Ashley Greene and Vanessa Hudgens have both had naked picture scandals burn up the internet in the past two weeks while Miley Cyrus’ pole dancing at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards Sunday evening (aired by Fox on Monday evening) has raised eyebrows about the young pop star and where she may be headed. Ashley Greene and Vanessa Hudgens have also threatened legal action against posters and/or websites that might dare traffic in those same aforementioned naked pictures. The naked pictures of both Ashley Greene and Vanessa Hudgens may have been taken when they were underage and, therefore, would be illegal images for anyone to publish. But the two young women are just the latest in a long line of starlets and celebrities who have had naked pictures leaked to the internet. Miley Cyrus seems to be just another scandal waiting to happen herself — and she is underage. And so the question arises: Is Miley Cyrus next?
Leading up to the Ashley Greene and Vanessa Hudgens scandal pictures being posted, ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews found herself in a naked picture / peephole video scandal. Erin Andrews also threatened litigation, but, unlike Ashley Greene and Vanessa Hudgens, who both took the naked pictures of themselves and, therefore, control the publication rights of those images, Erin Andrews could only threaten litigation against the perpetrator (or perpetrators) who took the video footage and against websites who published the pictures (but only if the websites themselves published them; posters to websites could be held legally liable but websites posted to from an outside source cannot be held legally liable).
Then there was the Leighton Meister sex tape (which the star denies). And then there were the naked pictures purported to be of Rihanna (possible but inconclusive). And “Cheetah Girl” Adrienne Bailon (acknowledged and apologetic). And many, many more.
But who seems to be next in line? Although it is virtually impossible to predict who among the many thousands of actresses (naked pictures of male actors do not seem to cause as much of a sensation) that might become the target of the next naked picture (or video) scandal, there is definitely one candidate that stands out from the rest in seeming to not only call attention to herself at every opportunity but also flirts with risqué images, various states of disrobe, and near nudity — Miley Cyrus. She may not be next, but Miley Cyrus certainly seems to headed in the direction of a full-blown scandal involving nakedness.
Just a year and a half away from her eighteenth birthday, Miley Cyrus is at present embroiled in a scandal after her pole dancing performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. The internet has been abuzz with her suggestive moves atop an ice cream cart equipped with a stripper’s pole.
A 16-year-old pole dancing? Sad, but true…
But that isn’t naked. Miley Cyrus did not strip. In fact, she put on a hat. She delivered poor pole dancing routine (wouldn’t it have been far more scandalous if she had performed a really “good” pole dancing routine?). But she took nothing off. That would have truly caused a scandal. To date, as far as the public is concerned, Miley Cyrus has yet to get naked in front of a camera.
But she has posed in several shots in her underwear. Provocative pictures of the young “Hannah Montana” star taking a shower have been pasted and posted to the internet as well. Near naked breasts have cropped up. And a picture of her naked back became the focus of a controversy last year when she posed for Vanity Fair with only a sheet pulled up as cover. In fact, pictures of Miley Cyrus in some form of near naked teaser hits the internet with regularity.
And then there is the pole dancing…
Miley Cyrus may not be the focus of the next naked picture scandal but she certainly seems to be a scandal-in-waiting. In the meantime, the Ashley Greene scandal, the second Vanessa Hudgens scandal (she was involved in a naked picture scandal back in 2007 as well), and the Erin Andrews peephole video scandal will have to suffice for web surfers until the next naked picture scandal hit’s the internet.
“2009 Teen Choice Awards,” Fox Television