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See that picture on the right?

If you didn't know who that was, what would you think of it? Would you think of it as "dirty" or "pornographic"? Or would you think of it as artistic, in a dis-shelved way?

If there was no "name" to that picture, would it register with you for more than a few seconds?

I'm guessing, unless you find the woman in the picture "hot" and would like her to remove the sheet, that the answer is no. However, a lot of people reading this can't separate themselves from the reality. They know the picture, they've seen the picture before I posted it, they know who's in it, and they have already made their opinion. Some think it's filthy and the photographer should be shot. Some think it's not a big deal. Some want more pictures like that.

The opinions on all sides are strong because the "woman" in the picture is Miley Cyrus, more commonly known as Disney's Hannah Montana. And if you're in the group that finds the picture "hot", she's fifteen. You sick fucks.

I bet anyone I could find some random young model's portfolio, of that age or close (we'll say 14-17), and find photos similar to that, with similar lighting, similar subject matter, etc. But because it's Miley Cyrus, the clean-cut little girl on the Disney show, the attention is ratcheted up that much more. Some people are even "ashamed" of this little girl for the photo. Ashamed of what? Because someone who's worth millions upon millions of dollars before she's even old enough to drive took some bad advice in her PR marketed "coming of age"? On the other side, you have a group that I've touched on, those that find her sexy, or hot, or whatever. Unfortunately, this group is larger than it has any right to be, as all these closet paedophiles who oftentimes are older than myself wank off to a girl who should, by all accounts, still be gossiping about boys on Myspace. Then naturally, somewhere off centre, you have the "lulz" crowd. You know the "lulz" crowd. These are people like one blogger I saw, who, after Miley's personal photos were leaked (a bra shot. How racy. Big fuckin' whoop), invited her to pose for Playboy, and hundreds upon hundreds more that track her every move and misstep, laugh like buffoons along the way, and generally act like twats, hoping that she'll end up like other child stars who couldn't handle adulthood, just so they have something else to fling their shit at.

The only thought that can enter my mind when I see all of this happening is just how degrading it must be to grow up in public.

America is brutal to it's young stars. They get exposed before they hit puberty, plastered everywhere they go, have cadres of people telling them exactly what to do so that they can exploit every drop out of their profitability and fame, and are oftentimes used by the people they trust, and dumped when no longer convenient. They're constantly harassed by paparazzi, every second they're outside, and can't go anywhere without being inundated by autograph hounds and other hangers-on. The girls have it even worse, as they have their youth and attractiveness marketed in a way that would make someone in their 20s blush, sometimes having peoples' most secret, dirty fantasies marketed to them (like Britney Spears, having her jailbait image pimped by everyone). People on the internet start "legality counters", which count down - to the second - how long it is until the person in question is of legal age of consent. Imagine that! I don't even know my own exact time of birth; I can't imagine someone plotting it to the second, just so they can delude themselves into thinking that I'm legal to fuck. Furthermore, take all of this, and plant it into the mind of a fifteen year old girl, or even younger. Imagine grown men masturbating to your photos, the inability to go to the mall without bodyguards and escorts, the inability to have a first kiss without some twat posting it on the internet (something else I found while searching for the image I used above... and trust me, there's not much that makes me feel more dirty than putting "Mylie Cyrus Image Scandal" into a Google Image search), people constantly taking pictures and violating your privacy, and everything else that comes with fame. Now imagine someone telling you that you should be glad to take it because you're rich.

When I look at this, it's no wonder why so many people who had the world at their fingertips as children ended up going snooker-loopy. Cory Feldman battled substance abuse problems throughout adulthood. MacCauley Culkin had a mug shot that made him look like he just woke up in his trailer home. Lindsay Lohan had to do time in alcohol rehab and has been arrested various times with cocaine in her possession, and is about two clicks short of doing Skinemax films. And don't even get me started on the Spears girls, and hell, for all we know, one of the Olson twins might have been involved in the death of Heath Ledger! These people were pushed like race horses as children, exploited by their representatives and oftentimes their own parents - could you imagine someone else's mother selling news of their 16 year old daughter's pregnancy to tabloids for $1m other than Ms. Spears? - and ended up going so nuts that they had to break out, and since they were never raised with necessarily life skills, having had everything managed for them, they can't handle it. What no one seems to realize is just how much the general public and the media drive these kids into these behaviours, just so that they can have their ready-made "what happened to _____________" articles before deadline; at this point, there have been enough kids bombing as adults that they might as well put the articles into a ready to fill out template. I'd be willing to bet someone's salivating at the thought of writing one on Miley, or Hillary Duff, or the girl that played Hermoine in Harry Potter (Emma Watson; that required a Google search).

