Last night, Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain who’s made something of a name for herself (whether it’s for good or ill depends on who you ask) sent out a Twitter message that would’ve probably been the story of the day if it weren’t for Balloon Boy:
Meghan McCain, blogger and daughter of former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, threatened to quit Twitter this week and then apologized to her nearly 60,000 followers on the social media site after posting a racy picture of herself in a tank top Wednesday night.
Describing it as a snapshot of her “spontaneous” night in, the photo showed a scantily covered McCain holding an Andy Warhol biography in her hand.
Apparently responding to criticism, McCain quickly followed up her picture with a longer explanation.
“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,” she wrote, later adding “I can’t even tell you how hurt I am.”
Soon after, she considered closing her Twitter account altogether.
“Why I have been considering deleting my twitter account, what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment,” she wrote. Later, she escalated her threat.
“Ok I am getting the f*** off twitter, promise not to delete my account until I sleep on it, thank you for the nice words supporters,” McCain tweeted.
Finally, she apologized to her followers — “I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended” — but not without one last plug for her new column that launched today.
The picture itself has since been deleted from McCain’s Twitter stream but, as with everything else on the Internet, it never disappeared, as you can tell from above.
The trolls that the picture brought out on Twitter, not to mention the bloggers using the opportunity to unload vicious and mean attacks, aren’t all that surprising to be honest. The photos is, after all, a little provocative, though there’s certainly nothing wrong with it and, to be honest there are some on the right, such as the blogger linked above, who simply hate Meghan McCain because who her father is.
Personally, I follow Meghan’s Twitter feed because it’s entertaining and, when it involves tweaking the nose of someone like Michelle Malkin, pretty damn funny. And if she wants to post a picture every now and then, who the hell are any of those people to complain ?
In one of her last messages tonight about the incident McCain says she’ll have a column up tomorrow about the whole incident. That should be a fun read.