There’s a story percolating among local media members that has yet to be officially reported, perhaps because no one can confirm enough of the story to make it worthy of news coverage. It involves a former University of Louisville cheerleader who posed for nude pictures that somehow ended up on the Internet.
A link to the pictures, at a site called Image Beaver, has been passed around e-mail addresses. Most of the folks I know and have asked about it know about, and have seen, the photos. I’m not posting the link here, but let’s just say the photos are pornographic, and leave it at that. I’ve carefully cropped the photo you see here.
I called Kenny Klein at U of L, and he read me a statement from the cheerleading coach that said the girl in question left the team in October. The statement attempted to put distance between the school and the potential controversy. Despite some effort, I’ve been unable to uncover her name or whereabouts. Rumors abound about the incident. One is that the girl’s computer was hacked and the pictures stolen, or that an ex-boyfriend put them up in a fit of revenge. While the shots may have been posted against her will, the pictures weren’t taken without her knowledge. It’s not even clear whether the pictures were the reason she’s no longer on the team, though I imagine it’s something U of L doesn’t want to be associated with.
Given the recent controversy in the Miss Universe organization, especially since Miss Nevada was stripped of her crown for some photos taken of her several years ago, I’m wondering how organizations are going to handle it when it’s revealed that women have, in their past, posed for certain pictures.
The Miss Nevada photos aren’t all that racy, if you ask me, as they show her cavorting with other girls, kissing them, and showing parts of her body, but never totally nude. On the other hand, Donald Trump gave Kentucky’s Tara Conner a second chance after reports surfaced that her nighttime escapades in New York including kissing other girls.
Another story, from a few months back, involved women from the Kentucky National Guard being sent to Iraq who posed nude for shots before their departure. They were reprimanded by their superiors but allowed to keep their jobs. Officials considered a court-martial for the soldiers involved.
I think that because photography has become so simple to do, and that photos are so easy to post on the Web, we’re going to see a lot of stories about women who posed for nude photos at some point in their lives. Believe me, there are a lot of nude pictures of women out there on the Internet. Will future employers chalk nude pics up to youthful indiscretion? Some of these women are eventually going to find themselves in positions of power and prominence, and when they do, these pictures are going to surface. It could become a massive skeleton in the closet of a politican, for example.
Employers may have to consider asking job-seekers for certain positions if they know of pictures that might surface in the future. It could become an issue even in private jobs. Imagine if a link of nude pictures of a company’s sales director, or accounting manager, started making the e-mail rounds at a private firm.
I’ve got a hunch that there will be plenty of cases tried in the courts relating to this issue. Already, the producer of the infamous “Girls Gone Wild” video series has been sued by the families of two girls in Florida. Most of the charges were dropped earlier this month.
Another rumor has it that there’s a lawsuit being considered by the family of the Louisville cheerleader against the person who posted the pictures. But I can’t confirm it.