What's the big deal? That's what blogger Meghan McCain wants to know. Ever since the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain posted a provocative photo of herself on her Twitter account Wednesday, the image — in which McCain appears in a black tank top that shows off her ample bosom as she holds a book about pop-art icon Andy Warhol — has created a stir online.
The picture, which has since been deleted from her Twitpic account after getting more than 120,000 views, was uploaded Wednesday afternoon with a message that said, "My 'spontaneous' night in." All seemed fine and good, but then just an hour later, a seemingly agitated McCain tweeted again, ranting, "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, this is ... why I have been considering deleting my Twitter account, what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment."
The outspoken McCain's "Miley moment" — which came less than a week after the pop singer deleted her Twitter account with a flourish — unleashed a barrage of reflective tweets over the next few hours. "I am going to take some more time to think about it but seriously I was just trying to be funny with the book and that I'm a dork staying in. ... 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."
After seemingly growing tired of the reaction she got for the photo, McCain, 24, said she was signing off, promised not to delete her account until she slept on the matter and thanked some followers for their kind words. "I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic," she said before signing off. "I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended."