Hilary Duff and Boyfriend Jason Walsh Cause a Stir over ‘Insensitive’ Halloween Costumes
Hilary Duff and new boyfriend Jason Walsh attended the Casamigos Halloween Party on Friday (Oct. 28, 2016), their first public outings as an official couple, but got into some hot water over their Halloween costumes.
Duff dressed up as a sexy pilgrim, while Walsh was Native American chief, complete with feathered headdress and red face paint, prompting Twitter users to slam them for cultural appropriation and reinforcing negative stereotypes.
“HILARY DUFF YOUR COSTUME IS SO YESTERDAY,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added, “No @HilaryDuff Traditional dress is not a costume and you being dressed as a pilgrim proves to me how insensitive and ignorant you are.” Another wrote, “Dang it, hilary duff. I thought you were one of the good ones.” (via Us Weekly)
One tweeter also referred to the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy in North Dakota. “So is @HilaryDuff and her bf gonna protest that pipeline [affecting] native Americans or ?” Thousands of Native Americans and supporters are protesting the construction of a 1,134-mile-long pipeline that would destroy sacred grounds. Divergent actress Shailene Woodley was arrested during one protest.
Chris Hemsworth also recently apologized for dressing as a Native American at a New Year’s Eve 2015 party. “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. 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.”
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.