Hilary Duff has apologised after she and boyfriend Jason Walsh attended a celebrity Halloween bash dressed as a Native American and a scantily-clad pilgrim.
The former Disney star was met with a wave of outrage after pictures of the pair in the poor-taste costumes at the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party appeared over the weekend.
Walsh, who met Duff while working as her personal trainer, wore a headdress and face paint, while Duff wore a pilgrim’s hat and top.
It was the couple’s first red carpet appearance together, after they confirmed their relationship last month.
Needless to say, Twitter was quick to call out the pair for shameless cultural appropriation and insensitivity via the worst medium possible: the couple costume. No @HilaryDuff Traditional dress is not a costume and you being dressed as a pilgrim proves to me how insensitive and ignorant you are. https://t.co/0NvP6DD79I— LOOKING FOR CL’S EP (@hahannah14) October 29, [email protected]@[email protected] Surprised to see this was taken in 2016 bc 1) wow blatant racism and 2) Hillary Duff.— Sara Marie (@Ms_SaraMarie) October 29, [email protected] your halloween costume is ignorant and incredibly disappointing. Come on lizzy mcguire… Feel like Gordo would’ve stopped this— Emily (@ejlouws) October 30, 2016I’d bet my life that Hilary Duff ~meant~ no harm; she just exists in a bubble of white privilege, and ~that~ does harm
so we talk about it— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) October 30, 2016
Early on Monday morning, Duff posted an apology for the costume on her Twitter account.
“I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume,” she wrote. “It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my [heart] sorry.”
In future, maybe a good litmus test for whether a costume should leave the house is just: is this directly referable to a genocide?
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