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. Matt K from Canada

    Well I hope Miss. McCain succeeds in her crusade against Twitter,
    Good Luck!

    October 16, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. nikunjbhai

    Like any technology, Twitter is an addiction. Once you're hooked, it is hard to give up. With thousands of followers, one becomes an exhibitionist.

    October 16, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. malcolm75

    I thought the picture was really cute and I think she's very beautiful, but now she is seeing how the wacko's in this country don't like it when someone is trying to have fun, feel sorry for these religious nuts!

    October 16, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Phat Elvis

    Hey megan, 2 things and i say this with love,

    1. grow a thicker skin
    2. you look fabulous, dont listen to all the noise

    best of luck to ya, from a hardcore democrat.
    leftists actually do appreciate perspectives from the right that are rational....

    October 16, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Naldo

    Right....wealthy white Republican plays the "victim" card again. What's funny is that it was her own cohorts who were slamming her!

    October 16, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. B

    She and Daddy really don’t get it......

    October 16, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Clay

    If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...

    October 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. RR in AZ

    Meghan is beautiful, but she needs to grow up. You can't put yourself out there and not expect everyone to agree with the picture. Once you expose yourself, you have to be able to handle the good and the bad

    October 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. JS007

    What's the big deal? I liked the pic. Those attacking Meghan McCain for showing some cleavage should instead focus on the 122 Americans who die EACH DAY due to a lack of health care. The media should be ashamed. Why aren't you investigating the massive corruption and influence peddling by Senators who are holding up health reform to protect insurance profits? Why aren't you explaining the benefits of the single-payer systems that other countries enjoy? Chuck Grassley talks like a crazy person and cleavage is the thing on which you are focusing? America reminds me more and more of the latter days of the Roman Empire.

    October 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Karen

    Meghan needs to look to her Mom for a lesson in class and how to dress. She just doesn't need to put it ALL out there.

    October 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. DJ

    yeah enough already...who cares about this gossip

    October 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    If I've posted it before then why isn't it posted. I say nothing any worse than what your Democrat supported fans say especially the four letter words against someone of Megan and Palins statue. None of these people could even carry their groceries to their car.

    October 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. www.firedoglake.com

    Meghan is right. There's nothing wrong with the photo.

    But the people she twitters for are the same people who highjacked the entire Republican Party, right wing crazies who defend immoral – but powerful – people on the one hand, while on the other dutifully mouthing nonsense about being morally superior to the rest of the country on social issues, though they are not.

    These people have been so well conditioned by so much nonsense, and they have become so mindlessly narrow-minded, that they can't tell the difference between a young woman who is proud of what she looks like and real smut.

    We have real problems to fix, people. Grow up.

    October 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Jim

    this is not news. more can be seen on any beach in the country. leave her alone and move on.

    October 16, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Davey

    I saw the picture. . .

    Not sure what all the hubbub is all about.

    October 16, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Leave this lady alone – who really cares what size her bra is or anything else – it is not your body that counts it is the content of your character that counts in my book – this will only matter to those who's minds are already sick and filled with the take anybody down that they can – lets be honest it will be mostly from the conservatives without consious folks. have a nice day to all you sicko's – not.

    October 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Reggie from LA

    Take Dat Laura Ingraham. Kabam!!...sorry Senator and Mrs McCain.

    October 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. New Age Independent

    More liberal hate... It doesn't even surprise me anymore. If you don't agree with the Libs, then you will be attacked and slandered. it's just the standard operating procedure of the left.

    October 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. MAXIMUS

    Sounds like a bunch of hypocrites acting like they walk around with a halo around their head. Give me a break....there are a lot worse things out there than Meghan Mcains picture/

    October 16, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Fred

    Ah, yes. Even though she breaks with the traditions of the GOP and is a more progressive conservative than most of the party, the Left will continue to bash her just because of who she is. Nice job, lefties, your hipocrisy is showing.

    October 16, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Roy Arellano

    Megan, LET THEM HATE! lol.

    October 16, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Barbara

    I am a strong supporter of President Obama but I've always respected voices from the GOP that made sense..that didn't base arguements on attack and garbage. I've found Ms. McCain to be a decent young woman with knowledge in issues and the ability to make her point without screaming accusations that are untrue and do more harm than good. Please do not fade away Ms. MCain as I think the GOP needs more like yourself.

    October 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Todd

    What's the big deal? She has a few of the only assetts the rpublicon party can lay claim to these days.

    October 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Ah Conservatives. They will turn on their own if they don't follow the straight and narrow.

    October 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Joe S

    The MSM and idiots in each party need to get over this. Stop being jealous of what she has that you apparently lack and feel the need to trash her for it.

    OMG THAT WOMAN HAS BOOBS AND TOOK A PICTURE OF IT. WE MUST CRUCIFY HER!

    October 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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