Following the release of photographs of Miley Cyrus munching on a manhood-shaped cake this week, the starlet is under fire from conservative groups.  One of them in particular, the Culture and Media Institute, ripped into the 'Party in the U.S.A.' singer, saying she sells "sleaze" -- but that it may not be entirely her fault.

The Culture and Media Institute's spokesman, Dan Gainor, told Radar Online, "Miley Cyrus, who made her career as the family friendly 'Hannah Montana,' has grown into the latest example of how Hollywood warps young actresses into selling sleaze." Unless Cyrus was receiving royalties from the bakery, we don't think she was necessarily selling anything with those particular photos -- just goofing around with her pals.

"She is following a parade of former Disney stars -- such as Britney SpearsChristina Aguilera, and Lindsay Lohan -- that the entertainment industry has manipulated into role models promoting sex to their young fans," Gainor continued. "The actresses know that the more sexualized they act, the more Hollywood will reward them. And no one, not the industry and not the pop-tarts themselves, cares that they are pushing sex to an underage audience."

In fairness to Cyrus and the other aforementioned starlets, Disney has never condoned their sexualized behavior, but often allegedly suppresses it to maintain a squeaky clean image for the brand. When the young ladies spend their entire adolescence in front of cameras and under the media microscope, seemingly normal things look like huge scandals. It can also be argued that their behavior is actually a form of rebellion against the flawless images they're forced to present and the pressures that result from them. It has to be frustrating to have to appeal to tweens when you're coming to terms with your own adulthood.

We doubt Cyrus was the first 19-year-old to imbibe underage and act foolishly as a result. Let's cut the girl a break. After all, she's just bein' Miley.