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. Laurie in Spokane

    CNN you've turned into a "National Enquirer" sort of sleazy tabloid.

    October 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. john

    the only thing she has to be ashamed of is being a Republican who watches Hannity regularly. Her body is amazing.

    October 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Jose A. Nieves

    And this is suppose to be a Political Ticker?

    October 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Noah from Chicago

    Okay this is not even remotely a newsworthy story leave Ms. McCain alone

    October 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. babs

    I'm a Dem that likes Meghan. I think she may be the only GOPer that i can stand. She lives in this decade.

    October 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Jamie from Riverside

    I saw that picture and it's not really all that bad, however, it was clearly no accident how she appeared and it's obvious she was showing her girls off...who cares? The photograph was clearly taken through a mirror so she knew how whe appeared – just notice how the book's title she is holding up is reversed.

    October 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Terry, Butte, MT

    Meghan is more of a democrat than some democrats on social issues, and more of a true conservative than most conservatives on other issues.

    Her fans that were calling her names for the photo are ignorant. She has nothing to be ashamed of, and good for her for speaking out.

    October 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. James Brooklny N.Y.

    I once thought she was going to be a rational voice for the republican party and for the younger voters but then she went on Bill Maher and made a complete fool of herself and proved she really is a spilling image of her goofy family. She too needs to just go away.

    October 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Brittney

    How does CNN turn this shallow, stupid teeange gossip into headline news? How does any media website allow this to turn into news? So ridiculous. Who cares? Meghan McCain isn't even RELEVANT.

    October 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Al King

    Wow!!! I guess she knows how President Obama feels...lol

    October 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Shawn

    I love how I'm reading about how it's the Republicans, Conservatives, or Christians who are bashing McCain when in fact it is the liberals who are making a big fuss about nothing. Here, CNN has 2 or more articles on Megan, yet Fox has ZERO!

    Such hypocrites...

    October 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. kgeukes Michigan

    Good Lord, leave the child alone...but I have to agree with most posters here....Why is this news???

    October 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Lauren in Ohio

    Ok, let me ask this.

    Women went ga ga over Obamas vacation pictures in Hawaii when he was caught without a shirt. No one said a word. Is this what you call DOUBLE STANDARD??????

    Of course the Obama lovers are going to say it is wrong, and not a double standard, but the truth is, there is a HUGE one out there right now.

    October 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. angela

    people have way too much time on their hands..

    October 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Jim

    America has become so full of dishonest holier than thou people, infatuated with gossip, guns, violence and judgement of others while claiming to want peace and claiming to be followers of Jesus. They don't have their own lives in order, so the turn to crititize and hate others. They are the equivelent of Taliban or military dictatorship thinking. Its time recognize these people for who the really are.

    October 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Rush L.

    Who cares. Do the churchies want all women covered up or what? Whats next, are we turning into Iran?

    October 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Paul

    She knew it was a provocative photo, and got the exact response she was fishing for, plus a lil more.

    October 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Jen

    This is seriously news?!!? How is the giant poisonous coal ash spill in Tennessee being treated? What particular states have public medical care that works and is cost effective? Why are super rich people and corporations allowed to skip out on their fair share of taxes? Why are we still in Iraq? No wonder the U.S. is the laughing stock of the world and no one respects us anymore! Please, this is getting embarrassing.

    October 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. angela

    People have way too much time on their hands...and it must be a slow new day.

    October 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. kitty

    Honey, I just wanna know what brand name bra you were wearing, because there ain't no why they're up that high all on their own, 24 years old or not!

    October 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. FancySmiley from Conyers, GA

    Get over it folks, it just cleavage. Goodness gracious. Would you people prefer her to wear a habit? Even then, some would find a problem with it.

    October 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. JSL

    Love Megan. Even if she's a Republican.

    October 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Chris

    CNN has sunk so low ... a "news" story about Megan McCain's Twitter pics. Who cares?! This story shows that CNN is becoming an online version of People Magazine, full of gossip about stuff as dumb as the posts on Twitter.

    October 16, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Sam

    Hang tough. keep speaking up. This is support from someone who generally does not agree with many of your view

    October 16, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    She is so hot! I love that pic of her! WOW very pretty... too bad she still supports rethuglicans. Those are probably the ones who complain about the pic. Rethuglicans are like the taliban. They don't want women to show their assets or brains!

    October 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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