She attended her niece North West’s first birthday party, Kidchella, wearing the bonnet and posted several photos on social media.
The backlash was vicious and immediate with headlines calling her out.
Comments on the actual Instagram photos included, “If ignorance is suddenly acceptable, should we spread the word that the Armenian genocide didn’t happen?”and “Stop telling oppressed indigenous cultures to “forget about it that was like 300 years ago” because we have a long hard history that you just can’t comprehend, and I will be sensitive to this issue because I have pride in my culture.”
And now the Redhawk Native American Arts Council has responded to the photos.
“Wow,” said Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, upon seeing the images.
“There’s no way she’s not in tune with what’s been happening in the media,” Matias said, referring to the Redskins’ trademark cancellation. “I can’t even say she’s not even aware.”
Matias called the snapshot “insensitive” and says celebrities can no longer pretend they are ignorant on the issue. “It’s terrible,” insisted Matias. “It’s absolutely terrible that they have no conscience to discontinue to do such things.”
When asked if he’s offended when he sees celebrities disrespecting his culture for “art” or style, Matias replied, “Of course.”
“But it’s also sad. It’s really sad that people who are celebrities don’t take the responsibility and the understanding that they are trendsetters and they influence people, especially young people. It’s a responsibility that I don’t think a lot of them acknowledge that they have.”
He continued, “I just can’t believe she would be that insensitive to think it was OK to wear that war bonnet at a kids’ party … Now you have a celebrity at a kids’ party creating a whole new generation of insensitive thinking.” [via Page Six]
Khloe has worn the war bonnet on several occasions and has been criticised every time. She knows that, regardless of one’s own ancestry, it’s offensive to wear it (without earning the privilege) and she’s now stated that she doesn’t care.
Specifically, she posted a message on Instagram saying “You’re still going to get criticized, so you might as well do whatever the f**k you want.” Which seems to borrow from the popular saying that “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission…”