Miley Cyrus finally, really apologizes for ‘racist’ photo scandal

First came the photo of Miley Cyrus, with her friends, making “slant eyes” for the camera. Then the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) accused Miley of anti-Asian racism. After that Miley gave a total non-apology about how she was just making “goofy faces” and how people were just trying to rip her down like they did to Britney Spears. The words “I’m sorry for those I offended” appeared nowhere.

After that, the OCA issued another statement, calling Miley out on pretty much everything. The OCA demanded a real apology, and now it looks like they got it. Miley posted an apology on her fansite and she actually used the words “sorry” and “offended”. Finally! OK! Magazine has more:

The controversy surrounding a photo featuring Miley Cyrus and a group of friends slanting their eyes and seemingly mocking Asian people just won’t die.

On Monday, the 16-year-old Hannah Montana star released another apology for her actions in the leaked photo, after the Organization of Chinese Americans and several others reportedly didn’t buy her first attempt at ‘I’m sorry.’

On her official fansite, Miley wrote the following message today:

“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 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, Miles.”

Now that sounds like an apology! You know–when the two words ‘I’m’ and ‘Sorry’ are used….

From OK! Magazine

I actually corrected Miley’s spelling – she misspelled “ultimate” and “woman”, which makes me think she might have actually written the apology herself. Of course, she could have been coerced by her management team or someone looking out for her career – a career that will be a lot fuller with the support of Asians. I’m not sure if I buy that Miley learned “a valuable lesson” from all of this, but at least she quieted her noisiest critics. For the time being.

Miley Cyrus is shown at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party with her mom on 2/7/09. Credit: WENN

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  1. vdantev says:

    Still waiting for people to stop weakening the real cause of equal treatment by jumping on such a tiny non-event in the history of Asian oppression.

  2. boomchakaboom says:

    vdantev: LOL! As much as I’ve had to say about this issue, I must say that it’s been her bratty refusal to take responsibility and deal with the backlash appropriately that has really pissed me off, not what she actually did.

  3. Lizzie (greeneyed fem) says:

    I don’t think it’s “weakening the real cause of equal treatment” by pointing out that someone’s actions are hurtful. Is it really so hard for her (or any other celebrity) to say, “gee, I’m sorry. I guess I never realized that my actions could make someone feel bad about themselves. I won’t do it again.”

    It’s not like anyone was calling for her arrest.

  4. Ash says:

    This would be the last thing on my mind. She’s still a kid. It happens. God this situation is annoying.

  5. Baholicious says:

    Why do these evangelical types always rationalize their unpalatable behaviour by mention of “God’s plan?”

    There again, why do ducks quack.

    I agree with Dante and others who think this is ridiculous and totally blown out of proportion. While Miley is a little old and should know better, who doesn’t know or didn’t play along to the singsong “Chinese, Japanese dirty knees etc?” as a kid? Are we all foaming-at-the-mouth racists? Where do we file our official apologies?

    “Walter, we’re not talking about the people that built the railroad here…”

  6. Wonder Woman says:

    Honestly Im more interested about the scandel involved with her showing off her side boob. lol. But her refusing to say sorry, come on’ we all know shes a brat

  7. Rosanna says:

    She disappointed me.

  8. Annie says:

    @Ohforf : You’re an ignorant pig.

    @Baho: Yes. That IS offensive. And that “little song” is perpetuated by racist notions. And I never sang that song, and thank god, never had to deal with a person who would sing that song around me.

  9. MoJo says:

    Baholicious, it was blown out of proportion only after she made the stupid mistake of insisting that it wasn’t her fault that people were offended. It was her reaction, not her initial mistake that caused the real problems. What’s wrong with an Asian group initially trying to inform her and everyone that this should be avoided in the future?

    And this being mentioned on a few gossip sites hardly qualifies it as “blown out of proportion.” I’m glad she was put under pressure to face it. There are a lot of kids who will see this, and why on earth would you let them thinking that you can do something like that and not face some consequences or let the Asian kids see that it’s okay when someone makes fun of them? This situation would’ve been much bigger if she did something to offend, say, the black community instead.

  10. Persistent Cat says:

    Baho, as a kid, yes, you heard those songs. But that was when you were in elementary school. She’s 16 and should know better. Every damn pictures she’s in gets posted somewhere, you’d think she’d learn.

    Love that God has a plan for her. I’d love some of God’s time management tips. I have to schedule one presentation today and I keep forgetting things. I couldn’t imagine trying to have a plan for billions of people.

  11. Baholicious says:

    I heard the song a lot. I grew up as a visible minority in small-town white Ontario. I heard all manner of slurs as a child growing up and so maybe that’s why I have a thick skin about it. I’m sorry if it comes across as being callous to a degree because that’s not what I feel. “Sticks and stones” was my mantra, absolutely.

    At the end of the day, she can’t help how she was raised and, to a degree, this episode says more about her parents and her people than it does about her. She’s a hick. However, she’s 16 and I agree certainly old enough to know better but she’s extremely immature and I’m sure, technically by definition, a moron.

    She has no place on the world stage, that much is evident. Cosmopolitan she ain’t.

  12. Annie says:

    Baho, we all have different experiences and I guess then, that I should count myself lucky that I didn’t have to hear those songs (I heard other things, but not the songs) Otherwise, I would’ve ended up in detention a lot more than I already did. (So then, on second thought, maybe those who may have said it around me should consider THEMSELVES lucky. lol. I throw a mean right hook…)

    Anyway. Point being is, I think it’s peculiar that people keep tossing her age like it justifies things. I mean, she’s “mature” and “old enough” to date a 21 year old. Which is by many people’s standards, the age of Adulthood.

    Meh. Agree to disagree and let’s move onto another post. lol. She apologized, and it seems sincere enough.

  13. Orangejulius says:

    The God’s plan part was a total turn-off. If I actually thought there was somebody up there with a plan, I’d shoot the bastard.

  14. pookynut says:

    You think her parents would’ve taken away her digital camera and internet access by now. Billy “Achy-Breaky- Heart” Cyrus is going to kill his golden egg laying goose if’n he’s not careful.

    That said, this kid’s a moron. And I am gettng sick of that peace sign flashing crap.

  15. pookynut says:

    Oh- wanted to add that the kid of Asian descent in the picture appears to be trying to make his eyes appear large and round – Western, in fact – so probably this was just a goofy joke. Like I said, parents need to take away the camera.

    If that kid had just used his fingers to make his eyes rounder, the joke would be more apparent. Dumbass.

  16. zboy says:

    I don’t think Miley Cyrus was trying to be racist in this photo. I think she and her friends were just joking around. On the other hand, its amazing the amount of white people that get upset when someone points out possible racial connotations that white people commit. My question is why do people crap on Asian people so much? Its seems they are such targets of hatred without any remorse. Why?

  17. lala says:

    I’m so sick of looking at these ugly white trash faces.