Meghan McCain Twitter Photo Sparks Controversy
By Andrew LaVallee
Meghan McCain, a Daily Beast columnist and daughter of Sen. John McCain, apologized late Wednesday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter that stirred up some criticism and plenty of retweets.
A photo of Meghan McCain got plenty of attention online after she linked to it from her Twitter account Wednesday night. The photo shows Ms. McCain in a tanktop, holding a copy of Andy Warhol’s biography, and her accompanying tweet referred to her “’spontaneous’ night in.”
She began posting follow-up messages defending the picture. “So I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing but apparently anything other than a pantsuit I am a slut,” she wrote, followed by “what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment” and “when I am alone in my apartment, I wear tank tops and sweat pants, I had no idea this makes me a “slut”, I can’t even tell you how hurt I am.”
Later, she added, “I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic, I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended.”
Ms. McCain’s photo did trigger some criticism. “If @mccainblogette is the future of the GOP, we’re gonna have to get much more serious about real issues like glitter, fabric, and unicorns,” tweeted Danny Coles, a self-described “enlightened, charming, and disarming twenty-something conservative” in Washington, D.C. “Come on, you were taking a picture with your cleav as the centerpiece — on purpose. I don’t care, but let’s be honest.”
But those comments were outnumbered by the positive response. “Don’t listen to those peeps, some r just hateful,” wrote Amanda Shannon. “This is rediculous America! Just because someone posts a picture doesn’t make them a slut. Get your heads out of the gutter,” added John Adams. “For the record, @McCainBlogette’s twitpic is probably my favorite Twitpic ever,” wrote Derek Huff.
It turns out Ms. McCain’s appeal may cross the political divide. “I may be a super hardcore Dem, but I really find @McCainBlogette to be pretty awesome,” tweeted Melanie Aranda.