exorbitant amount of resources that women in the entertainment industry have to utilize when their privacy is violated in horrendous ways. “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,” the 36-year old declared.

Quickly fans began throwing her support behind the actress. Some even encouraged her to release the names of those were attempting to blackmail her with her own nude photos. However, Cummings maintained that she didn’t want to release the names in case some of the blackmailers were minors. “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,” the actress wrote, somehow managing to bring levity to an unfortunate situation.

Cummings stands by her nude photos

Later, Cummings also pointed out that she was still being threatened even after releasing the nude photo. Following her posting the topless pictures, the blackmailers continued to ply her with messages that insinuated that they had access to other nude photos that she hadn’t posted. “Now I’m getting threatened with ‘we have access to your iCloud.’ I’ll be honest, I stand by most of my nudes. Frankly, I’m way more embarrassed by all the inspirational quotes I’ve screen grabbed,” the comedian finished.

Honestly, we’re disgusted that people are constantly trying to exploit women by violating their privacy. It’s unfortunate, that a mistake as simple as a nip slip has turned into an attempt to blackmail the talented actress. Furthermore, before the Whoppi Goldberg’s of the world start victim-blaming again for Cummings deigning to take other nude photos, (as they did with Thorne) we want to make one thing abundantly clear. Famous or not, Cummings has every right to take pictures of her body, naked or clothed, because it belongs to her and nobody else.