Hilary Duff Apologizes For Halloween Costumes, “Sorry” About Native American, Pilgrim Outfits
Hilary Duff is apologizing for her and her boyfriend’s costumes of a pilgrim and Native American, respectively, which she now understands “offended” many people. After photos emerged of Duff as a scantily-clad pilgrim and her new man wearing a Native American headdress and face paint, social media exploded with comments condemning the couple for their insensitivity and offensive cultural appropriation. Duff says she truly “sorry” from the bottom of her heart.
On Friday, the actress and Jason Walsh attended a Casamigos tequila-sponsored Halloween party in Beverly Hills, and by Saturday she and her new boyfriend trainer were getting slammed on Twitter. In addition to being called “racist,” many people noted that wearing a traditional Native American headdress is “not a costume,” and that the couple’s outfits showed how “ignorant” they are. Some commenters even noted that their get-ups were particularly offensive in light of the issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, where Native Americans are protesting because the pipeline would stretch across their sacred land.
On Sunday, the former Disney star realized the errors of her ways and apologized. Duff wrote on Twitter, “I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume. It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my [heart emoji] sorry.”