Miley Cyrus Reacts to Photo: Says She Was Just “Making Goofy Faces”

Miley Cyrus, 16, has finally spoken up about the photo circulating on the Internet that seemingly depicted her making fun of minorities. 

A picture that depicted the Hannah Montana star and her boyfriend, Justin Gaston, stretching their eyes into slits hit the Web on Monday, sparking debate over whether Cyrus and her beau were being racially insensitive.

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

Cyrus goes on to deny any intentional racial insensitivity in relation to the photo, avowing, “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity!”

The photo drew swift reaction from Asian-American groups earlier this week after its release. Karen Narasaki, president of the director for the Asian American Justice Center, told Celebuzz earlier this week, “It’s hard to imagine the context where this would be okay. It’s offensive and disappointing. She’ such a role model for young women.”

This isn’t the first time that Cyrus has been forced to explain herself after seemingly inappropriate photos of her have made it into the public square. After topless (though concealed) pictures of her taken by Annie Liebovitz appeared in Vanity Fair last year, Cyrus explained, “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed.”

Likewise, after provocative photos of herself and a friend hit the Web in December, Cyrus professed innocent intentions, telling New York radio station Z100, “They’re nothing bad!”

And photos allegedly hacked from her e-mail account, depicting Miley in a bikini and with her shirt plled up to show off her abdomen, hit the Web last summer.

You’d think the girl would have developed a case of camera-shyness at this point.