Professor Erik Palmer
26 November 2012
Writing Assignment 5 - Visual Interpretation & Ethics
For this writing assignment, I chose to read and analyze the article “Why It’s Annie Leibovitz’s Fault.” This article discussed a controversial photograph taken by the photographer Annie Leibovitz of the 15 year old Miley Cyrus in a sexual, risqué pose. I agree with the author of this article. The photographer has taken thousands of famous photographs, and has been published in magazines, and she should know better. Even though the majority of our media contains sexual representations and explicit images, the photographer should not exploit teenagers.
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When they see a popular teen celebrity in nothing but a sheet, they think its okay to post similar images of themselves on social media websites, such as Facebook, Myspace, etc. This issue brings us to what parents are thinking.
In this article, it tells us Cyrus’ parents thought the photograph was a symbol of her natural beauty, and agreed it should be published. I think they should be the first ones to disagree with the publishing of the photograph. They are aware that millions are criticizing their young daughter, they also know she is looked up to by young teens, and should recognize that their 15-year-old daughter should not be thought of in such a sexual manner.
The stakeholders of the photograph were only thinking of financial success. When Cyrus was asked to pose for the photo, they knew it was inappropriate for a teenager to be published in nothing but a sheet. They also knew it would bring them good publicity. When they decided to publish the photo, they did not weigh the risks for Cyrus, or society. They knew it was good for them, and that’s why they did it.
The whole issue surrounding this image is it’s underlying message. Society sees a young risqué teenager. While the parents see a beautiful portrait of their daughter. I think this would be a beautiful portrait of Cyrus if the family only saw it. But the fact that it was published in a magazine lets the viewers know that it is a sexual image of a 15-year-old girl that is looked up to by millions of other little girls.
Again, I agree with the writer of this article. The photograph of Cyrus is sexually inappropriate, especially if millions saw it in a magazine. Our society is getting increasingly sexual in all media avenues. When sexuality is seen in minors, you know our society has gone too far.