Billy Ray Cyrus has publicly apologized for failing to buckle up in a scene with
Miley Cyrus from her concert movie.
On Monday, he and Miley got their hands slapped by Consumer Reports, which noted in a blog posting that they weren't wearing seatbelts in one of the scenes from Miley's recent 3-D flick Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert and were therefore setting a bad example for young people. In the scene, neither she nor her dad were wearing seatbelts in the back of a Range Rover.
In his apology, Billy Ray told People, "We got caught up in the moment of filming, and we made a mistake and forgot to buckle our seatbelts." He added, "Seatbelt safety is extremely important."
CR had openly criticized the father-daughter duo and the studio, saying, "Miley, her father and Disney had a perfect opportunity to help influence teens and counteract - rather than encourage - this trend."
Miley's film, which opened Feb. 1 for a limited release, broke sales records on Fandango, and sold out at screens across the country. Given that so many teens and tweens saw the flick, what's your take on the mag's hand-slapping? Is the seatbelt-free scene a bad influence? Or a barely noticed drive-by? Should Billy Ray have apologized? - Anna Dimond
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