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Those Miley Cyrus Photos: The Upcoming Damage Control Operation

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 28, 2008

How likely is it that Miley will be on the cover of the next OK! or People mag, telling “her side of the story”? With a coverline that advertises something along the lines of “How Miley Is Coping”?

I think I’ll peg that as “pretty damn likely.”

(The photos touching off all this “controversy” frankly creep me out too much to link to, but for what it’s worth there was one of her and her Dad that struck me as possibly grosser than the now-notorious one.)

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April 28, 2008 5:50 PM


A. Lipton

April 29, 2008 1:19 PM

A long time ago racy kid photo's of Brooks Shields were circulating and I worked at a struggling photo mag whose editor bought the rights to publish. The project was canned when the mag's upper management took a look at them. The photo's would have been a desperately needed publicity lift. Times have definitely changed.


April 29, 2008 2:29 PM

Jon, I'm with you. That photo of Bill Ray and Miley is just awful. Why in the world would a photographer shoot that, and how is it that Miley and her Billy Ray didn't feel the least bit uncomfortable being put in that position? Tasteless on both counts.


April 29, 2008 3:37 PM

As the father of a Hannah Montana fan, I have to say the photo of daddy and daughter is more than a bit creepy.
But hey, the whole family was there along with an army of PR folks and reps.
This was not some accidental shoot or something accomplished without the full knowledge and contemplation of all of those involved. It would be hard to imagine a marketing team more protective of their brand.
and so how did no one stop this looming disaster?
And just looking at this from a PR standpoint, it sure does show the 'speed of light' communication world we live in now.

Think about it, the mag isn't even out yet, the shoot just completed and we've already gone through all the crisis stages in nanoseconds. They went from proud to panicked to apologetic in about a minute.

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