Tuesday, April 29, 2008

When Annie Says Jump

You don't spit into the wind, you don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't pull the mask off the ole Lone Ranger, and you don't ask Annie Leibovitz if she has got your best side. Annie Leibovitz is probably the best known photographer of this day and age. She has taken some of the most breath taking pictures ever. The campaign she did for Disney was sheer genius. She takes pretty celebrities and makes them more beautiful and women like the Queen of England and presents them in a way befitting their title. Given the opportunity to have my picture made by anyone in the world, from any era, Annie Leibovitz would have probably been at the top of my list. And, if that once in a lifetime chance came along, I doubt I would be asking too many questions. I think I'd be afraid to.
Now, imagine that you have been given that chance and you are 15 years old. At what point do you stop this living legend and say, "I'm not sure I comfortable with this." Would it even cross your mind that the pictures being made were not in your best interest? Would you think for even a second that maybe she was taking pictures that made you look like you were doing something wrong? I am betting that she is extended a certain amount of leeway when conducting a photo shoot. She is probably given the benefit of the doubt.
Now, it would seem, Annie Leibovitz has taken advantage of that, and in doing so, taken advantage of Miley Cyrus. Whether Miley or her parents are innocent in all of this is irrelevant. The fact still remains that Ms. Leibovitz should not have taken them in the first place. She has embarrassed a young girl and herself in the process. I hope people stop pointing at Miley long enough to think about who is really in the wrong here, and in my opinion, that is Vanity Fair and Annie Leibovitz.

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