A quick recap: On Wednesday night, McCain posted the photo saying she was having a "'spontaneous' night in" with "my Andy Warhol biography and takeout."
The photo quickly spread around the Web, with supporters and detractors weighing in on the snapshot. It generated so much buzz, in fact, that it reached the top of Google Trends for a time both yesterday and today (with "balloon boy" taking up the time in between).
Late Thursday night, McCain herself responded to the interest and the uproar with a post on the Daily Beast, where she is a regular columnist, entitled: "Don't Call Me a Slut."
In the column, McCain said she spent the whole day thinking about the "immediate and nasty overreaction" that erupted over the photo.
"Could it be it's because I have breasts? Because for those of you who didn't know, I have two. They're larger than some women's and not as big as others. I don't usually show off my cleavage—as I did in the photos I posted—which I will admit is not the smartest thing I have ever done. But it's just not worth the drama it caused.McCain compared the comments about her with those made when topless pictures came out of two male representatives in Congress, saying the "double standard is infuriating."
To be honest, I don't feel that I have anything to feel ashamed of. I've always embraced my curves and will continue to do so. I'd rather be the size I am than a skinny model fired for being too fat. And once again, a day after writing about my weight, it's the media that have a problem with my body."
And she talked about lessons she learned from the uproar, noting for all her fans that she won't be giving up her Twitter account, as she threatened to do when the controversy broke.
"At the end of the day, I am a work in progress," she said. "I am not perfect and have never given anyone the assumption that I am. I turn 25 next week and I am still adjusting to the glare of the spotlight and making mistakes."
McCain concludes her column with a nice pun and cliche: "I just wanted to get that off my chest."