It was hard enough for me being fifteen; I was starting high school, constantly getting into fights, struggling academically, and going through all of the trials and tribulations with the opposite sex that boys that age go through. Fifteen was hard enough for me, an inconspicuous boy with nothing to his name save some athletic ability and love for video games. The mere thought of having to go through all of that while having my awkward, post-pubescent slip ups blared on Entertainment Tonight and dissected on message boards all over the world is enough to make me shiver in disgust. And though, as a man/boy, our first thoughts towards everyone in the world wanting to fuck us sounds awesome, I'm quite sure reality would settle in, and it would get old REALLY fucking quick.

I'm almost thankful that Miley is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus; if anyone knows the effect of punishing fame on someone, it's him. He might be a shitty country singer, and way too up-front Christian for my liking, but at least hopefully, he can keep that little girl in line so that she doesn't go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs once she hits 18.

Me? I'll be over here, sad for a few lost childhoods, and bemoaning the next big star coming up. There's not enough money in the world that can soften the pain of growing up in America's public eye.


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Aug. 11th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
At least being 17 if I had found it hot it wouldn't be a huge problem.
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
...But to make this comment thread have some merit, I must agree with you on all points. Some of these child stars... they end up homeless, drugged, just plain nuts... it's really kind of depressing to think of people younger than me being exposed to the public in that kind of way, when I know that even I wouldn't be able to take it.
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
To expound on your original point, my articles are written around adults. I have no problems with anyone your age if they were to find something like that hot; when I was young, I had a crush on Jodie Sweetin (Full House middle sister), which wasn't creepy because I was about that age.

We throw so much crap on children that it's sickening, and the internet makes it worse, because it adds a layer of anonymity to the whole thing; people can be twats because they know there's virtually no retaliation.
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
she can has cheeseburger? and maybe some clothes?
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
... That's the most poignant response I've heard. That's brilliant. :')
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
I, umm, didn't know who she was looking at the picture. And my first thought was that someone needs to cook that girl a proper dinner, I can see RIBS on her BACK. It doesn't look sexy, or pornographic. Actually, I think she looks scared.
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
It should be noted that she has "apologized" for the pictures, not thinking that's how that one would turn out.

I'd like to know who advised her on that one, personally. She DOES look scared. If it's meant to imply a grown woman after a night of lovemaking - that's the only rationalization I can think of - then that one implies one having severe, serious regrets about the experience.

I seriously feel sorry for her, despite me having absolutely no "right" to.
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
The more I look at it the more it looks like a terrified child bride dreading consummation of her marriage. Which I could probably turn into some sort of metaphor for the exploitation of child stars.
Aug. 11th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know who she was when I looked at the picture, either (or that she's only fifteen, yikes!). I thought it was beautifully composed, with excellent use of colour. I still think it's a beautifully done picture, but the amount of ugliness attached to it is impossible to forget--and should be, for that matter. Poor kid.
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
From an artistic standpoint, I think it can be a striking image. But knowing the age of the girl, it's striking the things that stand out; the look on her face ("WHY AM I NAKED IN FRONT OF THESE STRANGE PEOPLE HELP"), the implication of the shot (the only thing I can think is that it's supposed to look post-coital), and the fact that her body is completely and utterly... underdeveloped.

LOOKING at the picture makes me dirty, knowing that. Imagine searching for it!
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, absolutely. Once you know the story behind the image, it's very hard to admire it. Keeping in mind it's a photograph of a real person (who's experiencing serious fallout because of it) as opposed to a painting of a fictional person makes it very difficult to think anything good of the people responsible for bringing it into being--not to mention the people slamming her for it or, worse, drooling over it. Especially since, like you said, you really have to wonder how much is acting for the sake of the picture (the look on her face, her super-vulnerable pose, etc.) and how much is real.
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
I just thought of something that I forgot to mention in my piece:

The guy that played Harry Potter decided, up on his own, that he was going to ride on stage, at 17, on a horse, completely naked in a play.

