Chris Hemsworth Apologizes for His Controversial Native American Costume

Chris Hemsworth apologized for dressing up as a Native American on New Year’s Eve last year.

On Thursday (Oct. 27, 2016), the actor took to Instagram to post a photo of himself posing alongside Thor: Ragnorak’s director, Taika Waititi. In the caption, his support with the protestors of the Standing Rock pipeline protest.

However, he also used the photo to apologize for his controversial costume.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime,” he wrote. “Last New Year’s Eve I was at a ‘Lone Ranger’ themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offense this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologize to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action.”

Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year’s Eve I was at a “Lone Ranger” themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.

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Based on his words, it sounds like he’s serious about having learned his lesson.