The Only Thing More Unsettling than Miley Cyrus' Topless Photos Is the Vile Internet Reaction to Them

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The Only Thing More Unsettling than Miley Cyrus' Topless Photos Is the Vile Internet Reaction to Them

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | October 4, 2013 | Comments ()


The second batch of Terry Richardson’s photos of Miley Cyrus hit the Interwebs yesterday, and the ugly reaction was typical of the Internet. I’m not going to post the pictures (they’re easy to find); I’ll just say that they were not particularly classy or tasteful, Miley’s tongue was featured prominently; and because of the age differential between the photographer and the subject, they made me a little uncomfortable.

Not nearly as uncomfortable as the vile Internet response, however. I saw the initial Buzzfeed post on Facebook, and beneath it, there were around 1500 comments, ranging from “This is not shocking!” to “She needs help!” to variations on the slut-shaming theme. You’d think given the nature of Facebook, where people’s actual names were attached to the comments, that they’d be a little more reserved in their language and in their judgements. Not so! Apparently, anonymity is not necessary prerequisite to rampant assholery.

I made the mistake reading through those comments, and the things that I read were so much more upsetting, disturbing, and shocking than the actual photos. You’d think at some point, especially considering the insults that have been hurled at me and members of my family over the years, that I’d ceased to be shocked by the depths plumbed by various members of the Internet community, and yet, here we are. The Facebook idiocracy is so much more worrisome than the nude photos of a 20-year-old pop singer.

I’ve included a selection of the comments below, so you all can see what humanity is up against. Because their real names were used on Facebook, I’ve taken the liberty of including them here. It is my hope that Google searches from prospective employers or romantic interests will bring them to Pajiba, where they can see what they’re dealing with before they get involved.

Nelson Betancourt — This bitch didn’t read Sinead’s comments yet.

Simone De Camargo — She is just a sign of what is deeply wrong and gross about our society and culture. Disgusting bitch

Lou Cifer — This bitch needs Jesus

Seth J. Jones — Unless the next headline is Miley dies in a fire I’m not interested.

Mandy Kowalsky — Wake me when she overdoses.

Julia Sutowski — Pepperoni nips!

James Syring — Never go full slut. Everyone knows not to go full slut.

Dana Murray — She is a beast..Disgusting..and her ass is shameful for a young girl! Gross.

Lisa Cole — DIS-GUS-TING. Any parent that lets their kid idolize or listen to that piece of skank needs to have their head examined. Just think these photos will be out there forever. Her future children will be able to be proud of their mom….NOT!

Mary Charlotte Haussmann — “In what is being called a sad and desperate attempt be the most talked about celebrc**t out there, Miley Cyrus has now had her reproductive organs relocated to the outside of her body, and her head transplanted to her rectum.” Lol, I’m just waiting to see this story appear on MSN or CNN. Pathetic tw*t.

Karma Craig — OMFG!!! Can we say PROSTITUTE!!!!! SHe is now acting like a complete whore! My daughter is 100% banned from this mentally incompetent retarded little girl who has lost all sense of self respect and all (what little of it there ever was) her brain too. This Whore should be banned from the internet and tv and well, everything. Do you people really want to dish out your hard earned money for a floozie like this?! Her daddy and mother should be more than embarrassed by her petty, child-like antics by now!!!! I would be embarrassed to say I was from the USA if I was American. Good thing we only have Beiber to be embarrassed about, up here! You POOR Americans! First, Miley, then the gov’t shut down, now Miley Slutass again! I feel so bad for all the Americans right now. Your country is getting bombarded with embarrassment right now!

Beverly Reyes — Sick of this pathetic attention whore. seriously what’s with that tongue? she looks like a camel

Patrick Campbell Burner — What a whore!

Roslyn Eliot — I haven’t checked out the article. I figure if I just ignore her, she’ll go away… I won’t be buying any of her albums/songs, that’s for sure. I don’t willing support sluts/whores/skanks… you get the idea.

