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. GOP, you picked the wrong guy..and gal!

    What is all the hoopla, that picture wasn't racy.

    October 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Roxan

    Megan go sit down somewhere, we dont need YOU. We already have a President

    October 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Bob

    This is such a stupid, pointless NON-ISSUE! People act like she was posing with her legs in the air.

    Who cares if she is a Republican or Democrat, SHE IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A HUMAN BEING!!! I've seen worse pictures posted on public forums that no one gives two shades of crap about, but this girl is being vilified for her cleavage????

    Grow Up, SHUT THE HELL UP, and leave this girl alone.

    October 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. John Pittsburgh

    Grow up Meghan.

    October 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Pearlie

    CNN!!!!!!!!!!!, please give us news that is worthy of our intellect. Do your have any other type of news but this fooliness, you are beginning to disgust me with this type of so call news. There are really good news out there, get off of your buts and get them and STOP this kind of silly reporting.

    October 16, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. JRS

    Why does anyone care about this? Why is CNN even making this a story?

    October 16, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Joey Michaels

    Very left leaning liberal here. I don't often agree with Miss McCain, but I'll defend to the death her right to say what she wants – while wearing any outfit she wants. This controversy is a tempest in a c-cup.

    October 16, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Dave

    I'm not a fan of Republicans or the McCain family, but there was nothing wrong with the picture Meghan posted. You'd see as much in a modest bathing suit. The problem is, the GOP has turned into the American Taliban, and they're hung up about anything that even hints at sex. They'd probably love to see Meghan in some Baptist version of a burkha. I live in the South, I know what the religious right is like, and they'd LOVE to impose Taliban-like laws if they could get away with it.

    October 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. FightingDem

    The current direction the religious right is taking will result in women wearing burkas if we allow them.

    Meghan

    Be proud, you are intelligent and attractive. Don't let this ruckus get to you. There are alot of moderate to liberal Americans that like what you have to say.

    October 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Mark T.

    Sigh....much ado about nothing. She's a woman so it should be no surprise to anyone she has breasts.

    October 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Andi

    But the GOP is ok with their guy Flake in nothing but shorts? Leave her alone. Twitter isn't exactly high-brow media. Maybe if people weren't so focused on looks, they wouldn't be so upset. She can do what she wants. It certainly isn't her fault the media made this a 'story'.

    October 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Martha Yates

    Meghan–you're a beautiful girl, but as one of your fans with hopes that you have a place in the future governing this nation, I think you might want to tone it down a little.

    Jeanne Yates, Freeman, MO

    October 16, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Muckinello

    On Real Time with Bill Maher
    Paul Begala "Also Ronald Reagan spent the first two years of his presidency critcizing Jimmy Carter"
    Meghan McCain "I don't know, I was not alive then"
    Paul Begala "Well, I was not alive during the French Revolution but I know about it"
    That exchange basically tells it all to the credentials that Meghan McCain has to be anything else than the daughter of a failed presidential candidate.

    October 16, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. dawn

    She definitly has no right posting those pictures. Go away meghan, lose about 50 pounds and THEN post some pictures.

    October 16, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Kelsey

    Our entire world is full of double-standards, like it or not. If Meghan had been the daughter of an infamous rock-star, then this picture wouldn't be an issue. But she isn't. Because of her fathers government status she is held to higher expectations. It's not that we expect her to hide her curves, but she cannot post revealing photos without painting her family in a poor light. Everything she does comes back to her father. If she respects him then she should do whatever she can to be a rolemodel for young Republicans.

    October 16, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. John

    I thought this was the party of angry white males. Nothing anrgy or male about that picture.

    October 16, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Vouyer

    ...And on the 15th day...of October...I saw cleavage. And it was Good!

    October 16, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Good Luck

    Her photo was in poor taste, and probably ruined any chances of her "saving" the Republican Party.

    October 16, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Anger!=VoteCount

    I don't blame all the GOP-h8 going on... They would rather have a picture of Larry Craig in a bathroom stall instead...

    October 16, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Don

    Why are people blaming the media for all the attention this is getting? The media is reporting on the depth of the reaction to her twitter post, which is mostly followed, and commented on, by Republicans. So two things have made this "news": the picture itself, which right or wrong, anyone could have predicted flashing a mile of cleavage would cause a stir from her followers; and the magnitude of that stir. All of this happened before the media picked it up, so don't blame this on the media.

    October 16, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Joe

    Who cares it is a picture of a young woman in a tank top and pushup bra.

    Nothing to see here (except her which it wasn't a flattering picture TBH) move a long.

    Unless we want to go back to a Puritan society.

    October 16, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Pete

    Seriously…..who cares! I am amazed that CNN has this as one of the TOP STORIES. What a JOKE. There is worse on primetime television EVERY night and we ACCEPTED a President who cheated on his wife IN THE WHITE HOUSE but this NON-NUDE picture is an issue? Only reason people care is because she is the daughter of a prominent Republican. GET A GRIP people. If she was the daughter of a Democrat she would be praised for "being proud of her body" or for "expressing herself". Just another example of the double standards that are now acceptable. This is simply CNN and their Democratic friends trying to smear someone they don't like.

    October 16, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. The Essential Republican

    There is no place for sex appeal in this party!

    October 16, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. roger

    Hey, she is a good looking woman with big boobs, you can tell that from almost any photo of her! Plus she has a lot more intelligence than 95% of the other republicans. All I can say is that the idiots who made such a big deal of her photo must not go to a beach, swimming pool, watch tv/movies, read magazines, or walk around town with ther eyes open! They will see a lot more doing those activities.

    October 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Don

    Let's not blame the liberals for this. If Nancy Pelosi shows up on the beach in a thong, I believe we'll hear something on CNN about that too.

    October 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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