Now, I'm sure Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana is a lovely girl but I have to say there are a couple things about this whole episode that have me scratching my head.
- First of all, the photoshoot was for Vanity Fair magazine. I repeat VANITY. FAIR. We are not talking about Good Housekeeping people. Why would her parents allow her to be on the cover of that poor-excuse-for-journalism magazine in the first place?
- The photographer was Annie Liebowitz. I repeat ANNIE. LIEBOWITZ. Not Anne Geddes. Surely they didn't expect their little Miley to be curled up in a ball and perched in a sunflower?? Most of Liebowitz's photographs are downright pornographic. I don't think even sweet Miley could make that leopard change her spots.
- They expect us to believe that no one, no one with semi-good judgment, saw those photos BEFORE they went to print? Surely someone, somewhere had to approve the photo layout.
- Why on earth would any parents leave their under-age child in the middle of photo shoot? I don't care if Grandma and the world's best agent were still there. It's crazy!
- All the information helping parents to "explain" this to their children cracks me up. First of all, to the best of my knowledge, my 12-year old (who is our resident Hannah Montana fan) has NO idea this has even happened, and I don't intend on making a "teachable moment" out of it. The less she knows, the better, if you ask me. And she certainly isn't going to be reading Vanity Fair. I don't understand why we need the "Children's Mental Health Correspondents" on all the morning talk shows to tell us how to say to our kids "What she did was wrong. We all make mistakes. Hopefully Miley will make a wiser choice the next time. Unfortunately, her bad choice this time comes with big consequences." I don't care one bit about preserving Miley's "pure as the wind-driven snow" reputation for my daughter. This was stupid with a capital "S". Seems pretty simple to me.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When character is lost, everything is lost.