James R. Dunn — act like a slut… look like a slut…. must be a slut

Debbie Poulin — looks like she’s trying to get into a playboy or hustler magazine or maybe she just wants to bring her porn-self out…either way she’s a slutty looking little ho…I guess that’s the message she’s putting out

John T Switzer — A desperate butter-face…

Shirel Smith — I own goats. When the girl goats come into heat, the boy goats stick their tongues out of their mouths and they look JUST LIKE Miley Cyrus. There is a difference between a confident sexy woman and a skanky little girl trying to act like a sexy confident woman. She is not confident, in fact she looks very uncomfortable posing like that, which is probably why she is so not sexy.

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  • Marc Greene

    I will be changing my band's name to " celebrc**t" now.

  • Maddy

    I don't have any particular attachment to Miley Cyrus or her music, but I am not OK with all the pearl clutchers acting like her actions are somehow the coming of the apocalypse, and I'm not cool with slut-shaming a 20 year old girl. If you're so worried about your kid getting ideas watching the VMAS, why are you letting your kid watch the VMAs? Sexuality and pop music has (for better or worse) always gone on hand in hand with female pop stars, I don't think Miley Cyrus being explicit about it makes it any 'worse'.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Every time I see that header photo, it reminds me of this:

  • Kip Hackman

    The only truly offensive thing about those photos is the photography. I don't want to see the photographer in the freaking mirror, and dude, you can't be a professional and have red eye in your shots. You just can't. It's easy to avoid, and even if it wasn't, the most basic editing software gets rid of it.

  • grr arrgh

    I just don't understand why people care so.gorram.much. Okay, she posed
    nude. So? I don't understand how this many people have something to
    share other than "Ugh, look, I don't care what she does". Same goes for
    the Kardashians, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer
    Aniston's Uterus and Justin Bieber. I do not care but the media seems to
    think that I do. Can the media just ban all coverage of
    these people for a while? Please? Just let them live like normal people
    who shouldn't have a damn team of cameras following their every move because they are human beings. *headdesk*

  • BlackRabbit


  • JoeDavola

    Hello, my name is Joe. I'm a long-time reader, first (or second) time commenter.

    While I agree with the overall sentiment of this post, I'm a bit surprised at how you chose to react to the Facebook comments. I will agree that yes, we need be more worried about Facebook than Miley's photos (in that we don't need to worry about Miley's photos at all), but 1500 disrespectful Facebook comments are hardly anything humanity needs to worry about when you compare it to the other 2.4 billion internet users that decided not to say anything.

    Sure, these people are using hurtful language, but posting their names on this site can indeed invite the consequences that you hinted at above. How in the world is that justice?

    If we are going to explain away Miley's recent behavior with Sinead by saying she is 20 years old and doesn't know any better, why are the commenters above (who are most likely teenagers, with a few exceptions) being held to such high standards?

    What happens a few years down the road when these kids try to start their careers and they find it extremely difficult to get a job? Employers do not think twice about throwing applications in the trash if they find negative content on the internet.

    You know absolutely nothing about these people. All you know is that they insulted Miley Cyrus using language that you deem offensive. You have now taken it upon yourself to see that these people are punished.

    I have read many comments recently in support of Miley saying that she is going through exactly what we all went through at her age, only she is doing it in front of a camera.

    Why aren't these people also given the benefit of the doubt?

    I apologize for the extremely long comment and I hope it doesn't seem too soapboxey(?), love the site.

  • "This bitch needs Jesus." That, to me, was the teaser for the box-set. Juuuuust fuckin' beautiful.
    I'm kinda resigned to "Miley gonna do what Miley gonna do... too bad, so sad, other matters require attention." So, this being the final quarter I'm feeding the Miley Opinion Jukebox, I'd just like to say that any grown man who makes his living taking pictures of 20-year-old girls shoving fingers in their crotches while they suck their thumbs is in DIRE need of a career-ending boycott.

  • Sars

    These arent nearly as vile as Miley

  • Saratara

    Honestly, this article hits the nail in the head when it comes to the reaction to Miley..

