Following Charlotte Church's John Peel lecture, pointing out the way women are mostly treated by much of the music industry, there's been an attempt at pulling together a backlash based on her having done stage shows in latex and been part of the Rear Of The Year contest.
(That this is precisely Church's point, that young women are encouraged to do this sort of thing by the people who are paid to advise them, seems to have floated over some heads.)
So Church finds herself having to defend herself for things she did when she was 16, an age when most of us are still trying to figure out how to get access to cheap cider:
. However, Church now acknowledges her comments betray her "double standards" as she posed for Britain's Rear of the Year contest in 2002, but she still blames her advisers for not telling her to pull out of the competition.It's interesting that this gloss, from WENN, decides to focus on Charlotte's reference to double standards rather than the more crucial bit about grown men telling a sixteen year old to stick her arse out for the cameras.
Church tells British newspaper The Times, "It was sort of double standards in a certain way, because I did Rear of the Year when I was 16, which was a ridiculous choice, a stupid thing to do but, you know, there was a whole host of people that I was working with who should have said, 'Woah, woah, woah. You shouldn't do this. This is bad. You're 16, for f**k's sake.'"