Asian-American Groups Slam Miley Statement

Regan Stephens / February 5, 2009

If Miley Cyrus was hoping to make peace with those she offended with this photo, she missed the mark with her statement today.

“The picture is offensive and now this statement is inadequate.” George Wu, Executive Director of the OCA, an Asian-American equality group tells Celebuzz.

“It’s not a real apology. We’re not backing down without a fuller apology,” Wu said.

Cyrus took to her official website to explain the photos Thursday.

“I’ve…been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces!” Cyrus wrote, “well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context!”

The Hannah Montana star went on to deny any intentional racial insensitivity in relation to the photo, avowing, “In no way was I making fun of any ethnicity!”

Wu also criticized the use of “goofy” in the statement

“The ‘goofy’ is even a more unfortunate choice of words,” said Wu.

Karen Narasaki, president of the Asian American Justice Center calls Miley’s statement “disappointing.”

“It sounds like Ms. Cyrus doesn’t understand the pain felt by those of us who grew up being taunted by insensitive people making fun of our ethnicity by making exactly these kinds of faces and gesture,” said Narasaki.