    It's the white girl conundrum.

  • martibowker

    lol!...Pajiba, you so funnnnnyyyyy!

  • LadyLady

    I think this is the first time with respect to these kinds of stories where I am in agreement with the internet. She is horrible, ridiculous, and, pathetic, and not even remotely sexy. I don't wish her to "die in a fire," but she IS acting disgusting, she IS acting desperate, and she IS acting like a slut (and side note, what's so bad about slut-shaming? Acting like a slut is not OK; I see nothing wrong with criticizing someone for it). I'm with the "trolls" this time.

  • Jae

    "Acting like a slut is not OK"

    Why? What is not OK about it?

  • manting

    If there were no "sluts" there would be no sex outside marriage. I personally love promiscuous women and there is nothing wrong with women doing what they want with their bodies. If a guy has sex with a bunch of different girls he is not punished or shamed so why should women be?

  • People need to stop calling people they think are stupid "retarded."

  • ryallen

    Some of those comments you cited, like the last one, are totally valid. What's "vile" about it?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm so tired of seeing "slut shame" as the new go-to word. Not long ago if someone politely disagreed with another online, they'd be accused of bullying. Calling someone a skank for acting skanky isn't exactly what I'd call slut-shaming. Or is that also considered slut-shaming by today's standards? It's hard to keep up with PC terminology.

  • Peezy

    This fuckin' site sometimes. I'm surprised you made it to the second paragraph before breaking out with the term "slut-shaming." Not that I disagree with your point necessarily, but good lord that term gets thrown around way too often now, here especially.

  • Sean

    Weird. All I thought upon seeing the pics was "how dull" and "she needs to eat more".

  • anikitty

    ride all the (wrecking) balls you want...just put your tongue away.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Terry Richardson is one creepy sumbitch.

    But hell, Miley knew what she was doing. She is young, pretty, and overcompensating for her Hannah Montana years.

    I wonder what the internet reaction to Drew Barrymore's Playboy issue would have been?

  • SamuraiShampoo

    I'm sure Miley is Crying into her piles of money over all the mean things the internet is saying about her. You should save this whole social justice act for someone who actually deserves it, but of course you wont, because that wouldn't get you as many clicks.

  • jon29

    I sort of just feel like this site is better than all Miley, all the time.

  • VohaulsRevenge

    I'm of two minds on this matter:
    1.) I defend her actions, not because I like her music (I don't), or because I think she's attractive (which I do), but because they're her own. I find her reaction to O'Connor distasteful, but I can also sympathize with her, as nothing is more certain to make me not do ____ than to tell me it's in my own best interest to do ____. Whether she comes through this with her psyche and body intact is not really any of our business.

    2.) I'd give anything if Americans could get as worked up about making this country--not to say our world--a better place as they do about some celebrity taking their kit off. We've got climate change, government gridlock, interminable war, and an unemployment rate that would've made the Americans of a decade ago blow their brains out instead of looking pretty damn good; Miley Cyrus's antics are about one step lower on the importance rung than "Lou went to Pat's instead of Geno's, and now he wants his money back. More at six."

    I know it's ironic for me to comment so, but so be it.

  • Nathan Convey

    The only aspect of this that even remotely bothers me is the Terry Richardson part. How many times has he been accused of sexual harassment? Or maybe it's only up and coming, virtually unknowns he'll risk being a gross asshole with. The only person who can really judge Miley, is Miley a few years from now.

  • Replace "Never go full slut" with "Never go full HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT ME" and you've got something.

  • Slash

    I'm kinda puzzled by the outrage (on your part). "Attention whore gets negative attention" is not exactly new news.

    If you really want to be disgusted by humanity, try reading the random, appalling comments about people who are not trying to get attention, but are merely part of a news story or controversy through no part of their own. Especially if they're women. Or little girls. Or teenage girls.

    But I'd advise you not to. THOSE comments will make you wish for a giant, planet-killing asteroid to swing our way soon.

