My friend J. is convinced that the stink over Miley Cyrus' Vanity Fair shoot is a publicity stunt cooked up by the magazine and Disney. It's the only argument that makes sense. Because after seeing Annie Leibovitz's photo, I honestly can't see what all the fuss is about.
She's clearly wearing pants, and the video on the magazine's Web site suggests that everyone — her family included — was having a good time. I guess you could say the combination of the coy expression and exposed back is provocative, but I still think it's a stretch. I've seen more flesh at the mall. This merits a tortured apology and endless hand-wringing about Today's Youth?
Granted, it doesn't help that this comes on the heels of the "discovery" of some racy, personal photos of M.C. Now THOSE pics are kinda creepy, but I remember being a 15-year-old girl. All 15-year-old girls are curious about their sexuality and express it in some way. The main difference is that, back in the day, we didn't have the technology to accidentally turn it into a worldwide experience. My sense is that this is happening earlier and more inappropriately than it ought to, but I'll leave that to the experts to debate. The bottom line is that the girl is a megastar, and even at this tender age, she ought to have known better than to be the subject of skanky digital images.
The only thing this "scandal" is good for is giving me another excuse not to buy any more Hannah Montana merchandise.