Abigail Breslin Poses Topless, Isn’t 17 Too Young?

Abigail Breslin, who you may remember from when she was the six-year-old star of Signs, is causing some controversy these days. Well, a lot has changed in the 11 years that have passed since then, and Abigail decided to do a provocative topless photo shoot under the watchful eye of Tyler Shields, the director of Final Girl.

One of the photographs shows Abigail topless and wrapped in a sheet. She also looks the part as she sports thick black eye make-up and is sucking on a red lollipop. In another steamy image Abigail Breslin is in a bubble bath, but not fully submerged.

Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, a Harvard sociologist, spoke to Fox411 about her feelings on the matter: “It is concerning that she is only 17. We now live in a world where girls are sexualized at younger and younger ages. It is sadly expected that today’s female child stars will do something like this to show their maturity and womanhood,” she said.

Of course, Tyler Shields disagrees with Friedman completely alleging that to his mind the images are considered art and are not distasteful: “Art is about interpretation so I’m sure there are people who think this is to much but she’s an actress if this was for a movie those people would praise her for being bold,” he said.

The controversial approach to photography is nothing new to Shields. Remember the famous shoot he did with Lindsay Lohan where she was pictured with swords and guns full of blood? And what about Ashley Green who he photographed tied to train tracks?

It seems that, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on the way you look at it, Abigail Breslin isn’t the only young star to get her clothes off for a photo shoot. Last week Kendall Jenner celebrated her 18th birthday with a topless photo shoot of her own.

It seems that the whole matter is causing some controversy, as is noted by Dr, Nancy Irwin, a therapist from L.A.:

“(This is) sexualizing a minor. There are registered sex offenders whose child pornography stash is less provocative than these images. While Abigail is exposing less than what a typical bikini model bares, her youth is being expolited exploiting with the lollipop accent. The public is being seduced by an under-aged girl.This tells young girls that it is okay; that this is what men want and that this is what a female’s worth is based on,” said Irwin.

What do you think of the raunchy Abigail Breslin photos? Do you think that 17 is simply too young for celebrities to be taking their clothes off for the cameras? Or are you all for it? Let us hear your comments in the feed below.