Okay, so you know how Perez Hilton got himself into a world of legal trouble just last week by posting what turned out to be a totally obviously photoshopped picture of young superstar Miley Cyrus' exposed nethers? And you know how the internet has been ablaze with outrage at him?
And you know how Miley Cyrus has been doing her level best to flash her nethers by wearing the skimpiest, most revealing outfits humanly possible? And you know how she performed at the Much Music Video Awards on Sunday night June 20, 2010 wearing a teeny weeny white lingerie thingy?
Well, it turns out that in the midst of her performance, that white thingy decided to slide away from its appointed spot just enough to expose her underage vagina to the world. And guess what? Did the scumbag Perez Hilton post the un-bleeped picture? Nope. BUT that bastion of respectable news Reuters - yes, you heard that right, REUTERS - is currently peddling the picture. According to Fox News:
A Reuters representative speaking on background admitted that the photo had caused concern in the photo department because of Miley's age, but that was weighed against the fact that it occurred on stage in front of hundreds of people and other cameras, as well as the fact that the teen sensation is transitioning away from "Hannah Montana" and into a more grown-up performer.
The Reuters rep also said that the photo was “sent only to print clients and was kept from transmission to online clients and culturally sensitive areas.” But FOXNews.com, an online client, was able to purchase and download the photo, and saw no usage restrictions at all on the photo.
“The picture was not Photoshopped,” the representative added.
It also doesn't come close to meeting the definition of child porn, one expert said.
“The picture is not prosecutable,” former Los Angeles sex crimes prosecutor Robin Sax said. “It is a question of intent, and here the picture is taken on stage, in public, and its purpose is not child pornography. It was not intended to promote pornography.”
You know, when a hugely powerful and influential news organization can find a way to rationalize making oodles of cash off of a picture of an underage girl accidentally flashing her privates... the world is just completely f**ked. Period.