Note that many media outlets report that Miley Cyrus has apologized twice for the “slant-eye” gesture. Not once, but twice! Can you believe it! Now maybe Asians and rabbits can put this issue to rest.
The press often hastens to declare that somebody “apologized” for racism even when the “apology” doesn’t quite measure up. I think that this might have to do with the intense discomfort around discussing race, as well as the desire to let likable personalities off the hook.
So let’s take a look at Miley’s apologies, shall we?
I can’t believe all of the silly STUFF that has been put out in the press this week! It really makes me sad that people want to tear other people down just for the sake of magazine sells and hits on websites! Unfortunately, it seems like BAD is what sells!
Translation: Racism is just “silly stuff,” not to be taken seriously. And Miley is the victim here, with other people wanting to tear her down! How awful! Poor Miley!
I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context! In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’! I feel like now that Britney Spears is back on top of her game again, they need someone to pick on! Lucky me! Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what is on my heart. You guys know me and have been by my side every step of the way!
Translation: Those people are oversensitive. And Asians have goofy faces. Racism isn’t newsworthy; everybody knows it’s an everyday occurrence like “Dog bites man.” Not even worth reporting. And why do other people get away with their racism? No fair! I’m the victim here! You all KNOW I’m not a racist! I couldn’t possibly be a racist! I don’t have to SHOW that I’m not racist. I just have to ANNOUNCE it.
Funny how white people who often talk about people of color “playing the victim” are quick to make themselves the victim when they are accused of racism.
You guys know my heart and know the most important things to me are my friends, family, fans, and GOD! In NO WAY do I want to disappoint any of you! But, when I have made mistakes in the past, I feel like I’ve owned up to them and apologized. Anyway, I really wish everyone would stop focusing on my personal life and get back to focusing on what I love! Music and Acting! Hopefully, I will be touring again this fall! Yayy! =] It will be a nice change to be back out on the road again! xoxo Blessings.. Miley
Translation: I am NOT a racist. Everybody knows CHRISTIANS are not racists. And I am a good person who owns up to her mistakes, except in this case I have nothing to apologize for because I did nothing wrong.
And here’s “apology” number two, issued a bit later:
I want to thank all of my fans for their support not only this week, but always! I really wanted to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone. I have learned a valuable lesson from this and know that sometimes my actions can be unintentionally hurtful. I know everything is a part of GOD’s ultimate plan, and mistakes happen so that eventually I will become the woman he aspires me to be. Peace and love, Miles
Got that? “How sorry I am IF” it offended anyone. Not BECAUSE it offended people. Not BECAUSE it was racist. And here’s the statement about intent again. I didn’t mean to do it! Honest! My fingers just happened to slip up to the corner of my eyes and yank them upward while all my other friends were simultaneously making goofy faces!
And here we go with GOD again.
Here’s the general non-apology apology recipe: Use qualifiers, like “IF.” Make sure you deny any intent whatsoever. That way you can deny responsibility. It’s just about people picking on you. Make sure to invoke GOD. And state that you can’t possibly be a racist. Despite your racist actions.
Because if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it must not be a duck. Sorry.