Now, on the one hand, who gives a shit, he's an old enough bloke to make his own decisions, and in England, they're not as afraid of nudity as us Puritan folk.

But a little bug in my head tells me that he got so nutter-butter from all the attention over the years that he just snapped and went "OK! HAPPY NOW!? FLAPPING COCK IN THE BREEZE! TAKE ALL THE PICS YOU WANT, PEEPS!"
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember hearing about that--the play was Equus, wasn't it? Really, I wouldn't be surprised if you were right that was at least part of his reasoning....
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Okay I have to say that made me LOL. Thanks for the laugh Chris.
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I heard Miley had had a couple of questionable pics, but I didn't recognize her... I'm not attuned to her face. :P Okay, maybe if she wasn't fifteen it'd be a bit artistic.. but either way, she still mostly looks homeless, scared and hungry.

I never want(ed) to be famous like them, I don't envy them and America is WHY. Your life isn't your own after a point...
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Aug. 11th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I can't check the group at work - Facebook will get me flagged, I'm sure - but I can guess the implication; Miley hater group?

The sad thing about that is that if it was a bunch of kids, OK, I can see that; I expect teenagers her age to be idiots. But most of this is grown men! Men my age, calling this teenage girl a slut, a whore, etc. The comment made by Ky below yours makes me sick, in that people believe getting panty shots of someone under their skirts is OK, and that it's OK to comment on their choice of underwear, instead of stopping and thinking "UPSKIRT SHOTS OF TEENAGER WHAT IS WRONG HERE".

Maybe I'm just getting old. Or maybe my country and it's people make me sick sometimes.
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Off Topic, but OMG ANASTASIA. Big fangirl of that movie.
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I had no idea who that was as first. She looks too starved, scared, and over-photoshopped to be "hot." I agree with everything you said here -- all I can think of right now is Emma Watson's "pantie scandal" in which people had the nerve to say that no, no, it wasn't that the photographers should have stayed the fuck away from her crotch with their zoom lenses -- no, she should have worn different panties. Oh, and trimmed her bush, the whore.

And you know, another terrible thing is that some fuck on the internet is mocking her right now for having a "double chin."
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Are you serious? Panty Scandal? Someone zoomed in on a teenager's crotch, and they're NOT arrested? Does a 17, 18 year old girl even KNOW how to trim down there?

I'm kinda glad Miley has a double chin now. Because in that picture above, she looks so rail thin that I want to kidnap her and take her to an Arby's, and not let her leave until she's sampled the entire menu. I think the pose and the lighting contributed to it, but that doesn't look healthy.

Then again, we ARE dissecting a picture of a fifteen year old girl. So I wonder if we're the ones that are fucked up...
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
It was the night of her birthday party, so apparently that made it a-ok. Of course, the day before "Oh, the poor child, being exploited like that!" -- the day after, "Oh, the dumb whore should have had her legs staggered better!"

Yeah, it is the lighting and the pose (it's impossible to turn your head that way without having something there -- it's called skin), but some idiot out there is too stupid to realize that and is instead probably saying she needs to put down the fork, the fatty. And people wonder why I keep on insisting, no, no, even if I had the chance, I wouldn't want to be a celebrity. "Oh, but you've got the perfect face for it!" "Yeah, but I wouldn't own it anymore."

Edited at 2008-08-11 05:15 pm (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I can't shake the feeling that the photographs, and her pre-emptive apology for them before their release date, were fabricated to create media attention for herself.
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
I can't help but feel you're right, but what Chris said in his entry had a lot of merit to it.
Aug. 12th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well, I wasn't denying that. :< But seriously, if she really objected to it, why would she have modeled for the photographs in the first place? She was in the pictures, after all, it's not like the photographer tied her down tits-up and snapped dozens of pictures without her consent.
Aug. 12th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Don't give them any ideas Anne! XD
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