Now they have a problem with white women wrapping themselves in buffalo hide?
Just look at those high…cheekbones! (What did you think I meant?)
This November, events nationwide celebrated the traditions, fashion and food of the nation’s 566 recognized Indian tribes as part of Native American Heritage Month.
But a few high profile missteps surrounding the use of indigenous cultural imagery made bigger national headlines than any heritage month event.
First it was the release of No Doubt’s Wild West-themed music video “Looking Hot,” featuring teepees, fire dances and singer Gwen Stefani on horseback, a feather crowning her long blond braids. Then, supermodel Karlie Kloss walked the runway in a floor-length feather headdress, skimpy leopard-spotted bikini and turquoise jewelry at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Both instances sparked allegations of “playing Indian” for profit, leading No Doubt and Victoria’s Secret to publicly apologize. The gaffes also reignited debate over where to draw the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation and the extent to which non-Natives should represent Natives in mainstream media and pop culture.
Apologize for what? Massachusetts just celebrated Native American Heritage Month by electing a Cherokee to the United States Senate! And she’s not even Indian at all! Not one drop! She lied about it, exploited it, played the victim card—you name it, even to the point of committing “spiritual genocide”.
Who should be apologizing?
Stay Indian, girlfriend.