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Miley Cyrus Apologizes Again (Twice)

posted by Nell Minow

It seems like a very minor infraction compared to the recent Chris Brown/Michael Phelps/A-Rod transgressions, but Miley Cyrus had to apologize again — twice — for a photograph that appeared to mock Asians.
Her first apology was a bit defensive and accusatory.
“I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context! In no way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? According to MTV.com, she said:
“It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would have been anyone else, it would have been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘bad girl’!”
She had to do better than that. On her website, she wrote, accepting responsibility instead of blaming the press and the victims:
“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 a part of GOD’s ultimate plan, and mistakes happen so that eventually I will become the woman he aspires me to be.”
It seems a lot to come down so hard on a young woman who has in many ways been such a wholesome role model for girls. But her success brings with it an enhanced responsibility and if she must learn some difficult lessons in public at least her young fans can benefit from seeing her develop the grace to respond appropriately.

  • Mary Keeley

    I’m sure she is as contrite as she can be in this instance, however, Miley is young and she has not shown the best judgment or behavior more than once. My husband and I were astonished at her behavior at the Golden Globes. She looked like such a pretty young lady on the the Red Carpet, but later, when the camera turned on her at her table, she stuck her tongue out so far it was just gross. Where did she think she was? This was a nice, semi-formal adult gathering. Face it,if we were at a similar gathering with our teens or kids,we would make sure they behaved. For someone so much in the limelight, a little decorum would certainly be expected. She is old enough to know better, now she needs to take that knowledge and act accordingly.
    We raised four sons, so we know kids will be kids, but parents too often forget that kids “acting goofy” and creating a disturbance are actually ignoring the rights of others to have a pleasant experience and/or be treated with dignity.
    Yep, I know, we were fairly strict with our boys, but it paid off; they are great adults to be with and their own kids are well-behaved and respectful. Nothing wrong with that, is there?
    Once again, Nell, just my opinion.
    Ciao!
    Mary

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