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. Jon luvs yummies in Oregon

    It's tough being a woman with big ones, Meghan...don't let your own party of naysayers stop you from showing us what you've got. We like the view! Yummy! Strike one for large-breasted women everywhere!

    October 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Kristie

    you go girl! the media has and continues to ruin the best of the best. I hope to someday vote for you in politics!!!!

    October 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Martin

    This is ridiculous and unworthy of media attention. It isn't a big deal, get over it.

    October 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. BC

    Why don't you go on tour with Liz Cheney? You could call it "Priviliged Daughters of Old-White Politicians". I'm sure everyone gives a hoot what you have to say about anything.

    October 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Ben

    She is a young 24. I am sure half the people responding to this article don't know or won't acknowledge their daughter has pulled something similar. Leave her alone for being human. Leave her alone for having an opinion and just let her grow up. I don't see how because her father is a political figure we need to make her out as one too. Maybe someday, just not today.

    October 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Getreal

    what model have you people seen that size She is a beautiful girl but, she wanted some attention, and she got it. Grow up.

    October 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Scott Alexander

    I don't think she's what she's accused of in this article. Now is she a "bad person" and bad role model based on her views...that's a different story. Doubtful she'll ever explain or defend herself based on her hateful comments she's made in the past (and will continue to make).

    October 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    If your a woman, who is either smart and successful, like Sarah Palin or beautiful like Meghan, then you are fodder for the liberal fascists. They are threatened by the fact that you women, who are conservative, dont need the federal govt. or those leftist, dont shave my legs and armpits, women orgs. where they feel all women are victims. The libs are afraid that other women will be inspired to leave the democrat party, because the charade that Republicans are the party of white men is being exposed as a lie. we are taking down the wall of liberal sexism one brick at a time.

    October 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. drbenk

    Her dad is not the brightest bulb and she's a couple of watts lower than he is. They make Palin look bright. Naw, even that would be impossible.

    October 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Got what she desired for being so stupid.

    October 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Geoff

    Uggggh, okay....she has nice breasts and she posted a picture that showed some cleavage...oh my god stop everything now....somebody showed cleavage! Should we perhaps return to the neck high, ankle-low, one-piece dresses for all women?

    October 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. gs923

    This is not political news, get it off the ticker

    October 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Bill

    Although I don't agree with many of Meghan's political positions, I think the outcry over her picture is ridiculous and politically motivated. I think if the truth be known, virtually all of us sit around our homes in more casual attire than we would probably go out on the town in, but this photo is far from pornographic. I wish these fanatical critics would get a life and realize you can see more racy things in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition than was on her post. Meghan, ignore these bozos and keep speaking your mind.

    Bill
    Atlanta

    October 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. The Voice

    Im a Democrat and personally, I lik the picture. Nice to see a Senator's daughter getting down. I don't think she should be insulted and on the other hand, she needs to stop whining about it.

    YOU post a picture like that, you are going to get mixed opinions.

    Can we get another one now, waist down though????!!!!

    October 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. rachel leaver at Berkeley

    HOW did McCain end up with a 24 year old daughter? I had no idea. Regardless, I could kick myself for voting for Obama. I think he should be impeached, he doesn't know what he's doing. That shows me how much power is allotted to the president unchecked. He can do whatever he wants. He is taking too many risks.

    Maybe she should be president or even Michelle Obama.
    I wanted Hilary, I am certain the country would not have such a high unemployment rate, steadily increasing to 12%, if Clinton were in office now. Thanks, CNN, for slandering Hilary so unabashedly during the election coverage! The token black with total of less than five years of political experience wins the nobel prize, bowls a 35, and creates a national debt in six months that will take 31 years to pay off! Great. I'm voting for HER next time!

    October 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. LLM in MD

    Get over it GOP...I'm a democrat and I don't see anything wrong with the pic....like someone said...IT'S JUST CLEAVAGE!!

    October 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Mike M

    What has America become? Where are our priorities? It is a sad commentary on what we have become when a non-provocative photo receives so much coverage and condemnation. Maybe we should condemn the JC Penney Sunday flyers for showing women in bras and panties. Time for Americans to get real and focus on what is really important!

    October 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. LLM in MD

    I say show how ignorant ur fellow REPUBS are and re-post the pic.

    October 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Realistic

    She is a beautiful young woman and she did nothing to be ashamed of unlike a lot of republicans now a days. I don't mind her picture at all and would like to see her pose for a magazine. Not playboy{ok maybe} but one where she can strut her stuff in a classy way. Your young, live it up but with class which is something that is lacking in the republican party, class..

    October 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. jason

    She is as pathetic as her dad. Who cares what this spoiled politically misguided idiot thinks.

    October 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    There is nothing wrong with showing off her boobs. It is a lot better than being a boob like the majority of Republicans

    October 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Erock

    Nothing this woman does should be newsworthy. She hasn't done anything to justify her popularity except to be born into the right family. She's dumber than a sack of rocks.

    October 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Elle

    The reason some folks lashed out at her is because she's a hypocrite. She stands by her notion that she's so "conservative" but then goes out and acts the opposite. The reason many actors don't get slammed for it is obvious – they don't go around touting their conservative moral values and then show off their curves on a very obviously watched social networking site. Megan, you're just trying to get attention, so don't act like it's all a big shock. Dumb.

    October 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Sean

    Cut the young lady a break. She did nothing wrong.

    And Mark, who's post is second from the bottom here, don't be an idiot. Sarah Palin receives the criticism she does because she's an unintelligent, blatantly dishonest, dangerous farce of a politician, not because she's some undeserving liberal whipping post. She's earned no respect, so she gets none. Megan McCain is far more worthy of respect. She won't be criticized by liberals like Palin is unless she does something to deserve it.

    October 16, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. David

    How cares is right. Women are critical because most of them only could wish they had half the equipment and looks of Meghan. Why shouldn't she want to appear sexy and attractive? She is. She's not the spokes person for any political party either. All those of you who come up with your astute criticisms, "Get a life". And any guy who has a problem with the view she offers....well, we won't even go there.

    October 16, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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