09/03/2014 10:07 am ET Updated Sep 03, 2014

Reddit's Pathetic Nude Celebrity Selfie Rage

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It is a discomforting thing to realize that one of the more potent subcultures of the Internet consists of men who froth in rage when denied what they consider their inalienable right to jack off to illegitimately acquired photographs of nude celebrities.

But if you spend any time contemplating the comments in the subreddit “The Fappening,” a clearinghouse designed to share the latest information as to the whereabouts of naked Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton selfies, it’s hard to come to any other conclusion: The Internet has nurtured a thriving community of entitled, predatory assholes who find strength and solidarity in their circle-jerk self-affirmation. There might be a smidgen of Pynchonesque humor to be derived from the “Fappening” label — a portmanteau of “happening” and a slang word for masturbation — but the deeper you dig, the less easy it is to chuckle.

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