Kenya Moore and Bravo apologize for their Native American costume

Kenya Moore and Bravo apologize for their Native American costume

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore apologized on Tuesday for wearing a feathered headdress as a costume on Sunday’s episode, which Native American activists denounced as a “racist” example of “playing to the Indians ”.

“I want to sincerely apologize for inappropriately wearing the Native American headdress as a costume,” she said in a statement to Page Six. “I now realize that it was both disrespectful and callous and that I never would have done it if I had had this knowledge and understanding beforehand. I regret that. When you know better you do better. I am really sorry.

Bravo was also forced to issue a mea culpa in response to outrage over Moore’s antics during last weekend’s Halloween-themed episode of the long-running reality show.

“We had hoped that this would provide a good time for learning, but in retrospect it is clear that the network has not approached this issue properly given the gravity of the situation,” the network added. “We apologize to the Native American community and our public at large.”

An activist group called IllumiNative led the charge against Moore and Bravo by writing a lengthy Instagram statement on Monday ripping “costumes that mock Indigenous people.”

“We are deeply disturbed by the episode of #RHOA last night in which @thekenyamoore wore a Native American ‘warrior princess’ costume,” the group said.

“Costumes that mock Indigenous peoples, defame our traditions and cultures, and perpetuate negative stereotypes are racist. “Playing Indians” is a form of mascot that is not only offensive, it is part of a long history of dehumanizing indigenous peoples.

The nonprofit initiative, created and run by Native Americans, added that they are “incredibly concerned” that none of the producers or executives at Bravo, Comcast or NBC Universal, Bravo’s parent company, is intervened.

Bravo wrote in the comments section of the article that it “aims to have the highest standards of respect and inclusion” and that they “recognize” that the recent episode “RHOA” does not “advocate for these. values”.

Bravo's response to IllumiNative.
Bravo’s response to IllumiNative.

A critic of Moore, 50, pointed out that the ‘housewife’ said in a now deleted tweet that Native Americans were ‘part of her heritage’ but added: ‘I guess she is uneducated in their own ethnicity, culture and stereotypes. ”

Moore’s co-stars also called her on the show. Drew Sidora said in a church interview that the costume was “super problematic” and Porsha Williams added, “I thought we weren’t doing this anymore. ”

However, fans who have come to the defense of the reality TV star have pointed out that other cast members of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” – including Sidora, 35, and Williams’ sister Lauren Williams – and former “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Monique Samuels were also guilty. cultural appropriation.

User tweeted next to the photos of the women in callous costumes, “Check them out for @DREWSIDORA @iammrssamuels and @ Porsha4real sister Lauren in their Native American and Indian costumes.” Drew and Porsha had plenty of time to pick you up but forgot they posted these! Team Twirl will dig them up!

In April 2018, “Real Housewives of New York” star Luann de Lesseps was forced to apologize on his own after wearing dark makeup on her skin for a Diana Ross costume.

“I was a Halloween impersonator,” the countess explained at the time. “I didn’t mean to offend anyone by being Diana Ross for Halloween, it didn’t even occur to me… I wasn’t worried about it at all, and all of a sudden it became a thing. . I am really sorry. I don’t want that to be a thing, so I apologize if I offended.


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