Monday, April 28, 2008

She's Just Being Miley

So the big story that erupted over the weekend concerns that "scandalous" Vanity Fair photo of a "topless" Miley Cyrus (she was never really topless, a blanket was wrapped around an undergarment that kept her top covered at all times) and the ensuing hoopla that has been generated by Camp Miley. First, the offending photograph was leaked to the InterWeb (by way of Entertainment Tonight) and amid the gasps of outrage, Miley's people put out a statement of apology and embarrassment over the controversial photograph (ie. of Miley Cyrus showing her bare back wrapped only in a blanket). Then Vanity Fair decided that it needed to defend itself by releasing the article and interview that is to be published with "the photo" which makes clear that at no time was Miley Cyrus forced or cajoed to do anything at the photoshoot that she or her parents (who were on set at all times) thought was questionable in the least (VF even released behind the scenes photos from the shoot of a smiley Miley in between takes with that "dirty" blanket still wrapped around her). The whole thing is really ridiculous but will surely 1.) give Miley Cyrus a whole lotta publicity and 2.) sell a lot of magazines for Vanity Fair. It's a win-win for both parties, which seems to me to be exactly the point:

Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old star of "Hannah Montana," said she is "embarrassed" by a provocative photo spread shot by famed photographer Annie Liebovitz that is 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," she said in a statement released today. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about" ... In one of the photos, Cyrus is shown from the side, with most of her back bare, clutching what appears to be a satin sheet loosely around herself. The Disney Channel, after learning of the Vanity Fair photo spread and article also issued a statement critical of the magazine. "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines," the statement said. Cyrus also recently apologized for a series of personal photos that circulated on the Internet last week in which she bared her midriff and her bra. "The pictures of me on the Internet were silly, inappropriate shots. I appreciate all the support of my fans, and hope they understand that along the way I am going to make mistakes and I am not perfect," she said in a statement to People.

Vanity Fair issued a statement of their own (on behalf of the magazine and Annie Liebovitz) to The New York Times:

"Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley."

Click HERE to read the entire Vanity Fair article where Miley even talks about how she felt the photos looked "artsy" when she took them ... it is only now that she feels otherwise. While I agree that no 15-year old girl should be photographed to LOOK topless for any magazine, arty or not, I absolutely do not place the blame on the magazine. Mama and Pappy Cyrus were right there on set with their daughter, letting the photoshoot take place, approving the photos as each was shot and giving the final approval for which photos could be published. It seems to me that all the stupid uproar over Miley's "scandalous" My Space photos (which seem to pop up every other week of her kissing her friends and posing in her skivvies) has heightened the Terror Alert level of her conservative and Christian fanbase which is what led to a quick disavowal of these "artsy" photographs. I'm really annoyed by the piousness ... if the Cyrus family wants to put their daughter on the public stage and sell her music, her likeness and her persona then they shouldn't be all that surprised at the lengths that they must go to to rake in those millions. If they'd rather cling to their morality then they should really rethink their promotion tactics and might want to reconsider a career in showbiz for their 15-year old daughter. Personally, I'm not at all interested in anything having to do with Miley Cyrus but this latest stunt just really irks me. Before people start criticizing the magazine for any part in this I contend that the blame should first be placed at the feet of Camp Miley ... but I'm sure the Wal-Mart contingent will find it easier to demonize a big magazine like Vanity Fair rather than the innocent Hannah Montana. [Source, Source]