The it-borders-on-kiddie-porn photo of Miley Cyrus in the current issue of Vanity Fair magazine screams for comment from artists, photographers, parents, teens, and anybody else who wants to jump onto this controversy.
Miley, who was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, has issued a statement saying she’s embarrassed by the way the photo turned out. And her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, is reportedly upset.
Hollywood types have already weighed in with their “what’s the big deal?” comments.
Parents, what do you do you think?
Artists, is the photo truly art, as the Vanity Fair editors claim?
Photographers, if given the opportunity, would you have shot a famous 15-year-old half nude?
Bloggers, bring it on.
Artists often comment about how difficult it is to generate publicity for themselves. Commenting on controversial topics is one of the best ways. During the teleseminar I hosted on “How Artists Can Sell More Artwork from Online and Offline Publicity,” I suggested artists create a Google Alert for topics they want to follow.
Google Alerts will keep you updated weekly, daily, or several times a day about when that topic appears someplace online, either in a blog post or video or news story.