By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Again we find ourselve discussing American culture and its rancid down side.
Fifteen year old pop star Miley Cyrus posed for celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The photographs, which some have called erotic child porn or nearly so, are to appear in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. If they are not child porn they are at least “partially clothed.”
Vanity Fair. The cover of the June issue of Vanity Fair and the photograph of Miley Cyrus, inset.
Ms. Cyrus, alread the teen star of the Walt Disney Company’s billion-dollar “Hannah Montana” franchise, financial analysts say, will be worth $20 million by the time she is 18 years old.
Now Ms. Cyrus, daughter of singer Billy Ray Cyrus, claims she was used by Ms. Leibovitz and Vanity Fair.
She says she’s been wronged.
“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,” Cyrus said Sunday in a statement through her publicist. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
Well, gosh, even a 15 year old daughter of an American pop star knows how to get publicity, sell records and make more money. Sex in America sells and she knows it and so does her dad, the photographer and Vanity Fair.
Ms. Leibovitz is a renowned celebrity photographer whose edgy, sexy portraits have included subjects such as Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and a naked, pregnant Demi Moore.
She’s pretty well known. Sitting for her isn’t an accident waiting to happen. It is an entertainer hoping to become mega-rich.
In this April 14, 2008 file photo singer and actress Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2008 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Ms. Cyrus told PEOPLE Magazine,
“My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie [Leibovitz].”
PEOPLE also reported that Ms. Cyrus appears to be topless, but was actually clothed during the shoot.
Keep your 15 year old daughter in view in your teaching and in your prayers. If she reports she is sitting for Vanity Fair photographers, she probably knows what she’s doing. Get her an IRA. And make sure she knows how to use a condom, unlike one other pop star: Jamie Lynn Spears.
Jamie Lynn Spears
Because we have seen so many people ruin their lives due to the agony of addiction, we sometimes shed light upon the “rich and famous.” They are not immune from the ravages of drugs and alcohol. Far from it. In fact, because many entertainers and celebrities have a lot of “disposible” money (Amy Winehouse, who was arrested for cocaine possession and use, is reportedly worth $20 million) they can even mnore easily slip into addiction than some others.
Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, 2007 after some serious drug use, was admitted that week to a rehabilitation clinic to help her battle against drug addiction, her record company said.
Last week sexy model and movie actress Angie Everhart was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).
Wikipedia speaks about her career this way:
Following a playful photo session with her mother and the submission of the results to a local modeling agency, Everhart was on a plane to Paris later that year. By the end of the following year, she had graced the covers of such fashion mainstays as ELLE and Glamour magazine (for which she was the first-ever red-haired cover girl). Though a riding accident in which she broke her back at the age of 19 nearly put an end to her aspirations, Everhart eventually recovered through physical therapy. Early in her career, Everhart was advised she would never be a top model because she was a redhead. However, she succeeded in her chosen career and posed for numerous publications. She appeared in several issues of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, starting in 1995. After years of publicly insisting she would never pose nude, Everhart did just that for the February 2000 issue of Playboy. She was ranked #98 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2003.
Everhart made her film debut in 1993 with the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy Last Action Hero. She has since appeared in such features as Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1996), Denial (1998), Trigger Happy (1996) and Gunblast Vodka (2000).
Angie Everhart, 2003
Other movies she has appeared in include Jade (1995), and Executive Target (1997), Since then, her feature film roles have been restricted to low budget erotic thrillers and softcore porn, such as Another 9 1/2 Weeks (1997) and Bare Witness (2001). She also appeared in the 2004 television series Celebrity Mole: Yucatan, in which she was the rogue agent sabotaging the group. She was one of the “Gingers” on the second season of The Real Gilligan’s Island (the other was Erika Eleniak), but left the show when she accidentally cut her finger severely enough to sever tendons and require surgery. Angie was also a panelist on “To Tell The Truth” from 2000 to 2001.
Here is a woman that recovered from a broken back. She has a lot to live for. We pray that she gets her life straightened out — and fast.