June 21, 2014

Khloe Kardashian in a headdress, again

Khloe Kardashian slammed for posing in feathered American Indian headdress at North West's first birthday partyMany a celebrity has attempted to imitate Native American culture. And unfortunately it rarely ends well... and usually results in a public apology.

But it seems that Khloe Kardashian hasn't learned anything from those who preceded her as she was seen on Saturday posing in a grand Indian Chief feathered headdress.

And although it was all in the name of fun for niece North West's first birthday party--the social media comments made it clear, not everyone could see the funny side of the elaborate costume.

Kidchella was the name given to the festivities and the Kardashian clan along with friends were spoiled rotten with a Coachella-like festival including their very own Ferris wheel and music stage.

Khloe Kardashian Is Getting Heat For This Native American Headdress Photo

Khloe's both scolded and defended in comments

By Althea LegaspiIt looks like Khloe Kardashian didn’t see our “Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Native American Headdress” story, because if she did, she might not be getting heat on Instagram for posting a photo of herself wearing one.

The photo, which she captioned “Ray Of Clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granted desire. One with water. #kidchella my first Coachella!!!,” has inspired some scolding comments on Instagram.

ei8hty2z wrote, “Appalled & feel so disrespected and I CAN say this because I’m a full blooded Native American! You’re only making yourself look like a fool! Smh……delete your photo. Everything we do and have and live as people has SO MUCH more meaning to it than what it may seem.”

fern_monster had a one-word response to the photo: “Problematic.”

Khloe Kardashian Disrespects Native Culture For North West's B'day PartyKhloe's photo met with criticism from some Instagrammers who found it disrespectful. They were of course slammed by Kardashian fans who feel they should lighten up. It's fair to debate this, but here's something to consider: Khloe's picture has 369,000 likes (and counting); Kylie's has 623,000 likes and counting. Love 'em, hate 'em, or don't care, the fact remains that any little thing the Kardashians do reaches a massive audience. More people consume a Kardashian or Jenner Instagram picture than consume all of the Internet's Native news sources combined. Debate is fair, but hundreds of thousands of Kardashian devotees gleefully shouting down a few Native voices isn't much of a debate.

As celebrities these people have the choice--and one wishes they'd feel some responsibility--not to spread ignorance to followers who will defend them and seek to emulate them. We can't say how many Kardashian fans now think Native Americans meditate in the lotus position, but we'd bet it's more than a few.

Yesterday, Khloe posted the below image to Instagram. Although she did not specifically reference her party costume, it may have been a comment on the controversy--regardless it's a comment on the persecution complex that rich and unthinking celebrities so often feel.

Comment:  None of these articles reported it, but Kardashian family members have stereotyped Indians several times:

Kourtney Kardashian in a headdress
Kardashian's mom hates an "Indian giver"
Khloe Kardashian in a headdress

Clearly the Kardashians and their mother are stupid stereotypers with a racist view of Indians. Indeed, they seem to be proud of their ignorance. So noted.

1 comment:

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


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