Why Can Zac Efron Get Away with What Miley Cyrus Cannot?

"High School Musical" star gets sexual in his new trailer

Focus Features unveiled on Tuesday the red band trailer for its raunchy comedy “That Awkward Moment,” starring Zac Efron. The blogosphere chuckled and drooled over Efron as he exposed his bum on a toilet and engaging in other sexual hijinks.

But there was no outrage on par to what Miley Cyrus experienced after her equally raunchy MTV Video Music Awards performance in August, where she waved a foam finger provocatively. “Morning Joe’s” Mika Brzezinksi and “The View’s” Jenny McCarthy both slut-shamed Cyrus, but Efron, who wears a limp prosthetic penis in the trailer, largely got a pass in the media.

Nobody even uttered as much as, “What will the children think?” The NY Daily News cooed, “Oh, hello Zac Efron.”

Efron and Cyrus both got their starts in the Disney universe back in 2006 — Efron in “High School Musical” and Cyrus on “Hannah Montana” — but their fans aren’t kids anymore. There’s still a double standard when it comes to sexuality in Hollywood: men can get away with whatever they want, and women are called whores when they try to do the same.

Cyrus (who is 20) and Efron (25) are both young adults, who are still experimenting with their brands. Let’s keep that in mind the next time Cyrus does something outrageous with a foam finger.

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