Another "Apology"

Racist Leader of Kids

Racist Leader of Kids

Miley Cyrus recently just issued another half-apology.  See it here:

I really wanted to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone.

Again, she places the onus on the people who are offended rather than herself.

We’ve been talking about this a lot.  Personally, I think it’s good that we continue to do so.  It’s a symbolic act of racism and is unbecoming for someone in her position as a major celebrity for kids.  Is she ever going to fully apologize?  Possibly not.  However, I think it behooves us to continue raising the issue since it’s a gesture that so many of us have had to endure, a gesture that many of us associate with violence as well.

On TMM’s site, TMM links an article that indicates Miley has been invited to the White House.  Really, I think it’s ridiculous for someone so unapologetically racist to be appearing at the White House with the first African American president.  And yes, I do think she’s racist.  I mean, seriously, we can make excuses for her being young, but who does that kind of thing in this day and age?  And who refuses to apologize after being called on this?

Asian American issues often get pushed under the rug, and if history is any indication of the past, her star power may win out over issues of racism against Asian people.  However, I think it’s good to raise the issue.  If we talk enough, eventually someone will hear.

If you’re interested in writing to the White House, check out TMM’s post here.  You can also contact Disney.

Update: From Michael Kang’s blog as recommended by Larry, here are some Disney execs who people should also contact.  Do so through snail mail.

Michael Poryes (Executive Producer/Creator Hannah Montana)
c/o Debbee Klein
Paradigm
360 N. Crescent Dr.,  North Bldg.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
USA

Steven Peterman (Executive Producer/Creator Hannah Montana)
c/o It’s A Laugh Productions
201 N Occidental Blvd Bldg 6
Los Angeles, CA 90026
USA

Rich Ross
President, Disney Channel Worldwide
3800 W Alameda Ave #2026
Burbank, CA 91505
USA

12 thoughts on “Another "Apology"

  1. 1.) I can’t stand Miley Cyrus.
    2.) I do not know what context she made the eye gesture, so I am not offended.
    3.) I am offended by the half-appology, “put the turd in the offendeds pocket” approach.
    4.) Her half-appology makes me think she is a racist.
    5.) Boycotting Miley Cyrus by Asians will not make an impact on this issue, but calling for a Disney Boycott by Asian’s until either i.) the teenaged nepotism queen sincerely appologizes for her action or ii.) Disney cancel’s her contracts.

    The Mouse needs to pay for promoting a racist or correct the issue.

  2. “I mean, seriously, we can make excuses for her being young, but who does that kind of thing in this day and age? And who refuses to apologize after being called on this?”

    A lot of white folk…and black, and brown, and yellow folk with a lot less privilege and stature than her. Post racial? Nah. As Dennis Green would say – America is what we thought it was.

    Is that Asian kid in the pictures still MIA? certainly he’s a victim no matter how the story goes. But he may be who we thought he was too. Just saying.

  3. Sure thing, MM! Good call on the letter campaign.

    Larry, thanks for the links and info! I’ll post up Michael Kang’s addresses above. I think it’s a good focus.

  4. Her first apology was bad. Her second apology feels worse. Now, I’m beginning to wonder if she IS a racist. I know what I said before, but she might be. Especially considering her show and her upcoming movie and her entire band and crew truly lacks diversity. Doesn’t Disney have actors from all over the world? Couldn’t they actually try and make a truly diverse movie without being preachy about it? Hell, they had every opportunity with HSM and HSM 2 and HSM 3, but besides the implied relationship between Zeke and Sharpay, there wasn’t anything to promote ethnic diversity.

  5. I’m in the same boat. I had some doubt that maybe it was just a youthful indiscretion, but after the dodging and weaving and refusal to truly apologize, I think she is racist.

    I’m going to take Michael Kang’s advice and write to Disney.

  6. Sweet deal. Actually, I’m loving the fact that we’re all pushing each other. I’m finding it helpful, anyway.

    I wrote mine this morning (will post to my front page once edited), but I also found that there were other people to whom I’d like to send it. Is anyone good at finding contact info? I guess we could always send it to their corporate address, but if anyone knows how to send direct, it would probably be better.

    Also, did you all know that there is a Chinese American on the Disney board? John Chen from Sybase. If I remember correctly, he’s also on the Committee of 100.

    Here is my list of other people whom I think we should contact:

    Management, The Walt Disney Company
    Robert Iger, President and CEO
    Kevin Mayer, Executive VP, Corporate Strategy
    Zenia Mucha, Executive VP, Corporate Communications
    Dennis W. Shuler, Chief Human Resources Officer
    Anne Sweeney, President, Disney-ABC Television Group

    Disney Board of Directors

    John E. Pepper, Chairman of the Board
    Alwyn B. Lewis, Potbelly Sandwich Works
    John S. Chen, Sybase
    Judith L. Estrin, Packet Design
    Robert Matschullat

  7. Michael Poryes (Executive Producer/Creator Hannah Montana)
    c/o Debbee Klein
    Paradigm
    360 N. Crescent Dr., North Bldg.
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    USA

    Steven Peterman (Executive Producer/Creator Hannah Montana)
    c/o It’s A Laugh Productions
    201 N Occidental Blvd Bldg 6
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    USA

    Rich Ross
    President, Disney Channel Worldwide
    3800 W Alameda Ave #2026
    Burbank, CA 91505

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