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. Sniffit

    Sex sells. It's not like that's a secret. This was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Her coverage by the "news" media was waning, so she got a little randy in a photo. Baby wanted her spotlight. Whoopdy doo da.

    October 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. OldUncleTom

    The wing-nuts will be promoting the burka next... give it a rest, please.

    Meanwhile, Meghan, you continue to embrace your curves, and I (sigh) will continue to envy you the privilege.

    ... and tell those filthy-minded Christians to kiss your cute little...

    October 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Kay

    The picture wasn't for "family viewing??" My son sees ALL of my breasts several times a day when he nurses. When is America going to get over its bizarre fascination with breasts... I mean really, half of America has them. Maybe more than that! ;)

    October 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. terry

    she is a young lady. she is allowed to wear a tank top,and there is nothing wrong with that picture in question. To be honest this is what the opposite sex like to see for the most part. She doesn't dress unacceptablely in public to my knowledge. She looks great,nice figure.

    October 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. mat

    If you have a voice and some in politics don't want it hear, they will attack.
    Look at these post, since when do so many think criticism is OK?
    Why not listen to what is said and find out what is the truth. Oh wait, this isn't about something she said, but an image of her looks.
    Is this what America has become?
    Are you the 'Real Americans' ... Ugly, Loud and Hateful?

    October 16, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Allen

    Who Cares. The media perpetuates sex and sells it on every magazine cover and TV show/commercial. What is one lousy picture of a women showing some sexy curves. Isn't that what this society is founded on...So many hypocrites out there. Give it a rest!

    October 16, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Ron Abfalter

    Leave her alone. She's just being human like the rest of us.

    October 16, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Seriously, Left

    Thhe reason this is news is because lefties have nothing better to do than to comment on every little ticker story that comes through. And they wonder why Sarah Palin won't go away....

    October 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. LouAz

    Does this mean she can't be a Republican anymore ? Is there some bra size limit to be a member of the Flat Earth Party ? Oh I get it . . . it's not Flat Earth, it's just Flat.
    Well, come on over to the Bright Side. We are the Party of if you got 'em, flaunt 'em ! You are probably safer over here as well. We don't have double standards for our politicos.

    October 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Willy

    Who cares? She looks good. She shouldn't be made to feel ashamed for that. Her politics, maybe, but not how she looks. :)

    October 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. HJA

    This is news? (yawn)

    October 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. 15 minutes of fame are up

    Who cares...

    If you are going to be in the public eye, and post your thoughts and photos for all to see people are going to react.

    October 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    Megan, honey–all those following your tweets ARE NOT your friends. Obviously. Don't worry about what those types think–you will never be able to satisfy them regardless of what you do or try to do.

    Anyone who feels the need to call you an ugly name because of a goofy at-home photo really needs to get a life.

    Also, I'd like to say: You Go, Girl! Stand up for yourself and fight the silliness of people who are so fearful.

    October 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. JohnMc

    Everyone who is saying "don't worry about what they say" and "you did nothing wrong" are perverts who enjoyed looking and drooling at her picture. Everyone else who is saying "bad judgment" are correct. She should take responsibility for her action and not blame anyone for it. It's not like someone took her picture from a peephole and posted it online. It was her fault and her fault only.

    October 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay, we won't. Next. NEWS. PLEASE?

    October 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Reagan was wrong

    Today's GOP is a close-minded homogeneous lot. They tolerate only a very narrow range of ideas and behaviors, most of which are incompatible with the lifestyles of today's modern, independent, and educated women.

    I just don't understand why Meghan insists on belonging to a group that openly hates her and her father.

    October 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Mike

    Oh my god – why is this even an issue???

    There was nothing tasteless about the picture. I find it to be a nice picture, a genuine picture.

    To the ones who say she should dress differently: She's in her own house – why can't she do what she wants there?

    Until the MSM comes off this "skinny is in" crap, stuff like this, and the Ralph Loren model who was fired because she was "too fat" (5'11", 122lbs), this will continue to happen.

    I fear for the future of our country with stuff like this.

    October 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. J. Uram

    It just goes to the credibility of the media. Anything is news even if it is meaningless prattle that has nothing to do with a real issue.

    October 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. teresa

    It's just cleavage. God this country is full of prudes.

    October 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. mike

    ahhh! the smite wing , right wing . it's a wonder any of you were born .leave her be.

    October 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Kay

    I'm not a McCain fan, but she's a very pretty young lady. She did nothing wrong!

    October 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. BraveSaintStuart

    Why is this in the Political Ticker, again? Who cares.

    October 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Langley

    Hey REPUBLICANS, its not the liberals who are attacking her, its your own members of the your right wing. Get your facts straight. Sadly you Republican end up attacking anyone who is moderate. Sad day indeed. You GO Megan, I might not support your dad or your politics, but your curves get my vote!

    October 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    Mehgan,

    Don't confuse yourself with Obama.

    October 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. RH

    Please. She knew exactly what she was doing and exactly what sort of response it would elicit. And now she's got exactly what she was hoping for since the idea first popped into her head: attention.

    October 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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