Earlier this week, a photo of Miley Cyrus and her friends making “slant eyes” came out and an Asian-American organization (OCA) claimed that the photo and the gesture was extremely racist. Many of the commenters disagreed, claiming that people were being overly politically correct, that Miley shouldn’t even apologize. I thought that Miley should apologize and just leave it at that.
Now we’ve got an answer from Miley. She apologizes in a round-about way, basically saying some version of “I’m sorry YOU over-reacted.” Miley wrote on her blog “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….In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity!”
It would have been better if she just said “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean anything mean, racist or derogatory. If it was taken that way, I apologize.” Instead Miley goes off in her usual self-absorbed, bratty teenage way. She even brings Britney Spears into it. People Magazine has more details.
The Disney star found herself in hot water this week after a photo of her pulling the corners of her eyes with a group of individuals squinting surfaced.
The OCA, an organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the U.S., slammed Cyrus for the photo, saying, it “is offensive to the Asian Pacific American community and sets a terrible example for her many young fans.”
But while some say she was mocking Asians with the pose, 16-year-old Cyrus denies any offense.
“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 website. “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity!”
Last year Cyrus blamed controversial photos that appeared in Vanity Fair – which included a pose where the young singer looked topless – on her youth. But this time Cyrus believes the media is looking for a new target.
“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!”
Still, Cyrus reminds fans that she doesn’t want to let them down and has handled her past blunders accordingly.
“In NO WAY do I want to disappoint any of you!” she says. “But, when I have made mistakes in the past, I feel like I’ve owned up to them and apologized.”
Miley may have a point about Britney Spears, but she may not. Britney was at the top of her game when she began to find the 24-hour coverage overwhelming, and Brit began a multi-year process of self-destructing. In Britney’s case, there’s plenty of blame to go around – to her parents, to K-Fed, to the media, to her management team, and mainly to Britney herself. And by the by, even on Britney’s worst day as a teenager, she was never as bratty as Miley.
Miley’s eventual downward spiral is still years away, in my opinion. She’s still young, and she will continue to make mistakes both large and small. But one of the biggest mistakes her parents, her management team and the media make with Miley is allowing her to think she’s the center of the universe. Once Miley comes to the realization that she’s just one famous girl among many, maybe she’ll start acting with a bit more humility and grace.