Miley Cyrus vs Asians: I’m Not Racist, I Won’t Apologize. Remember that infamous photo of Miley Cyrus slanting her eyes? We have uploaded it here for those of you who are looking for it. In response to the hubbub which followed, Miley wrote about the matter on her website.
She goes: “I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context!” Cyrus says on her official Web site. “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity!”
Miley adds: “I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL!’ ” Cyrus writes. “I feel like now that Britney [Spears] is back on top of her game again, they need someone to pick on! Lucky me!”
We truly can’t believe this response from Miley’s camp. So now she is the victim? My God. So what is the context by which we are to interpret her act of slanting her eyes that people found offensive? That she was just goofing around? Isn’t that the excuse of all people who slant their eyes who offend Asians? That they were just goofing around. That they meant no harm. That they did not intend to make fun of anyone. And so people should not be offended.
Dear Miley, what matters is not your intent. Just because you were goofing around doesn’t mean that you can’t be offensive. Whether or not you intended to offend anyone, the fact of the matter is that you DID offend people by your slanty eyes. So don’t give us that crap about your intent. Rather, you should look at the unintended effects of your silly actions which is, that people were offended whether you meant to offend them or not.
We are on the side of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) on this one. We are publishing the group’s statement below.
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Statement
The photograph of Miley Cyrus and other individuals slanting their eyes currently circulating the Internet is offensive to the Asian Pacific American community and sets a terrible example for her many young fans. This image falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent.
Not only has Miley Cyrus and the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimized the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American fans,” said George Wu, executive director of OCA. The inclusion of an Asian Pacific American individual in the photo does not make it acceptable.
OCA hopes that Miley Cyrus will apologize to her fans and the APA community for this lapse in judgment and takes the opportunity to better understand why the gesture is offensive.
END OF STATEMENT
However, instead of taking the opportunity to better understand why her act is offensive (again, whether or not she intended to offend is beside the point), Miley plays the “you’re taking it out of context” card and the “I’m a media victim” card. That’s pathetic
Miley Cyrus vs Asians: She Says Sorry
10 Feb 2009
Earlier, we bashed Miley Cyrus for her refusal to apologize for her offensive slanty-eyed gesture. This time, we give her props for finally saying the S word.
Miley says: “I want to thank all of my fans for their support not only this week, but always! I really wanted to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone. I have learned a valuable lesson from this and know that sometimes my actions can be unintentionally hurtful. I know everything is a part of GOD’s ultimate plan, and mistakes happen so that eventually I will become the woman he aspires me to be. Peace and love.”
This is a much, much better than her earlier non-apology apology.
Miley Cyrus vs Asians: I’m Not Racist, I Won’t Apologize. Posted 5 February 2009.