“Disney tween queen Miley Cyrus is in trouble over a tasteless personal photo, again,” said Abbey Simmons in Buddy TV. As if her racy Myspace, cell phone, and Vanity Fair photos weren’t enough, now a photo of the Hannah Montana star and friends pulling their eyes into a slanted position has been leaked online, and Asian-American activists are angry. Rightfully so—the photo is “offensive and racist.”
Well, at least Cyrus is acting more like a 16-year-old, said Tracy Moore in the Nashville Scene, as opposed to the Vanity Fair photos, where she looked “freshly romped.” True, she’s just a teenager, but that doesn’t excuse “juvenile stupidity.” Still, I don’t think this latest photo was “intentionally racist.”
It may not have been racist, said The Frisky, but it was offensive. Most of us have "crude, off-color moments” that—if captured on film and shown to strangers—might seem racist, homophobic, or sexist. But if you’re in the public eye, you have to be aware of how your words and actions come across.
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