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Whitney Cummings, US comedian, tweets nipple photo to stop extortion

Whitney Cummings on a talk show, holding a microphoneImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Whitney Cummings tweeted the images with the message: “Here it all is, you foolish dorks”

A US comedian has tweeted a photo of her own nipple after followers used it to try and extort money from her.

Whitney Cummings said she accidentally posted the image on Instagram in April, but deleted it soon afterwards.

Someone took a screenshot and sent it to her, with the message: “How much would it cost to not share this photo?”

Re-posting the photo, 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.”

People later posted their own embarrassing photos with the hashtag #IStandWithWhitney – including comedian Burt Kreischer, who tweeted a picture of his injured testicles.

What did Whitney Cummings say?

Cummings had posted an Instagram story of herself eating a lychee fruit in the bath, without realising that part of her breast and nipple were in the frame. After noticing, she deleted it.

Posting on Twitter, Cummings wrote: “In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realised, I deleted. 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.

“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.”

She then posted a screenshot of one of the messages she had received, along with the photo itself.

“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,” she added. “Y’all can have my nipple, but not my time or money anymore.”

A few hours later she tweeted that she was receiving threats from people claiming to have access to photos of her stored on her iCloud.

“I’ll be honest, I stand by most of my nudes,” she wrote. “Frankly I’m way more embarrassed by all the inspirational quotes I’ve screen grabbed.”

How have people responded?

Burt Kreischer posted a close-up photo of his testicles, and wrote: “#IStandWithWhitney Hey @WhitneyCummings I hate what those dorks tried to do to you – here’s an embarrassing picture of my testicles after I fell on a waterslide.”

The image has so far been liked almost 15,000 times and retweeted more than 1,200 times.

Another comedian, Tom Segura, tweeted a graphic photo of his own injured penis and wrote: “Just learned that some real jerks tried to extort my friend @WhitneyCummings with a stolen photo from her phone. Well here’s one of mine. I accidentally put my peepee in a jacuzzi jet but it was a faulty light #IStandWithWhitney”

Others, including comedians Nick Bolton and Shayne Smith, posted their own embarrassing photos to show their support.

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