Less than a year after her infamous Vanity Fair shoot, another photo of teen queen Miley Cyrus is causing controversy. In a photograph taken with boyfriend Justin Gaston and a group of friends, the Hannah Montana star, 16, pulls a slant-eye pose in an apparent attempt to 'look Asian'. After the image was leaked on to the internet, Asian American groups have condemned the pose as 'racist' and demanded an apology from the teenager. A spokesman for the Organisation of Chinese American OCA said: 'The photo falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent.
When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. The photo, making the rounds online, shows the "Hannah Montana" star and five friends squinting their eyes into a slanted expression.
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The Chinese government is not pleased. The following photo was distributed online, of Cyrus and friends pulling their eyes slanted while sitting next to an unidentified Asian American boy. Cyrus has yet to comment, but Asian American groups have already called for an apology. And now the Chinese government is also taking a stand. The government has also banned any broadcast of her TV show, films, and any sales of merchandise.
After Miley Cyrus' first apology was rejected by Asian-American groups, she posted a second, more heartfelt mea culpa on her official fan site on Monday for the racially insensitive photo that surfaced last week in which she was depicted making a gesture that was considered offensive to Asian-Americans. 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.