The Prostate Cancer Foundation has announced it will return all of the money from one of the organization’s top fundraisers that included a group of Reddit users. Upon discovering that the Redditors had donated “in honor” of Jennifer Lawrence’s hacked photos, the Prostate Cancer Foundation understandably wanted to distance itself from the scandal.
Earlier this month, news broke that Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Kate Upton, and other stars had had their privacy deeply violated when private, intimate photographs were leaked on the Internet. It was sites such as Reddit where these images were rapidly spread, and where much of the controversy was rooted. Lawrence’s representatives have called the incident “a flagrant violation of privacy,” and a federal investigation is underway to find the hacker.
The donors on the Reddit thread that was posted Monday suggested that the actress was involuntarily helping to curb prostate cancer, making a joke of the leaked photographs. Essentially, donations were made at the expense of a young woman’s violated privacy and only contributed to the controversy surrounding this assault and objectification of women’s bodies. Although thousands of dollars poured into the Foundation’s website, the charity did not share the excitement of the Redditors.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation released a statement Tuesday indicating that it wanted no part of the donations:
“A post appeared on Reddit late Monday afternoon, September 1, 2014. A Reddit user directed other Reddit users to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation without the Foundation’s knowledge. We would never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner. Out of respect for everyone involved and in keeping with our own standards, we are returning all donations that resulted from this post.”
The Reddit campaign for the Prostate Cancer Foundation had raised more than $6,000 for the organization by early Tuesday afternoon. The rejection was short-lived as users then started raising money for water.org in honor of the star, but again the efforts were rejected.
In a day and age when Internet anonymity means violating the privacy of young women, it’s commendable of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to take a stand against this kind of deplorable behavior.