LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Disney teen idol Miley Cyrus has said she was making a goofy face when she made slant-eye poses in a personal photograph with friends, and was not making fun of Asians.
Cyrus, 16, was responding on Thursday to demands from an Asian-American group that she apologize for the snapshot which surfaced on the Internet this week, and in a blog posted on her official Web site, she said she's becoming a media target.
The OCA, a national organization that promotes the welfare of Asian Pacific Americans, had accused Cyrus of taunting and mocking Asians when she and a group of friends pulled their eyes sideways in a photo. One of the group was Asian.
"In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy?," Cyrus said in a blog posting at www.mileyworld.com.