    I will say, seeing the promo for SNL featuring Cyrus and whoever that guy is kinda made me like her a little. She's clearly not serious about any of this shit, it's just a job. I'm not outraged by anything she's done. "Young woman realizes being nearly naked is easiest way to get people to notice her" is not really new information, either. If you're female and you want people to LOOK AT YOU, quickest way is to be naked. Or show some bewb, at least. It's not rocket surgery. She only looks moderately media savvy because most people are quite dumb and it's not that hard to look smart by comparison.

  • VohaulsRevenge

    "If you really want to be disgusted by humanity, try reading the random,
    appalling comments about people who are not trying to get attention, but
    are merely part of a news story or controversy through no part of their
    own. Especially if they're women. Or little girls. Or teenage girls."

    No kidding. I know a black vlogger who posts about nothing but hair and makeup who says she actually has a filter set up to automatically filter the n-word, so often does she get attacked with it in comments.

  • $65180697

    "...and because of the age differential between the photographer and the subject, they made me a little uncomfortable."

    What exactly about the photographer doing his job makes you uncomfortable? Your grousing about something like that doesn't seem any less asinine than someone tweeting that Miley's a slut who needs to find Jesus.

  • Jiffylush

    Google Terry Richardson, IIRC there have been reports over the years of inappropriateness.

  • $65180697

    So comment about his possibly having been inappropriate, and not about his age. The one has nothing to do with the other.

  • Helo

    The fact people have more stringent opinions about a teen idol attempting to grow up in the spotlight than they do about issues of much deeper consequence (take your pick) tells you everything you need to know about society's relationship with fame.

  • bastich

    No kidding. You'd think that the US-based FB commenters would have some better targets for their rage at this time.

  • Helo

    My theory is that people are more passionate about that which they (think they) can wrap their head around.

    Ms. Cyrus's photo antics are much easier to explain and digest than, say, the debt ceiling or the differences between Hindus and Muslims.

  • Helo

    (sidenote: can someone please explain why Terry Richardson is so well regarded?)

  • bastich

    Cyrus is nothing more than a poser -- ripping the style of a certain other famous, frequently-nude tongueslinger:

  • Sean

    I wish I could upvote more than once.

  • George

    She just a young person feeling her oats (well she is from country, right) she'll be a different person again in a few weeks, years or maybe even days from from now.

  • stardust

    I wish I had an eloquent comment to make here, but I'm too angry. The people making these comments need to get a fucking grip and focus on their own shit rather than passing personal judgment on a pop-star that is doing her job - getting people to talk about her in order to drum up album and ticket sales. Don't like how she does her job? Don't fucking look. She's not hurting you personally. Go take a fucking walk and play with a puppy. Fucking hell.

  • RhymesWithSilver

    Shame on Pajiba. I am done with you forever.

  • Nosio

    "First Miley, then the government shutdown, now Miley again!!!!!"

    The sheer idiocy of this comment cracked me up. Yes, please, equate our nation's problems with a pop star's publicity stunts.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    I'm sure it's Obama's fault. God, I'm so sick of seeing 'thanks Obama' everywhere, on every damn forum or video where negativity breeds... and the majority of us online aren't even American.

  • VohaulsRevenge

    I don't plug Youtubers very often, but when I do...

    Jenna Marbles, "Thanks Obama"

  • Captain D

    I don't want to defend her marketing ploys. Her name is buzzing though, so apparently it's effective. She can look back in years and decide whether it was profitable enough. However, I am reminded of another former Disney starlet who eventually had this to say:

    No matter what we do
    (No matter what we do)
    No matter what we say
    (No matter what we say)
    We're the song inside a tune
    Full of beautiful mistakes

    And everywhere we go
    (Everywhere we go)
    The sun will always shine
    (Sun will always shine)
    But tomorrow we might wake on the other side

    'Cause we are beautiful no matter what they say
    Yes, words won't bring us down, oh no
    We are beautiful in every single way
    Yes, words can't bring us down, oh no
    So don't you bring me down today

  • Billybob

    Nothing Miley Cyrus has ever done has had any negative (or, come to think of it, positive) impact on my life. Which I guess makes me a special snowflake, because clearly she is somehow harming all these people. Maybe she killed all their parents, or took all their high school crushes to the prom, or parked in their spot. Because otherwise I can't understand why they care this much.

