Taylor Lautner: Underage & Overexposed?

From Yahoo! Movie Talk: Taylor Lautner's Shirtless Pics: A Hollywood Double Standard?
Remember the huge uproar in April 2008, when 15-year-old Miley Cyrus appeared in "Vanity Fair" wrapped in a sheet, with her right shoulder and the top of her back visible, implying that, under the sheet, she wasn't wearing a shirt? That week, the cover of the New York Post read "Miley's Shame," the Christian Coalition called for the Hannah Montana star's employer, Disney, to reprimand the teenager, and finally Miley was forced to apologize in a statement to People Magazine, saying: "I never intended for any of this to happen, and I am truly sorry if I have disappointed anyone." The pandemonium was so huge that critics ranging from the ladies of "The View", to Bill O'Reilly, to Miley's fellow Disney star Joe Jonas all expressed their disapproval over what they saw as the sexualization of a child to sell magazines.

Now, with the premiere of his movie, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," less than a month away, magazines, websites, and TV are blanketed with images of 17-year-old star Taylor Lautner, shirtless and showing off the body he trained for months to perfect for the role. And yet, none of the cultural critics who turned Miley's photos into a full-blown "scandal" have said a word about the sexualization of Taylor, who, at 17, is just two years older than Miley was during her "scandal" and is also a minor. So, does Hollywood have a double standard?

Actress Kristin Davis, who worked with Taylor in 2005 in "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl 3-D," has so far been the only major voice to raise questions about the photos. But even her remarks from last week seemed more about her own working relationship with a much-younger Lautner: "I feel protective, like what is he doing without his shirt on?" she said. "And then I hear he's dating people, and I'm like, 'Ahh!'"

Interestingly, the biggest critic of these pervasive images seems to be Taylor himself, who said this week he hopes never to take his shirt off in a movie again, saying, "It's so uncomfortable knowing that so many people are seeing pictures of me shirtless... It's weird. It's kind of embarrassing."

What do you think? Does Hollywood have a double standard for its shirtless teenage stars?


My impression: I DEFINITELY think that all the stuff about the New Moon shirtless wolfpack poster being homoerotic is silly and ridiulous. And I think that all the stuff about Miley Cyrus was a bit overboard, but we haven't heard much ado about Taylor being shirtless have we. He may have a hot body, but he IS only 17. And other Twifans have talked about him being barely legal and begging the question of inappropriateness. Everytime I see Taylor Lautner I remember the secretary from Midnight Sun when she sees Edward in the school office. It makes me think - he's 17, he's 17 a.k.a. NOT legal. And regardless of what I think, it's all about how Taylor feels in the end. If he is comfortable, I think it's okay to a point. I just hope people, reports, etc. don't keep pressuring him to show them his abs.

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Comment by J.E.B. (Jacob Edward Black) on October 28, 2009 at 9:12pm
you have a great point there the double standard he can she can't or should either one of them underage be envolved in this kind of exposure......we all have been swiming and saw boys a lot younger then that in a bathing suit and nobody complains so that has been around for a long time....Europe beaches are full of topless people of all ages they don't look at this the same as we do......some times I wonder if there is a right answer in this world every body looks at things so differently........great post.......
Comment by luvr4ec on October 28, 2009 at 10:09pm
I read this before and i agree but the thing is that girls don't go around shirtless(except in Europe like JEB said). Were all kind of used to seeing guys shirtless so it doesn't seem so horrible to us. But in some countries thats considered scandalous. I think what people say is all basicly built on the culture theyre in. But i completely agree, it's all up tp Taylor. After all, it is HIS body!
Comment by Bella Marie on October 29, 2009 at 12:48am
i find a shirtless tyler isn't badly. at the beach i ever see shirtless boys and realy generously girls.... and thats ok.
if you in your body probably-feel. and this hot body shouldn't hide :)
sorry for my terrible english, i'm from germany, so i am from europe xD xD i hope you understand a liitel what i want say :)
Comment by POTO on October 29, 2009 at 4:54am
I think, too, that there is a BIG difference between 15 years and 17 - nearly 18.

I don't think Taylor started feeling that uncomfortable until everyone started making such a big fuss about it. Anyone would start feeling a little embarrassed once that became the only topic of conversation...except maybe a pron star!

He may be a minor but we all need to remember that he is still a free will and could have said no to those photo shoots. I think they have all been very tastefully done and we all need to move on.
Comment by GBY4EVR on October 29, 2009 at 5:24am
If the thing is like that, we can forget Booboo. He is only 15, I think, so he (as a wolf pack) is going to be shirtless. And I saw pic of him shirtless. So what are they going to do with Booboo? So I believe that it is double standard. This is also bcz we are used to see boys males shirtless, like JEB and luvr4ec said. We are more protective to our girls than to our boys.
Comment by Amanda on October 29, 2009 at 10:13am
First of all everyone dont go around shirtless here in Europe! Just wanted to clear that one out.

Males can go around without their shirt without anything being wrong and that's okay.
No one is forcing Taylor to do this when he always was replaced he fight to be in the movie knowing that he would run around shirtless and he always brag about his body let him show it off and I dont have problem with that (no problem at all...)
Comment by Tay's fan =D on October 29, 2009 at 10:56am
I'll say just 1 thing...boys don't have boobs and don't need to wear a bra...
It's not a big deal for a guy to be shirtless...
Comment by Xcaret Cullen on October 29, 2009 at 3:10pm
I believe that these statements are ridiculous Taylor lacks little to age 18. Miley came out naked and covered with a sheet in the pictures and Taylor goes shirtless but with pants.

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