Whitney Cummings is an American actress, comedian, producer, and the creator of the CBS hit sitcom, 2 Broke Girls. Yesterday, the multi-talented star spoke out to her social media following, saying that several people have recently tried to take advantage of her over a photo she accidentally put up on Instagram earlier in the year, which revealed one of her nipples.
“In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple,” Cummings said on Twitter. “Once I realized, I deleted [the image]. 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.”
In another tweet, Cummings said, “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.”
Instead of giving in to people’s childish efforts to intimidate the actress, Cummings decided to turn into the skid by re-sharing the photo that brought about the incident in the first place.
“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,” Cummings wrote. “If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks.”
Taking the high road
The comedian shared a screenshot on Facebook of a private chat where an individual was asking how much money they would receive if they didn’t release the picture. Cummings abstained from divulging the identities of the people who were trying to blackmail her as she says that “some of them might be dumb kids.”
The District of Columbia as well as over 30 states have laws in place that oppose the non-consensual exposure of sexual content such as photos and videos. Additionally, a minimum of a dozen states have civil laws that focus particularly on non-consensual image disclosure.