  • Jiffylush

    Sinead gave Miley some friendly advice that is actually good advice, unfortunately she did it in public which she absolutely should not have done.

    So now I see what Miley did on Twitter as a response -

    She compared her to Amanda Bynes and then posted what she thought were tweets from Sinead O'Conner.

    “does any1 know a psychiatrist in Dublin or wicklow who could urgently see my today please?”

    “Im really un-well…and in danger….i desperately need to get back on meds today,”

    1 - Sinead doesn't tweet

    2 - FUCK YOU, I am done, this single tweet says more about you than anything that will ever come out of your mouth. Start apologizing now and never stop. You are posting what you believe are tweets from a horrible place in someone's life because they had the audacity to tell you that the music industry doesn't care about you?

    Now that that is out of the way, so guess what the very first comment under the article was? It had 160 upvotes and 3 downvotes when I saw it.


    • 21 hours ago

    Why would anybody take time to give advice to this little trailer trash whore? she's obviously in a phase where she's getting a lot of attention, not the attention a true artist would want or need but nonetheless she's getting and enjoying it. Just leave her be, she will have plenty to be sorry about later."

  • MarTeaNi

    My feelings on the topless photos and the public's reaction to them is basically identical: a heavy sigh and "Of course." Maybe a heavier sigh on the latter.

  • ZizoAH

    I guess the world really needed a new punching bag. I really feel bad and pity for everybody.

  • Melina

    The age old Madonna (not that one) and the whore connundrum. What's a girl to do? Seriously, it's her body and if she's of sound mind she can do whatever she damn well pleases. Listen, there aren't many differences between me and Miley at her age aside from the fact that I wasn't given national exposure...but I sure as hell was testing my sexuality/provocativeness/my image--but luckily college for me existed before digital cameras/camera phones.
    I feel for her.

  • Said this before and I'll say it again -- if Miley Cyrus was attractive none of this would be happening. Hot women do these Richardson shoots, dance provocatively, and pose for Maxim shoots all the time. It's not news. Kate Upton does this and the internet melts down. Miley Cyrus follows suit and everyone lashes out. The only difference between the two, to me, is looks.

    So yes. the double standard when it comes to Miley bothers me a bit. But these types of photos and actions literally happen on a daily basis and they're barely mentioned. Cyrus causes such an uproar b/c she's embarrassing and awkward.

  • I think it has less to do with looks and more to do with context.

    Miley did the Disney thing and then seemed to IMMEDIATELY graduate into her current phase with no transition. The response has been so visceral because people can't realign their expectations that quickly without being walked through it.

    Sure, other past Disney stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears did the hyper-sexualized thing and it was a strategic choice - just like I'm sure Miley's is. But they kind of went away for a while before coming back in that way.

  • I think there's something to that, yes. Spears and Aguilera were basically unknowns, too, which sort of eliminated any awkward transition phase. Also, Spears and Aguilera were complete knockouts.

    This Cyrus thing feels utterly inauthentic, cooked up by an army of consultants specifically tasked with extending her career. I'm sure that contributes to the public's distaste. Modern society has a rather attuned fraud antenna. Combine that with her aloofness and inability to pull sexy off, and this is the result.

  • Jiffylush

    You just insulted her appearance twice and are saying that if she were pretty like Kate Hudson people would not be treating her like this. Did a light bulb just come on over your head?

    No? Let me help you figure it out: You are one of the people this article is referring to.

  • I didn't insult her appearance. I said she's not attractive (it's fine - not everyone is). That's not sexist or insulting or misogynistic. It's just a fact.

    If you're going to force the world to accept you as some sex symbol, then sorry, we're allowed to make judgments through that prism. Calling some woman walking down the street "fat" or ugly" or "skanky" is criminal. Positing that a female who willingly objectifies herself for fame and dollars may not be all that sexy is completely in bounds.

