Miley Cyrus, 15-year-old Pop sensation and Disney Channel TV star, was photographed in some controversial photos for the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Could this jeopardize her tour, earnings, Disney contract, or public appearance?
Although the photos seems pretty innocuous, much has been made about this story because of Cyrus’ squeaky clean image. Her tour has been sold out for months at many of the country’s major arenas and her Disney TV show, Hannah Montana is driving the channel’s ratings. Many parents saw Miley as a breath of fresh air in stark contrast to the sex tape selling, nude posing, bad girls of Paris Hilton, Jamie-Lynn And Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan. All of that may be coming to an end.
Lin Burress, a writer from a popular good values parenting blog, called for a public burning of all of Miley’s stuff in response to another good girl biting the dust:
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a suggestion for parents of what should be done with all the Hanna Montana crap that parents have bought for their kids. Bonfire anyone?
Retail sales for the Hannah franchise are expected to total about $1 billion in 2008. A motion picture is in the works for 2009 and Miley recently signed a seven-figure book deal with the Disney Book Group. Also, don’t forget that more than 3 million viewers regularly watch Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hannah Montana,Ã¢â‚¬Â most of them age 6 to 14.
A Disney spokeswoman, Patti McTeague, attacked Vanity Fair for the photo in a comment in the New York Times article. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
The accompanying article in the upcoming June issue of Vanity Fair quotes Miley as saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Annie took, like, a beautiful shot, and I thought it was really cool. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what she wanted me to do, and you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say no to Annie.Ã¢â‚¬Â She also said of the photo, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really artsy. It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in a skanky way.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Good thing it wasn’t in a skanky way indeed. To be fair, this really isn’t a bad photo at all. Although she does look kind of creepy and Goth in this thing. But apparently both her parents (including her father Billy Ray’s achy breaky heart and mullet) were presiding over the shoot. There’s even a few shots of her and dad on a motorcycle (both have their shirts on though, phew!). Is anyone thinking about Bobby Kennedy’s feelings being involved in this?! I mean come on, he’s on the cover and I’m sure his legacy with the 6-14-year-old audience is being hurt by association as well.
Could this controversy cost Miley all those big potential tween moneys? Let us know in the comments if this is as blown out of proportion as we think it is.
New York Times: Revealing Photo Threatens a Major Disney Franchise, April 28, 2008