October 16th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
4 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. Go Obama

    Last time I checked women got to wear what they wanted to and don't have to wear burkas. I might disagree with almost everything Meghan McCain says but she is right in this case.

    October 16, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Ron

    Have you seen the picture? There is far less revelaed there than one would see on night-time television or on magazine covers at the checkout of the local grocery store. I really don't understand the comment "which left little to the twitterverse's imagination". What is the big deal here? Please, please, please, stick to the real news.

    October 16, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Bill from Michigan

    I am and will always be a democrat but I do have a crush on Meghan McCain. We might not agree on some issues but she is smart, brave and gorgeous. I agree with her, she did not show anything in that photo that would be considered indecent, this is so stupid specially with all the major problem we are going through. Meghan if you read this, I LOVE YOU! Marry Me!

    October 16, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. SCOT

    4 of our soldiers killed in Afghanistan and this drivel is what gets the headlines, Oh and dont forget the kid in the balloon and the interminable Gosselin story.

    October 16, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. JP

    CNN, Why are you letting the republican trolls continue to bash this girl on your website and your airwaves? That's all this story is doing. Anyone with a hint of common sense should understand that we all are alive to "live our lives", and to penalize others for being alive, well, that's just sad. Republican's don't even respect that she is part of their party. This is just pathetic partisanship from the republicans...OVER NOTHING!

    October 16, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. MobsterNadia

    Really? What an idiot!!!
    News flash moron!
    U r definitely a "useful idiot" for the DEMS!

    October 16, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Tony

    I barely made it past the first sentence. Jeez this is a boring story.

    Stay sexy, sweetheart!

    October 16, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. brian

    To all those who are saying 'NOT NEWS'... really? She's the daughter of the former GOP Presidential nominee and is very active in politics herself. When exactly then would this become news? When she DOES make a sex tape? If you don't think its new that's fine, but do you really think you blurting out 'NOT NEWS' will make CNN not run these stories lol... since when did sex NOT sell? Get real!

    October 16, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. dmcd

    This is what passes for political discourse these days.
    I'm so sick of this stupidity.
    Can we please talk about something that matters.

    October 16, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Stuart

    What is it with you people? You'd think she posed nude the way many of you are acting. Big deal on what she had on. It's clothes and she is clothed. Anyone who has a problem with the picture must be living a very sheltered life. Just because you may not wear a top like that, doesn't mean everyone has to follow what you do. GROW THE (place your own word here) UP

    October 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. MobsterNadia

    Also all you liberal idiots out there who thinks this dumb moron s/b the "voice" of the Repub, think again. You don't want Repubs to have a say in your Party so why should any of u have a say!

    Better yet why don't u worry about the voices in your own party!! Seems to me there is NO concensus at all!!!

    October 16, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Beaver

    Gee Wally, that picture makes me feel funny!~

    October 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. piscatawayconoy

    That picture was awesome. Absolutely, positively awesome.

    October 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. jeff

    Meghan,

    You probably should have looked a little more at that pic before you listed it, but hey it's not that bad really. As a matter of fact you looked pretty smokin hot. If you wanted to share that with everyone, then I don't seen any issue. Other folks in the spotlight show off too, if they got it. You're just 24, now is the time to shine. No big deal, well not small either, lol.

    October 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. mjm

    I thought she looked good.

    Who do you think has bigger boobs...Meghan or the Democratic party?

    October 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Gary

    I'm curious as to the blaming the public media for the uproar re: the twitter posting. It seems that the GOP folks do not like the press unless it's something in their favor. Palin's complaint against the press was that the media was out to destroy her and her family until she called her own press conference and controlled who asked what question. Same for Bush and Cheney both. So what if the young lady wears a tank top; she's comfortable in her own home and what she wears is her own business. But to blame the public news media when something doesn't go as planned is bordering on attempted censorship.

    October 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Independent

    Oh honestly, people make a big deal out of any little thing. I'm a democrat with some conservative leanings and Meghan is an inspiration for me that the Republican Party hasn't quite become a fossil just yet. She did absolutely nothing wrong, it's not a crime to be proud of your figure. More power to you Meghan, one of the only sensible Republicans of today that I've met.

    October 16, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Jenn, Philadelphia

    This is not political or news. Why is it on CNN's political ticker?

    October 16, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Ray

    Leave the girl alone. so what if she posted a picture of her-self in a tank top . god blessed her with big boob`s and she is not ashamed of her body. I dont see what all the fuss is about. if you dont like the picture, dont look.

    October 16, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. MikeH

    What'd she expect? Republicans eat their young and wounded.

    If Mehgan lost about 20 lbs, she'd be stunningly beautiful.

    October 16, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Sophia

    She should be ashamed! Ashamed that she is Republican, that its. Otherwise, she looks fabulous. Leave her alone.

    October 16, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Joe Seidler

    The reason for the strong reaction to Megan's photo is clear. The right wing of the conservative party doesn't like her, and they love to use "dirty" pictures as a way to get at their detractors.

    These people are so hung up over nudity and sex (their priests and parents have been filling them with how dirty it is since they were born, so now they believe it), that they can't be objective about it. They have no ability to be rational about deciding what is silly, or art, and what is pornography. To them, everything is porn. They live in a very small world.

    October 16, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. djdjdjs

    Sounds like the dem's love her. Me too.

    It's obviously her repub friends who made this a big deal.

    October 16, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. goodpyr

    She wanted some attention.Instead of using an intellectual approach.
    Out come the boobs.A real Feminist.

    October 16, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Jason

    If this country feels the photo of Meghan McCain was bad, then we as a society are as closed minded as the Taliban in Afghanistan....She took a sexy pic of herself, get over it...

    October 16, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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