Blogger Perez Hilton is facing widespread outrage, and possibly legal trouble, for posting an apparently explicit paparazzi shot of Miley Cyrus taken when the pop star was climbing out of a car.
Hilton, 32, posted the offending photo on Monday. He has since removed it. But since it exposed Cyrus, 17 – a minor – he could potentially face child-pornography charges.
Reaction to his posting of the image – which PEOPLE will not reproduce, even in a censored form – has been swift and damning, with Tuesday's morning talk shows full of anger and recrimination at Hilton.
Cyrus, herself, blasted the release of the photo: "That's some idiot being an idiot," she told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show. "Isn't it funny that things like that, that are so negative have to come out right before my record?"
Cyrus added: "It's like no one can let positive things happen. All I do is focus on the positive and I hope this record does well."