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Whoopi Goldberg seemingly blames actress Bella Thorne for nude photo leak

Actress and model Bella Thorne is making headlines after choosing to release semi-nude photos of herself before some else does it for her. She revealed that she made the decision after a hack that left her personal photos in the hands of someone who threatened to release them, writing on Twitter, “I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back.”

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg expressed little sympathy for the star on Monday’s episode, effectively blaming Thorne for putting herself in a position to be hacked in the first place. “If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are. You don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” she said.

Fellow panelist Sunny Hostin disagreed with Goldberg’s position. “It just saddens me that these kids have to go through this,” she said. “For someone to extort her or threaten her with posting these pictures, it’s terrible.”

But Goldberg doubled down. “Once you take that picture it goes into the cloud and it’s available to any hacker who wants it, and if you don’t know that in 2019 that this is an issue, I’m sorry. You don’t get to do that,” she said.