    Also, please do not insult Kate Upton by confusing her with Kate Hudson.

  • Jiffylush

    Are you doing this on purpose or do you really not see it?

    "Said this before and I'll say it again -- if Miley Cyrus was attractive none of this would be happening. "

    This is an insult to her appearance. You are saying the reason that these people are saying horrible things about her is because she isn't attractive.

    If I said "if you were smart" that would be an insult to your intelligence.

    She isn't forcing the world to do anything, all of these people who are posting this stuff on facebook are seeking this stuff out, just like you did by clicking on the picture of her licking a mirror.

    Insulting Kate Upton? Not an insult, just a mistake, and as far as mistakes go you could do a lot worse than looking like Kate Hudson at 34.

  • "This is an insult to her appearance. You are saying the reason that these people are saying horrible things about her is because she isn't attractive."

    - If you have a better explanation for why Kate Upton, Rihanna, Katy Perry and hundreds of other entertainers aren't loathed for doing literally the exact same things as Cyrus, I'm all ears. A majority of whoever want to see these women in various states of undress.

    "She isn't forcing the world to do anything, all of these people who are posting this stuff on facebook are seeking this stuff out."

    - She's actively trying to brand herself as a sex symbol. Where do you think the pictures people post on FB come from? No one is photoshopping her tongue onto someone else's body. She wants people to think of her as sexy, as provocative, as risque. If that's what you're going for, then society is allowed to judge you on how well you accomplish that goal. Miley Cyrus is largely failing. You can't go on a nationally televised awards show wearing a Fifth Element costume, grind on another entertainer, and generally act like a clown, then cry foul when people criticize. Cyrus wants people to look at her. Well, they are. And by and large, people don't like what they see.

  • Jiffylush

    Six hours ago Tom Brazelton answered your question.

    "I think it has less to do with looks and more to do with context.

    Miley did the Disney thing and then seemed to IMMEDIATELY graduate into her current phase with no transition. The response has been so visceral because people can't realign their expectations that quickly without being walked through it.

    Sure, other past Disney stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears did the hyper-sexualized thing and it was a strategic choice - just like I'm sure Miley's is. But they kind of went away for a while before coming back in that way."

    You used the word forcing, I said she isn't forcing anyone to do anything. Your misunderstanding of the word force makes sense when paired with you saying that people are calling her a whore because she isn't attractive.

  • Jiffylush

    I may be making an assumption here but didn't all of these people go out and look for naked pictures of Miley Cyrus because they wanted to look at them?

    Not one of those people woke up being forced to stare at naked pictures of Miley Cyrus. So they want to ogle her and them shame her and talk about how horrible she is for having pictures out there for them to ogle. Are they all into degradation porn? Do they walk around the streets staring at women's asses and calling them whores under their breath?

    Thank you so much for posting their names, I honestly wish they were hyperlinks to their FB profiles.

  • Dominic

    It's this fake outrage that gets me . BTW this has been around since the 1980's Where was he outrage then ?? Oh I forgot , only Blacks and Latins were doing it so it got ignored( EVERY rap/hiphop video has a girl doing this or something similar ) It's only a problem when some Poor Little White Girl
    does it ??

  • VohaulsRevenge

    Amen. I wish there were more Americans familiar with the term "reaction formation", since it seems to be juice our entire media runs on.

  • Jiffylush

    To be honest I did have to look up reaction formation, and I can see how it applies in these cases.

  • DenG

    I believe Miley said that she craves attention and wants to be the person with whom everyone wants to hang. She's getting the attention. Crafty.

  • bleujayone

    Very well Pajiba, you force my hand....

    $25, But that's my final offer.

  • bastich

    Are you kidding? That's not even enough to cover the Methadone that they'll need to help their "Breaking Bad" withdrawal.

