After Miley Cyrus' first apology was rejected by Asian-American groups, she posted a second, more heartfelt mea culpa on her official fan site on Monday for the racially insensitive photo that surfaced last week in which she was depicted making a gesture that was considered offensive to Asian-Americans.
"I want to thank all of my fans for their support not only this week, but always!" Cyrus wrote, according to UsMagazine.com. "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."
In the picture, the 16-year-old "Hannah Montana" star and a friend are seen pulling at their eyes as several others squint along with them in a gesture that raised the ire of the Asian-American advocacy group OCA, which said Cyrus was setting "a terrible example for her many young fans" by "mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent."
After the picture surfaced more than a week ago and caused a stir, Cyrus issued what the OCA considered a halfhearted apology that it said was "not enough."
Initially, Cyrus — who performed with "best friend" Taylor Swift at Sunday's Grammys — said, "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. "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'!"