October 16th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Meghan McCain: 'Don't call me a slut'

(CNN) - Meghan McCain is breaking her silence following a wave of media attention over a picture she posted on Twitter Wednesday night.

The revealing picture of herself in a tank top, which left little to the twitterverse's imagination, immediately drew harsh criticism from other tweeters, prompting an upset McCain to declare of the social networking Web site, "What once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment."

The 24-year old daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain didn't address the matter in more detail on her twitter account Thursday, but in a new column on the Web Site The Daily Beast - entitled Don't Call Me a Slut - she lashes out at the national media's scrutiny of the whole flap.

Earlier: Meghan McCain runs into backlash over photograph

"I spent most of the next day thinking about what exactly was so shocking about the picture, why there was such an immediate and nasty overreaction," McCain writes. "After all, it's not like I was caught making a sex tape. I certainly didn't pose nude for Playboy. And I hadn't even exposed a nipple."

"To be honest, I don't feel that I have anything to feel ashamed of. I've always embraced my curves and will continue to do so," she added.

McCain also accuses the media of having a double standard, celebrating photos of attractive male congressmen with their shirts off while criticizing her.

Ultimately though, McCain says she's not ready to give up Twitter just yet. Rather, she says she'll just be "more judicious" in how she uses it.


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  1. Big Joe

    Way to go Meghan! The Democratic Party would be wise to be wary of you. Brains and Beauty! I always admire your sense of youth and openness. It was a relaxed moment shared with the world. It's too bad too many people took it for other than what it was. Lucky would be the man next to you!!

    October 16, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Grahame

    It says an awful lot about the American Education system when a womans breasts are more important than what's in her head. Or in this case not much it seems. However, I feel so sorry for these Bible Thumping Southern Idiots. It was you, after all, who created Jim Jones and Michael Corresh plus any other sect that has come out of anywhere south of Mason Dixon. Any looney tunes fringe group seems to hatch in the South. So when Meghan McCain shows off her boobs this is the kind of stupid reaction from you folks. Just an uneducated pile of manure, all of you.

    October 16, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. keithc

    Americans are so uptight about sex, breasts and all that good stuff. You are modern progresive nation of adults, you should act like it.

    October 16, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Jake Klipp

    Too bad...

    October 16, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    The reason Meghan McCain is getting this attention is because of her father and her own desire to put herself out there as a public figure.

    Which is all fine. I have no problem with the photo, either – she's a lovely young woman.

    The problem is all these prudish GOP folks who want their women submissive and in a burkah.

    October 16, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Dave

    I don't think that picture is all that scandalous. A lot of people need to get a life – which I guess goes without saying if they spend a lot of time on Twitter.

    October 16, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. DeFacto

    This isn't news..

    October 16, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. MLH

    I don't understand – it didn't seem that the media was the problem – wasn't it the people who signed on to follow her through Twitter?

    October 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. John

    One of the hazards of the public nature of social networking sites on the internet, Meghan. If you can't handle the comments find something else to do for entertainment.

    October 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. stevo

    This is not news. It belongs in the gossip/lifestyles section.

    This whole thing is totally and absolutely IRRELEVANT!

    October 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Julia

    All of this nonsense over a woman with curves wearing a tank top? Haven't we ever seen breasts before? Let's move on, people. Meghan has every right to be proud of her body - everyone should.

    October 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Chad

    Meghan , Hang in there you are the real hope for the Republican Party, don't let the elitists and religious right judge you!!

    October 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Holly

    There are some things that are appropriate and some that are not. If you want to do whatever you want, then do it from a Hollywood platform, not a political one. Maybe I'm "Old school" or "right wing" but I was taught that how you behave will directly effect how respected or NOT respected you'll be by others. I do not believe this photo is indicitive of someone vying for a politcal platform, it does not represent good judgement and certainly does not represent the image of someone I want vetting Washington on my behalf. If you want to be the voice of the people you must rise above the image of the people! When did we get to the point that we, as a Nation, accepted any behavior, judgement, or scandal from our elected officials? I agree with live and let live...but in contrast to someone acting on behalf of the people, live by a higher standard. If you want to be "normal" then be "normal." No one questions "dress code" at their place of employment. Why? Because dressing that way is reflective of whatever position you hold. If you're a lawyer you better wear a suit to court, if you're a construction worker, a hard hat. The same should apply to those in the political arena. You can't act like a regular 24 yr old, dress like a regular 24 yr old. You're NOT a regular 24 yr old. You're a public figure, stand on and CONTINUE to use a public political platform and seek the support of the people...act like it!

    October 16, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Craig Nazor

    Everyone wants to make everything political! Her picture shows nothing more than I see every day teaching at a college. For those who are still wondering, yes, women have breasts. Imagine that.

    Meghan is a very rare commodity at the moment – a spontaneous, likeable, and honest Republican. Imagine that!

    October 16, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Too True For You

    What a crock of ka-ka. The only people complaining about this are the uptight, looking-for-any-reason-to-jump-on-the-hate-bandwagon morally-conceited fundamentalist nincompoops. I guess the WWJD bracelets are out of fashion now, or they just forgot what the letters stood for, or maybe they just delight in throwing the first stone.

    October 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. AJ

    You have nothing to be apologizing for Meghan the blasted media just loves to put anybody on the spotlight. Keep embracing your curves because you are one attractive woman.

    October 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Marco

    So what if she took a pic that showed some of her boobs. She looks good. You all puritanical holier than thou republican religious wackos need to get a life. Leave the lady alone.

    October 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. What

    Amazing sexist double standard. So called Headline News stories show celebrities exposing much more skin. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc, all posted pictures of the president without a shirt. Where are the woman's rights groups on this issue? This is absurd. McCain's picture was G rated, you see more skin in PG13 Disney cartoons designed for 8 year olds.

    October 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. greg hill

    Everyone's saying leave poor Meghan alone. Well, I strongly disagree. She needs to be punished. Fly her to my town. I'll spank her pooper real good right in the middle of the town square.

    October 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. ulrik remy

    Hey Meghan – welcome to the GOP of 2009!

    October 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. jeff

    Usually if you have to say you're not you are

    October 16, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. John J, IN

    Just goes to show you that the only thing Conservatives care about, is being right – not matter what the consequences. They would rather the entire world burn around them, than compromise with sane people. So much so they will go after members of their own political party (McCain, Meg. McCain, Powell, Graham, etc) thus destroying any credibility they have.

    What a hypocritical joke this "conservative movement" is.

    October 16, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Rick in OP

    Has CNN put Rick Sanchez in charge of selecting topics for the Political Ticker? The news articles listed for comment lately seem to be extraordinarily stupid.

    October 16, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Troy

    Meghan i would say do not worry about what people say! Who cares you know the truth and most people would agree with you, I believe you are a good person and I definetly would not loose sleep over their ignorant remarks!

    October 16, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Foreigner that watches? CA

    Funny reading the posts from right-wingers blaming the left for the criticism. It really is an amazing ability to project one's negative emotions to another...

    Limbaugh blames the President for him being dropped by the RAM buying group.

    Funny how the right talk abut personal responsibility, but doesn't take any for themselves.

    For the record, it's the CONSERVATIVES that are criticizing her picture, not the liberals... But the right shouldn't let facts get in the way of their opinions, because as everyone knows – facts have a liberal bias. LMAO

    October 16, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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