Arment Dietrich

Micky is Not Happy (but he is one rich rodent)

By: Arment Dietrich | May 2, 2008 | 

Blog entry written by Cory Sealey

I’m sorry but I really don’t see the big hubbub being made over the recent Annie Leibovitz pictures of tween star Miley Cyrus. It’s Disney at its finest! Half of America is up in arms claiming the shots are straight up pornography while the other half, myself included, are wondering what the hell is going on.

Disney representative, Patti McTeague, faulted Vanity Fair for the photo. “Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,” she said. Is it just me or does America and Disney have a really messed up “do as I say and not how I do” attitude when it comes to nudity, especially with underage girls? Miley, who has a popular show “Hannah Montana” on the Disney channel has yet to comment on this “Scandal”, but let me remind you

Disney sells bikinis for girls

Oh and panties too, (available exclusively in Asia)

Disney really should not crap where it eats it meals in my opinion. They know their overwhelmingly wallet friendly demographic is girls (and their parents) who are closely following this “ordeal”. How is Disney going to explain itself this summer when it’s time to sell those tasteful bikinis to your 10 year old?

What if we saw the snaps at face value; the marketing of a teenager, with all of her “naughty bits” well covered, trying to assert her independence from her on screen persona?

Won't somebody please think of the children?!

People, and I am speaking mostly to the Helen Lovejoy’s of the world need to stop reading so far into these types of things. The giant stink you are causing only makes more tweens and kids want to find these pictures. In the age of Google, it won’t be long until your children see the infamous pictures. Then it is your turn to spin how you don’t like what Disney stars do, but you will still buy them that Princess Jasmine costume, complete with exposed midriff and greasepaint makeup.

Aren’t’ we giving more of a reason for Disney to spin these pictures as horrible and tasteless to appease its customers? Does anyone else feel they are just going through a well calculate set of motions to deny, spin, and then make amends to their public? It’s a very disturbing pattern of “who me” Lolita-ism in which Disney is an expert. The mouse should at least own up to their actions. I mean they only gave the world Britney Spears, and look how great that turned out!

Tom Keefe
Tom Keefe


Like most matters of morals, sexuality and personal freedom, large numbers of people are going to disagree.

I appreciate the examples you've shown, and they could make us think, "What's the big deal?"

To me, the big deal is: 1) A 15-year-old young lady has been sexualized for profit. 2) The focus of Walt Disney and her handlers is to focus on limiting the damage to their "product"--not to the human being, Miley Cyrus.

People shouldn't be put on pedestals; they tend to get hurt when they fall off. http://www.commakazispeek.com/blog/2008/04/29/we-tend-to-fall-off-of-pedestals-and-soap-boxes/