Miley Cyrus has drawn the ire of Asian-American interest groups like the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Japanese American Citizens League for her inappropriate slant-eye poses, but what’s most disappointing is the lack of anger from any other groups. This deafening silence is just as repulsive as the act itself. Not speaking out simply legitimizes and condones this type of racist behavior. Taunting and mocking someone’s immutable characteristics is especially inappropriate and unacceptable for such a public figure. What’s worse is Cyrus’ fan base of impressionable young persons. Miley Cyrus must offer an appropriate apology to Asian Pacific Americans and to her fans. She must clearly say that taunting and mocking others is unacceptable behavior.
The possibility of missing out on the Kid’s Choice Awards isn’t enough. If Miley Cyrus won’t apologize, maybe the Oscars should apologize instead – not for slant-eyed poses but by keeping Cyrus off the red carpet later this month.