Miley Cyrus Photo Draws Protests From Asians
Posted on Tue Feb 3, 2009 07:45 AM PDT

Miley Cyrus MileyAsian200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Disney star Miley Cyrus is being criticized for a photograph circulating on the internet that shows the 16-year-old singer apparently mocking asians.

In the picture, Miley, along with boyfriend Justin Gaston and a group of other friends are seen squinting and pulling the corners of their eyes into a slant.

The Organization of Chinese Americans denounced the picture in a statement on their website.

"Not only has Miley Cyrus and the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimized the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American fans," said George Wu, executive director of OCA.

"The inclusion of an Asian Pacific American individual in the photo does not make it acceptable."

"OCA hopes that Miley Cyrus will apologize to her fans and the APA community for this lapse in judgment and takes the opportunity to better understand why the gesture is offensive."

So far Cyrus has not commented on the photo.