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Is John McCain’s daughter a slut?

on Oct 17 in celebrities, politics, trends, Twitter posted by

The LA Times reported yesterday that John McCain’s daughter is causing a “media firestorm” after posting a picture of questionable taste to her Twitter profile.

Apparently, the picture in question was a close-up of her (fully-clothed) breasts. For someone less in the public eye (or whose father was less so) this would be a meaningless gesture that might get her followed by a few more horny guys, but not much else.

But did Ms. McCain miscalculate (unintended alliteration alert!)? Or was her exposure, intended to, well, expose her?

There are two points here:

  • First, we hold our politicians (and their families) to a higher standard than others, and rightly so. So Ms. McCain’s behavior is certainly ill-judged, as she tried to deflect the idea that she would be seen as a “slut.”
  • Second, it is easy for the barely known (sorry about the ghastly pun) to get to semi-celebrity status overnight by doing something a bit controversial or out of the norm. That’s the power of social media in the world today. We’d better get used to it.

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Who cares? It’s really interesting that something like this would cause a media firestorm when they are so many important things going on in the world. There is really something wrong when people think that something like this is important.

    Comment by Emma Springer — October 18, 2009 @ 1:06 am

  2. Emma, I totally agree! Here we see a manifestation of Andy Warhol’s prediction that everyone will have "15 minutes" of fame. The point of my post is that even someone like Meghan McCain can get media attention for a photograph that was merely of questionable judgment, let alone pornographic or even actually "sluttish."

    Comment by Roger — October 18, 2009 @ 3:30 am

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