Why is Miley Cyrus banned from China? If this is somewhat out of the blue for you, don’t worry – you’re not the only one. Luckily, we investigated so you don’t have to.

Miley Cyrus is known for her sometimes-risqué performances, but this latest controversy takes the cake. Apparently, there is a certain photo that was controversial enough to get Miley banned from the whole country of China.

The photo was taken back in 2009, but, as we all know, the Internet is forever.

Why is Miley Cyrus banned from China?

  • The reason why China banned the actress was because of an offensive photo. The picture shows her and some friends posing with an Asian man and making an incredibly rude gesture.

In the photo, Miley and her friends are pulling at the corners of their eyes in a way that could be perceived as mocking the Asian man. The singer has since apologised for any offence caused by the photo.

She addressed the situation saying: “I have learned a valuable lesson from this and know that sometimes my actions can be unintentionally hurtful.”

Even though Miley has now apologised for the actions, China still prohibits her from entering the country. The picture was taken in 2009 and had such an effect that the government has also banned any broadcast of her TV show, films and sales of her merchandise, NME reported.

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Miley Cyrus apologises for offensive photo

The Chinese foreign minister of the time, Yang Jiechi, addressed the matter: “Miss Cyrus has made it clear she is no friend of China or anyone of East Asian descent. We have no interest in further polluting our children’s minds with her American ignorance.”

According to MTV the first apology by Miley 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’!”

It is reported that the OCA considered this to be a halfhearted apology and it was “not enough.” According to Us Magazine, Cyrus then addressed the issue for a second time explaining:

“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.”

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