Miley Cyrus upset over 'Vanity Fair' photos
There's another big row over photos of Miley Cyrus -- but this time the near-kiddie-porn images are the handiwork of celebrity shooter Annie Leibovitz, and are appearing in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. Photos showing the 15-year-old wrapped in a satin bedsheet and showing her bare back accompany an interview with the singer and her father, Billy Ray. And in case you think that was kinda sort of a problem with folks, you'd be right.
"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," Miley said Sunday in a statement. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."
That's a far cry from what Miley says in a caption for a photo released last week, in which she says: "I think it's really artsy. It wasn't in a skanky way. Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought that was really cool. That's what she wanted me to do, and you can't say no to Annie."
Her handlers at the Disney Channel are unhappy too, saying in a statement that "a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines." Because Disney never manipulates children for entertainment, of course.
Vanity Fair defended its photo shoot on Entertainment Tonight, pointing out that, "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."
Leibovitz has her say, as well, defending the photographs by lamenting, "I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful."
We've got video of the Feb. 9 photo shoot, and we have to say, it's almost gross. A Chris Gaines lookalike stroking his midriff-baring teenaged daughter is a little too north Georgia, you know? And why is everyone mad at Miley? They should be keeping their powder dry for Leibovitz, who should know better than to go all Pretty Baby during the shoot with a girl who's worth $1 billion.
[Photo: Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, on the cover of the New York Post. How's that for attribution?]