Bella Thorne is flatly rejecting Whoopi Goldberg’s criticisms after her nude photo scandal.
The 21-year-old actress recently posted several topless photos to her Twitter account, saying she meant to thwart a hacker who had been threatening her with her own photos.
“I feel gross. I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see,” she wrote on Twitter, noting that she was reclaiming her power. “It’s MY DECISION” and “NOW U DON’T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME,” she tweeted.
But on “The View” Monday, Whoopi Goldberg had another take.
“If you’re famous, I don’t care how old you are. You don’t take nude pictures of yourself,” Goldberg said. “When they are hacking you, they are hacking all of your stuff. So whether it’s one picture or a million pictures, 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 is an issue. I’m sorry. Your age does not – you don’t get to do that. You don’t get to do it.”
An upset Thorne struck back on Instagram, accusing Goldberg of victim-blaming.
“Dear Whoopi, I have loved you for so long but honestly I’m so displeased and saddened by your response to my leak. Blaming girls for taking the photo in the first place? Is sick and honestly disgusting,” she wrote in a note posted to her account.
“I’m offended for anyone out there who has ever taken a sexy photo. I am offended for Jennifer Lawrence who feels publicly raped. I am offended for every person who has committed suicide for someone leaking their nudes. Ur view on this matter is honestly awful and I hope u change ur mindset as u are a show talking to young girls.”
In a subsequent video message, the actress added tearfully, “I just want to say that me watching this interview made me feel really bad about myself and I hope you’re happy. I really do.”
Thorne said she was canceling her upcoming appearance on “The View.”
“I don’t really want to go on ‘The View’ anymore because I don’t really want to be beaten down by a bunch of older women for my body and my sexuality.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Goldberg for comment.