Stop the presses; hold the news casts. Forget about the war in Iraq, the economic recession, hundreds of thousands losing their homes, and every Pandora that escaped from the box. The whole country is focused on the loss of innocence of famous 15 year old child star Miley Cyrus. Once again the press and media of this country have shown their zeal and commitment to focusing on the most pressing issues facing the society. Miley Cyrus, who plays Hannah Montana and appears at sold-out concerts, had the unfortunate experience of posing for "less than age-appropriate" pictures for Vanity Fair. After the uproar, Miley offer the following statement.
“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,” said the churchgoing Cyrus. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care deeply about.”
It's probably appropriate that Miley apologized given the circumstances of her life, and the fact that she's reputedly worth close to one billion dollars a year to the Disney people. One billion dollars! You could almost run for president of the United States with that much money. Actually, her father should be the one apologizing because he was in the company of his daughter at all times. He should be pulling his foot and his ego out of his mouth, but he's probably too busy managing his daughter's money.
Lisa Gutiérrez wrote in the Kansas City Star, "Photo fallout: Miley Cyrus’ good-girl image is tarnished." The word image just about sums it up. Isn't image everything for actors or politicians (is there a difference?) in this country. It wasn't too long ago when Alex Agassi, the former tennis great, had a commercial which stated "image is everything." Sorry for this digression; back to the real or unreal world in my next post. Come to think of it aren't all three presidential candidates having "image problems."