MSNBC host Krystal Ball has had two years to think about the leaked racy party pictures that seemingly ruined her 2010 congressional campaign. At the time, six-year-old images of Ball posing sexually with a friend’s fake reindeer nose at a holiday party were released and caused Ball’s serious political platform to be taken down a notch.
“It was devastating,” Ball remembers of the scandal during a new interview with The Huffington Post. “One of the things that I was sensitive to as a young woman, and, frankly, a young attractive woman, was being stereotyped as being not serious. … It was a big barrier to overcome just to be taken seriously, but I had done that.”
She continues, “The initial news was really, really hard to deal with. … I really just wanted to hide in a corner, but I actually thought about what kind of a message would that send to future women, men from our generation who have stupid party photos, who might want to serve?”
Remember, people: Your Facebook photos really do stay with you forever.