Miley Cyrus Addresses Criticism Over Slant-Eyed Photo

'Now that Britney is back on top of her game, they need someone to pick on!' singer claims.

Days after a photo surfaced of Miley Cyrus pulling at the corners of her eyes in a gesture that appeared to mock Asians, the Disney star has issued a statement about the heat she’s received from the media and national Asian Pacific American nonprofit OCA regarding the picture.

“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!” she said on her official fan site, MileyWorld, reports Perez Hilton, adding, “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 have been anyone else, it would have been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘bad girl’!”

She goes on to say that she’s the new target of media scrutiny now that Britney Spears is back in action. “I feel like now that Britney is back on top of her game again, they need someone to pick on! Lucky me! Haha,” she wrote. “Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what is in my heart. You guys know me and have been by my side every step of the way!”

Although she doesn’t actually apologize for the photo in the blog thread, she does note that, as she has done in the past when her actions have courted controversy, she is owning up to it.

“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.”

She finished the blog post hoping that people stop concentrating on what she does outside of the spotlight. “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.”