So … remember that distasteful photo that surfaced of Miley Cyrus, her 20-year old manfriend Justin Gaston and friends making an offensive gesture against Asians by mockingly slanting their eyes? Yeah, that one. Anyways, it turns out that an apology just isn’t enough for one SoCal woman who has filed a class action lawsuit, on behalf of 1 million Asian Pacific Islanders who live in Los Angeles, against Miley to the tune of $4 billion! Heh. I bet Miley is *really* sorry now she thought it was funny to make “goofy” and horribly offensive faces with her pals:
A Los Angeles woman has filed a class action suit against Miley Cyrus, claiming she mocked Asians in a recent photo by slanting her eyes. Price tag: $4 billion. Lucie J. Kim claims to represent more than 1 million Asian Pacific Islanders who live in L.A. County. Kim claims when Cyrus posed for the photo, she “knew or should have known that her image would be publicly disseminated via the media, which Cyrus knew focused on her private life, specifically TMZ.” Kim says in the suit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, that each Asian Pacific Islander is entitled to the minimum damages for a civil rights violation — $4,000. Add it up — $4 billion! Kim says Miley’s “just a kid” defense doesn’t fly. She says it’s like Paris Hilton claiming to be just a kid. Ouch. Miley’s peeps could not immediately be reached for comment.
Oh man. While I think that this action on the part of Ms. Kim seems a bit like overkill, I cannot fault her for expressing her outrage in this manner. Do I really believe that she will be successful in her endeavor? No. But I think she will be able to get her point across. If Miley didn’t really learn her lesson before, something tells me that she might get a clue now.
In other related news, the amazing comic Margaret Cho has opted out of filing a lawsuit against Miley Cyrus for her offensive behavior and has, instead, decided to pen a song about the whole incident:
Despite one bratty apology and one forreal apology over the offensive Asian photo, people are still mad at Miley Cyrus, including Margaret Cho. But rather than join the ridiculous billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Miles, Cho has decided to express her feelings lyrically. The comedian took to her blog to pen [a] little rhyming ditty:
After the jump, check out the full lyrics to Margaret‘s song about Miley …
Miley Cyrus made some chinky eyes
Standing behind an Asian guy
I don’t know if this should fly
As if there wasn’t enough to despise…
I wasn’t necessarily a fan of
Her, her dad, or Hannah Montana
I tend to prefer the songs of Rihanna
Racism against Asians is simply bananas!
Chinky eyes make you look wily
prejudice isn’t thought of so highly
it doesn’t make us all smiley
Why is there nothing that Asians can do?
To make fun of other races as easily as you
Why isn’t racism against Asians taboo?
Why are we always so racially screwed!
All you have to do is pull at your face
To make your eyelids resemble our race
This kind of joke has no proper place
Miley Cyrus is a disgrace!
Margaret Cho rules the world. It seems like the ire that Miley kicked up with her behavior is still rubbing people the wrong way. Again, I can’t blame them in the least. What sort of song would YOU pen for Miley Cyrus about this or any other topic?