Miley Cyrus Apologizes for Slant-Eye Photo
The actress-singer wasn't 'making fun of any ethnicity'
The "Hannah Montana" star apologized on her official fan site Mileyworld.com for a personal photo in which she used her fingers to make her eyes slant, which drew the ire of an Asian group.
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"I've also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces!" she writes. "Well, I'm sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context!"
She continues: "In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of [sic] been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new 'BAD GIRL'!
"I feel like now that Britney is back on top of her game again, they need someone to pick on! Lucky me! haha Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what is on my heart. You guys know me and have been by my side every step of the way!
"You guys know my heart and know the most important things to me are my friends, family, fans, and GOD! In NO WAY do I want to disappoint any of you! But, when I have made mistakes in the past, I feel like I've owned up to them and apologized.
"I really wish everyone would stop focusing on my personal life and get back to focusing on what I love! Music and Acting! Hopefully, I will be touring again this fall! Yayy! =] It will be a nice change to be back out on the road again! bexoxo blessings...Miley =)"
After the photo of Cyrus and her friends surfaced on the Internet, Asian advocate group OCA released a statement claiming that the picture "falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent."