When it comes to embarrassing nude photographs being leaked to the Internet, Pete Wentz is somewhat of an unwitting expert.
As you're probably aware, back in 2006, someone hacked into his Sidekick and posted photos of his, uh, manhood onto a message board, making his privates a very public matter. For about 48 hours, Wentz freaked out. He felt angry, embarrassed and — most of all — violated. He hemmed and hawed, nearly quit his band, but then, he decided he had to move on.
He decided the best thing to do was just laugh the entire situation off. Which is why Fall Out Boy parodied the infamous photos in their "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" video. And, over time, people stopped asking him about the whole incident.
But now, a whole new generation of celebs is dealing with same thing. "Bandslam" star Vanessa Hudgens has had to deal with two sets of leaked photos, and on Monday, "Twilight" star Ashley Greene had to deal with a nude-picture scandal of her own. So when Wentz stopped by MTV News on Tuesday (August 11), we asked him if he had any advice for the actresses on how to deal with the whole situation. Turns out, he had a whole lot.
"Well, I handled it pretty terribly for the first 48 hours," Wentz said. "I mean, I quit my band and everything. But then what I realized is that it's not the worst thing on the planet that's ever gonna happen. [I] apologized to my mom, realized that the best way to not have pictures on the Internet is to never take the pictures at all, and then made fun of it. I mean, I didn't put those pictures out there myself. It wasn't some ploy, you know, like 'Yeah, this'll be a way I'll get my band big!' We made fun of it in the 'Arms Race' video. And just get over it."
Wentz said that, sure, the press is going to be bad for a while, but we're living in the 24-hour news cycle, which means, soon enough, there's gonna be another scandal for the media outlets to glom on to. So if you can take the heat — and learn to laugh at yourself a bit — you'll wind up just fine.
"I got asked about it in interviews for a while after that, and then I guess it didn't matter," he continued. "The bigger deal you make of it, and the more you try to prove that it wasn't you or it was like this or that, the only people who are really going to know the story are, like, you and two other people. So, it's like, don't sit out there and make it a big deal. Let it go away."