A Los Angeles woman is suing Miley Cyrus over her now infamous “slant-eyed” picture, claiming that over 1 million people of Asian Pacific Islander descent in the Los Angeles area are victims “of [Cyrus’] discriminatory acts.”
But where the suit gets seriously insane is the amount claimed: $4 billion in damages, and possibly more!
In the suit filed in the LA County Superior Court, Lucie J. Kim claims that each Asian Pacific Islander in L.A. County is entitled to a minimum of $4,000 for a civil-rights violation stemming from the photograph.
Kim claims in the suit that Miley “knew or should have known that her image would be publicly disseminated via the media, which Cyrus knew focused on her private life,” and that Miley “had actual knowledge that her conduct was in fact a form of racism, prejudice and mockery of the physical attributes of Asian Pacific Islanders.”
I’m not expert on racism, but the last time I looked Pacific Islanders and Asians are significantly different, so besides the insane amount of money asked for, it’s interesting to see Islanders and Asians lumped together in the same ethnic grouping. Besides, no sane person would think Miley was being racist towards a Maori person or someone from New Guinea, it was clearly a racist slur at Asians, in particular a slur that has been historically directed at Chinese and Japanese people.