Alright, so I heard about this story yesterday, and it really got my blood boiling. Not because I’m terribly offended by Miley Cyrus, but because lawsuits in America have reached such an asinine stage.
Here’s what happened: Miley Cyrus offended some Asian Pacific Islanders by making “squinty eyes,” imitating someone who is Asian:
The tabloids got that picture and kaboom! it’s all over the place.
Well, some idiot figured that they could make some money off of this. And that idiot is Lucie J. Kim. She filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles superior court stating that every Asian Pacific Islander in L.A. County deserves $4,000 for civil rights violations because of that photo. That totals $4 million. Kim says in the suit that Cyrus “knew or should have known that her image would be publicly disseminated via the media, which Cyrus knew would focus on her private life, specifically TMZ [they're the ones who leaked it first].” She also claims that Cyrus knew the face was “racist.”
Cyrus originally said she was “simply making a goofy face,” but later apologized.
Comedian Margaret Cho wrote a blog post about it (that’s available here: http://www.margaretcho.com/blog/2009/02/11/oh-miley.html), and the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) released the following statement:
The photograph of Miley Cyrus and other individuals slanting their eyes currently circulating the Internet is offensive to the Asian Pacific American community and sets a terrible example for her many young fans. This image falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent.
“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.”
OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
OK, so first off, anybody who needs $4,000 to make themselves feel better because of this picture really needs to spend that $4,000 on counselling to get some therapy and self esteem. So, my message to Lucie Kim: GET SOME MENTAL HELP! YOU NEED IT! Uh oh, I’m gonna get sued now for being offensive to people with low self esteem.
Second, why is nobody yelling at the Asian kid in the picture? He was going along with it. He wasn’t mad that the people around him were “mocking” his heritage. So, is he racist against Asian Pacific Islanders too, or is this another double standard similar to how African Americans can use the N-word?
I can deal with what the OCA said. Sure, it was offensive, but honestly, I doubt that that many Asians really care.
What I can’t deal with is the greed and utter stupidity of Lucie Kim. Kim is an idiot who’s trying to make a quick buck. Go out and find a real way to make money, instead of trying to sue the crap out of a teenage girl for offending you. And you know what, if you’re so desperate for money, I invite you to come here and talk to me. If you can actually convince me that you deserve $4,000, I will personally give you $250.
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