  • Erin S

    Oh, I don't need to see Lisa Cole's picture to know who she is. Only a certain breed of Facebook mom still use the "...NOT" line and think it's an effective comeback. I'm sure Lisa spends the rest of her time on Pinterest yelling at strangers for posting artsy, black and white nudes and calling it "smut." Go have a face-to-face talk with your children instead of writing "YOU LOOK GREAT HONEY, LOVE MOM" on all their Facebook photos, Lisa. They're down the goddamn hall.

    Sorry. Kids weren't the only group made worse by Facebook.

  • Xander

    Personally I don't really give a crap if she poses naked, if she does a sex tape or if she does a public gang bang in the middle of an abandoned church. She is an adult and it's her body so she can do whatever she wants with it. However the fact that works and helps makes this disgusting vile creature Terry Richardson even more famous? That's something she deserves a lot of criticism for. Granted a lot of singers and actors works with utter dicks however I have yet to see someone so openly disgusting as Richardson

  • bastich

    He looks like he drives a windowless van with "Free Puppies and Ice Cream" spray-painted on the sides.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I tend to just assume that's exactly what he does. Considering how young models are when they're discovered, it makes perfect sense.

    NBC ought to bring back To Catch a Predator solely to nail Terry Richardson. You know it's doable.

  • Sarah

    This is a joke, right? People are sick of her and that is their reaction to it. I find the pictures distasteful, but what actually bothers me is her constant need for attention and people see through that. Complaining about internet comments is useless.

  • VohaulsRevenge

    Indeed. Here's a gem from her Rolling Stone interview:

    "I said I was going to take a year off before I made this record.
    But it's hard to take a break. It's almost depressing when you're
    not working. You're so used to people calling your name, and that
    energy, and when you don't have it anymore . . . That's why I never
    complain about people wanting autographs or pictures. Because if there were a few days where no one asked, I'd probably be like, 'What the fuck's going on? Do people not like me?'"

    Read more:

    In short, if she has any problems, public nudity is the least of them.

  • RobynRobotron

    I'd say this is a perfectly valid feeling for a person who knows nothing but the spotlight for most of her life.

  • Lena

    "What actually bothers me is her constant need for attention..."

    She's promoting an album so she should, indeed, be courting attention. It's not necessarily a character flaw--that's her job.

  • Sarah

    I don't see Katy Perry on every gossip site everyday topless with her tongue out, saying the dumbest things, promoting drugs and she is also promoting her new album. You can have class and draw some kind of attention for your project, but what Miley does shows her hunger for attention, good or bad.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Didn't she have large fireworks strapped to her boobs, or was it whipped cream, I can't remember. Poor Miley could only manage a firecracker, perhaps it's why she's compensating?

  • Sarah

    I'm starting to see the mistake of taking Katy Perry as a classy example. Damnit Katy.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    How about Nicole Sherzinger, shed-loads of talent, manages to imbue sensuality into everything she does without whipping out her puppies every five minutes, and keeps her private life limited to only what the paparazzi can actually ferret out rather than having them on speed dial? Better choice?

  • draeton

    Nicole who?

  • Sarah

    Difficult. We should settle on someone worthy, women really tend to promote things with their sexuality.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    I'm confused by "retarded little girl". This is a twenty, twenty-one next month year old adult. We see actresses naked before this age, models certainly naked before this age, and porn stars definitely naked before this age. Why such a big deal over someone that is obviously having a blast and exploring whatever sexuality she feels like. To be that age, that rich and that carefree... many of us might do the same if we have that level of confidence at that age.

    Can people not separate her from her Disney days, or there something I'm missing. Sure, she looks like a chipmunk but that's a cute as she goes in my opinion.

  • The pendulum swing on the Miley debacle has been interesting. Personally, I'm kind of in a state of flux. I thought the MVA performance was horrible because it totally lacked any sense of artistry. But I thought Miley handled the fallout better than a typical 20 year-old would.

    I'm not particularly offended by her latest photos, but I think rebuking Sinead O'Conner's open letter by pointing out her struggles with mental health a few years ago was classless.

