The November issue of Belle is raising a ruckus on the Web. Here's why:
On pages 11-12 is a two-page spread titled "The Squaw's Appeal" about Kate Horne, an artist who makes prints and ceramics. As the article explains:
Compounding the offense, the article shows Horne putting some sort of clay on her face like warpaint. And shows her looking off into the distance like a watchful Indian scout.
Here's a reply posted on the magazine's site:
This is the her FB page if anyone wants to let her know how F**KED UP this is:
It is hard to believe this stupid stuff is still happening....
Thanks for posting the links--I sent messages to both. I hope these people get bombed. I'm normally not one to encourage getting all indignant over every little thing but this is far and away beyond what any reasonable person could regard as acceptable. Might as well have some white people dressed up in blackface while they're at it....
"The Squaw's Appeal," huh? She's "branded" herself with the headdress? What a dopey bitch. Great to know there's a clueless White girl out in Richmond who thinks it's groovy to appropriate Plains man's regalia in an effort to market herself.
I'm sorry, I just can't get over the fact that they think we don't have computers + Internet access in 2010...of course, I'm assuming they think Indians are, you know, *still living*....
A reply from Style's editor-in-chief:
...We do appreciate the concerns you expressed, and I will speak with our publisher and the folks involved with Belle about this issue.
I will be happy to follow up with you afterward if you’d like.
Thanks again for your feedback,
Editor in Chief
Horne's Facebook pic shows this is no aberration. She's proud of her "Big Squaw" identity.
I can't read her Facebook page, but someone tells me she wrote:
Can you imagine painting her face black, putting on a kerchief, and calling herself the "Big Mammy"? Because that's exactly equivalent to Horne's actions.
Meanwhile, Roop offers the usual non-apology "apology." Mock concern for the person's feelings. The magical power of intent as an excuse. No admission of actual wrongdoing. No promise to print a retraction or chastise the people involved. Just a vague "we'll discuss it" pledge.
For more on the subject, see Rachel Zoe as an "Indian Warrior" and "Reservation Hotties" and "Welfare Chicks."
Below: "I'ze the Big Mammy. If'n you don't buy muh art, I'ma gonna whup you one."