So many questions:
1) Why was it okay to post an upskirt shot of a 25-year-old Britney Spears, but it's not okay to post an upskirt shot of a 17-year-old? What's the difference? Why should anybody's cooter be blog fodder?
2) Why do female celebrities continue to ride in limos wearing short skirts without underwear when they know they're going to be photographed while stepping out of their car? I wear underwear under Spanx for Christ's sake.
3) Why aren't there paparazzi laws that prohibit cameramen from shooting people while stepping out of their cars? Or at the grocery store. (I know why, because those photos sell, and the last living segment of the magazine industry is celebrity rags, but that doesn't make it right.)
4) Why is this image, according to Psychologist David Swanson (whoever he is) "normalizing the idea of sexualizing young adolescent girls." You know what else is normalizing the sexualization young adolescent girls? Every young adolescent girl who appears scantily clad in photos and videos. Their parents for allowing it, and in some cases encouraging it. Baby Gaga's mom (no matter what she says). Everyone in America. Shit.
I haven't seen the picture, but I've seen enough vag in my day that I can imagine it. (Yes, I can imagine the Cyrus Vagyrus and I'm sure it's covered in glittery stars.) All I'm saying is, if Miley Cyrus is making videos like Can't Be Tamed, she's trying to sexualize herself, and looking like an imitation in the process, I might add.
Ironically, toward the end of Can't Be Tamed, Cyrus croons, "Don't change me." Odd, considering that with that song she changed her image completely. And all the publicity from the Hilton photo gaffe has only helped cement the idea that Miley is Hannah Montana no more.
Photo: AP/Armando Franca
Perez told Joy Behar last night, "I don't regret what I did and I would do the same thing again... Because it's not showing anything inappropriate. It's not actually doing anything worse than Miley herself has been doing." Exactly.
So is the argument that it's okay for Miley to be sexually charged in the context of a video, but not sexually exploited by the press? I hate to break it to you, Miley, but unlike Hannah Montana, you don't get to have the best of both worlds. In this world, you've got to choose.