Okay — for the third time in the past 6 or 7 months, slightly racy photos of teen pop star Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) have surfaced. The first time, she was photographed in supposedly suggestive situations with a girlfriend (actually, they were eating the same piece of candy from different ends, something church youth groups do all the time). The next time, she had posed provocatively in her underwear for the camera. Okay, that was maybe not the best choice, but still, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
This time, she’s shown with a boy, for the most part just acting goofy and cuddly. However, in one picture she is draped across his lap showing her midriff, and in another she’s lowering the edge of her tank top to show just a bit of lacy green bra and some cleavage. According to the LA Times, the boy is “the son of two of the songwriters on her album,” and other sources say that he is, in fact, her current boyfriend.
I don’t find any of the pictures particularly disturbing. She’s a teenage girl, with all of the good judgment of a teenager. What I do wonder is who is leaking the pictures? Either Miley’s got someone (or more than one someone) close to her who can’t be trusted, or she’s complicit in this and wants the pictures out there. Which is it? Either way, it’s odd that this has happened three times now.