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Asian Suing Miley

Delivers Kung Pow

to Judge

6/12/2009 9:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0612_miley_cyrus_eyes_ex-1So you're suing Miley Cyrus, claiming she defamed 1,000,000 Asian Pacific Islanders in L.A. County by taking a picture while making squinty eyes ... so how do you gain favor with the judge -- call him a racist.

Lucie Kim and her lawyer, Henry Lee (not the OJ Simpson forensics dude Henry Lee) claim the judge crossed the line in a hearing last week by repeatedly referring to Asians as "oriental." They say the word "oriental" is "an offensive, derogatory racial insult to persons of Asians descent ... akin to using the word N---er.

Kim and Lee want Judge Robert Hess to remove himself from the case.


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There's two sides to this case & you can see them both throughout these comments.

1. I'm asian: Chinese to be exact. & not all Chinese people are like this, I think it's wrong for people to judge a whole race in general over the opinions of individuals.

2. Miley Cyrus did do something wrong but it doesn't mean people have to go to such extreme lengths, it is ridiculous but it is low for people to judge other so harshly.

1938 days ago


ori•en•tal 'or-e-"en-tel, 'or- adjective (14c)
1 often cap : of, relating to, or situated in the Orient
2 a : of superior grade, luster, or value
b : being corundum or sapphire but simulating another gem in color
3 often cap : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of Orientals
4 cap : of, relating to, or constituting the biogeographic region that includes Asia south and southeast of the Himalayas and the Malay Archipelago west of Wallace's line
ori•en•tal•ly -tel-e adverb

1959 days ago


No talent skank...

1959 days ago


why doesnt this stupid ass chinese person go get a damn job instead of trying to sue a kid?? some people have no damn shame! you are an embarassment to your oriental-kind...

1959 days ago


I agree with #3! Go to work and get your own money. Are you that insecure that you are offended? the other day I saw an oriental open his eyes wide. I think I will sue him for making fun or Latinos.

1959 days ago


Me luv you long time, Lucy! Douchebag.

1959 days ago


What a dumba hilarious!

1959 days ago


the lawsuit is completely stupid, but I do agree with the issue with the judge. "Oriental" is an object, not a person. it's a french word for Pete's sake, not asian. You can buy an oriental rug, but you cannot date an oriental. dig?

1959 days ago


Oriental is offensive? Since when? I thought the orient was was full of mystery and magic, exotic goods, spices, some of the most beautiful women in the world... Why would someone object to being called oriental if they're from the orient? I'm not getting it. Apparently I need to be enlightened.

1959 days ago


What a complete waste of our tax dollars. Even if Miley meant to be racist with that photo, which I doubt was her intention, that's her right as an American. I can't believe this is actually being taken seriously.

1959 days ago


seems everybody is sensitive or oversensitive to any reference to race or religion. To bad some weren't around in the 40"s when every one with a German last name was called a Nazi! Get a life and bear with it--even our President is accused of "showing the sole of his shoe as an insult to Arabs"/

1959 days ago

R.J. Johnson    

HARVEY, not another Carrie Prejean story here????

1959 days ago

who gives a shit    

I don't like Miley, but this is an example of stupid cases that clog up the courts and waste taxpayer money!!!! Get a job!!!!!

1959 days ago


Okay, I enlightened myself... with the dictionary:

ori·ental·ly adv.
Usage Note: Asian is now strongly preferred in place of Oriental for persons native to Asia or descended from an Asian people. The usual objection to Orientalmeaning "eastern"is that it identifies Asian countries and peoples in terms of their location relative to Europe. However, this objection is not generally made of other Eurocentric terms such as Near and Middle Eastern. The real problem with Oriental is more likely its connotations stemming from an earlier era when Europeans viewed the regions east of the Mediterranean as exotic lands full of romance and intrigue, the home of despotic empires and inscrutable customs. At the least these associations can give Oriental a dated feel, and as a noun in contemporary contexts (as in the first Oriental to be elected from the district) it is now widely taken to be offensive. However, Oriental should not be thought of as an ethnic slur to be avoided in all situations. As with Asiatic, its use other than as an ethnonym, in phrases such as Oriental cuisine or Oriental medicine, is not usually considered objectionable.

1959 days ago

R.J. Johnson    

According to a poll on the TV show “Extra,” 68% are backing Palin over Letterman.

1959 days ago
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