Montana or Molehill?

By baring some flesh, Miley Cyrus exposes a cultural gap

"I think it's really artsy. It wasn't in a skanky way." Thus did America's big sister, Miley Cyrus, describe a Vanity Fair photo by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz of herself, tousled and clutching a blanket to her torso. Many parents of fans of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, on the other hand, saw not an homage to classical portraiture but a topless 15-year-old. Um, no, they demurred. That was totally in a skanky way.

Cyrus later apologized for the "embarrassing" pic, but calling it "artsy" may have been a greater cultural misstep than the photo shoot itself (which she did with the...

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