Monday, April 28, 2008

Hannah Bares Her Montanas!

If you don't have a pre-teenage daughter, you might find it a bit difficult to connect to this story, but please read on:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miley Cyrus said she's embarrassed by an apparently racy photo spread appearing in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair..

"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about," Cyrus said Sunday in a statement through her publicist

The photos, by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, were taken to accompany an interview with the 15-year-old pop star and her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus. They include shots of the teen reportedly topless and wrapped in a blanket.

The Disney Channel, which airs Cyrus' TV show "Hannah Montana," was also critical of Vanity Fair.

"Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines," a network statement said.

It's quite apparent that the Pop Tart and her family are racing to conduct damage control here. They probably got in over their heads with Annie Leibovitz, who is perhaps the most gifted portrait photographer in Earth and who herself also has ties to Disney.

I have seen the photo in question, and, by description, all of the hubbub seems to be more smoke than fire. The 15-year-old appears to be naked, but she is seen with a blanket wrapped around her, and really, none of her naughty bits can be seen. So, of course, I'm sure you're wondering by now where the photo is... Well, you won't find it here. You can easily find it by getting your Google on.

I am by no means a prude, but the fact is that Miley Cyrus is 15 years old. Why is the world in such a hurry to sexualize her? The photo of Miley would, to me, be just fine a couple of years from now. But there's no need to turn her into a sex object before she's old enough to drive!

Think I'm overreacting? Not so long ago, Lindsey Lohan was a 15-year-old budding Disney star, prettier and probably more gifted artistically than Miley Cyrus will ever be. But no one tried to put the brakes on Lindsey... she grew up way too fast. Now, at 21, she has been through rehab three times, spent time in jail, damaged her career and aged herself terribly... And don't even get me started with Britany Spears!

Miley - do yourself a favor and spend more time worrying about prom than promoting yourself!

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