    Mostly, I take comfort in the fact that people will become bored with the button pushing and attention getting stunts and, eventually, Miley is going to have to back up these antics with something substantive to say. If she can't, then it won't be long before she's hosting reality show singing competitions.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Oh - Sinead has now written three open letters, and now she's starting to rant and repeat herself, the latest is all about 'mental health', blah, blah 'mental health', more blah... then "If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness"
    Grow up Sinead, the nappy is starting to show.

  • Anon

    Basically calling someone a slut using softer language and accusing them of not valuing themselves can ALSO impact one's ability to find work. So it's a little like the pot calling the kettle black, there.

  • Well, I'll agree with that. Calling the lawyers is a weak-sauce scare tactic. Basically, it's a classic case of "If you can't stand the heat..." Sinead was criticizing her. What did she expect?

    Honestly, Miley shouldn't even engaged Sinead in the first place. Why lend her any credibility?

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Well, I think most people would have done similar. Sinead made it HER business to try poking Miley, who then responded with 'I'm too busy working' but if you want to meet up sometime, that's fine. After which S posted letter 2 and Miley got irked and reposted some of S's meltdown tweets in response... pointing out that S needed to back off and stop trying to a: milk the open letters for all the publicity she can', and b: point out that she's a total fuck-up herself and should keep her personal opinions to herself.

    I'd have done much the same, but then I don't like people making my business theirs either : )

  • rico

    Dustin, it's not what "humanity is up against" but what humanity is becoming :-(

  • Michelle

    Yeahhh, I think we're a little spoiled here because folks that comment here, for the most part, tend to be reasonable adults that can have actual discussion or voice disagreements without resorting to saying things like "and her ass is shameful for a young girl" (because srsly, what does that mean?). Yikes.

  • Billybob

    It means that the possession of buttocks is not something that a young lady should willingly admit to. Ms Cyrus's failure to wear, at the very least, a bustle does her no credit.

  • Dominic

    well , aren't YOU from the 1950's

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Foreswear, I do believe I can see her ankles! Gaylord, hurry yourself and fetch me a tincture for my eyes...

  • ERM

    I think the "This bitch needs Jesus" comment is just a joke. If it is a joke, it's kind of funny...

  • Given that the name given is 'Lou Cifer' it's more than likely a joke. You'd think a website devoted to movies would have been learned that from 'Angel Heart' and left that one out.

  • bastich

    Lou Cifer = Ann Coulter?

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Oh, I doubt it. I've been told many times that I need Jesus in my life, but where's he going to sleep, I just don't have the spare room.

  • Boston Red

    He agrees.

  • Basement Boy

    People suck.

  • Parker Jammstein

    I think what bothers me more than the pictures is the fact that she insulted Sinead O'Connor for having a history of mental health issues.

    It's also somewhat ironic for her to do that, considering the faux Dali-esque madness that is the "We Can't Stop" music video.

  • Jiffylush

    SHE WHAT?!

    I am still going to make an anti all of these people post but holy crap my face is hot.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Sinead have her the 'i know better than you', holier-than-thou speech, I personally would have responded much the same way. People in glass houses etc... I'd consider Sinead to be the worst person to take advice from.

  • Becks

    But it didn't seem like she was throwing stones in the slightest. It seemed like she was trying to give some genuine heartfelt advice to Miley because she's been in the industry for a long time and she knows how much everyone is truly trying to screw everyone. The advice didn't come off as mean spirited or holier-than-thou at all. It seemed more like a woman telling another woman I've been there and I know it's a tough place so make sure you're really stepping back and looking at the decisions you make right now.

    I thought it was a hideous thing for Miley to do to mock her for her struggles with mental illness. It seemed just as insensitive as her apparent failure to realize how her treatment of black culture/people is being perceived. I know she's young but there comes a point where, age acknowledged, the person is just kind of an asshole.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Then why make it an 'open letter' - why not simply drop Miley a line, rather than going the attention-seeking route? I'm not trying to defend Miley, I'm not a fan either, but feel Sinead's suddenly found a ball lying on the floor and wants to run around with it screaming 'mine, mine, mine'..

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