- Chris Evans accidentally shared a nude photo to his Instagram story over the weekend.
- He was sharing a recording of him and his family playing a game, but the end of the video showed his camera roll.
- Alongside an explicit photo was also a meme of Evans' face with the text: "Guard that p—y."
- Fans quickly jumped to his defense to flood the hashtags #ChrisEvans and #ChrisEvansLeak with photos of puppies.
- Many also reminded people that the actor has anxiety, and sharing intimate photos without someone else's consent is not a kind thing to do.
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Chris Evans inadvertently went viral over the weekend when he shared a screen recording from his phone of him and his family playing the game "Heads Up." What he didn't realize while posting was that his camera roll was visible at the end of the video, which showed a close-up nude photo.
Alongside the intimate picture was also a meme of Evans' face with the text: "Guard that p—y."
Evans immediately removed the story, but not before people saved it and started sharing screenshots on social media. He has not publicly responded to what happened yet.
Fans ran to the actor's defence and started flooding the hashtags #ChrisEvans and #ChrisEvansLeak with photos of puppies. Many said the photo was not being shared with Evans' consent and deleting it was the right thing to do. Others reminded people that the actor has spoken about having anxiety in the past, such as when he described having panic attacks when on the set of his 2011 movie "Puncture."
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast in May, Evans said the anxiety he felt on that film was enough to make him question his acting career.
"It was also during the proliferation of the internet age, where all of a sudden, you can read peoples' reactions online and all of sudden, your egoic story, your narrative, becomes entangled with what was once just this pure little ball of joy," he said.
"It manifested as anxiety and a little stress and I've gotten a lot better with it, but at the time it was hard to separate. It's hard to know if the path you're taking is the wrong one because the way I'm feeling isn't healthy."
Fans said that knowing his intimate photos are all over the internet could be damaging to Evans' mental health, so more hashtags were created such as #LeaveChrisAlone.
"I think @ChrisEvans deserves respect and privacy," one fan tweeted with four images of Evans with his rescue dog Dodger. "He made a mistake, report the leaked photos and don't share them. Keep it wholesome #chrisevansleak."
"Chris Evans is a stand up guy and doesn't deserve to have one normal, human mistake to be treated as fodder for ridicule, entertainment or gossip," said another fan. "So here's pics of #chrisevans and his rescue doggo #dodger. Respect his privacy!"
Others posted "wholesome photos" to show Evans that "everyone loves him and supports him."
A post shared on the subreddit r/TwoXChromosomes noted how sweet of a reaction this was to Evans' faux-pas, and how it was heartening to see the internet rally behind him.
"I can't imagine how mortified he was when he realized and I hope this is making him feel better," the post, written by a user called u/macabruhh, reads.
They went on to say how it reminded them of the internet's reaction to Jennifer Lawrence when her nude photos were leaked.
"How people blamed HER for taking nudes of HERSELF on HER own phone, and how she should expect to get hacked because she's a celebrity," they said. "I'm hoping that the change in reaction between the two celebrities is because we, as a society, are learning and doing better, and not because of double standards, but I really can't tell, and don't want to see another celebrity nude leak from any gender happen to find out."
Many shared the post and urged people to show the same kindness when another celebrity finds themselves in this vulnerable position.
"The public respect for Chris Evans' privacy/feelings is wonderful," tweeted "You" actress Kat Dennings. "Wouldn't it be nice if it extended to women when this kind of thing happens?"
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