Dowding posted photos of herself in the shocking outfit to her Facebook page. The garments and accessories are typically trivializing of a living culture that remains sacred to many Natives—as we've discussed often, the wearing of a warbonnet-style feather headdress on Halloween is appropriation of a deeply meaningful object for an essentially meaningless occasion.
With the makeup, though, Dowding has taken a run-of-the-mill offensive look to a new level of cultural and historical insult. Nearly half her face is covered in fake blood; a patch of the oozy red stuff runs from her hairline to her chin, and fingers of it drip down her neck and onto her chest.
In the photos' caption, she provides an explanation of her getup, and a reassurance to some who might find the image disturbing:
"I just got massacred by a cowboy. Note Fur is FAKE!!!"
That's right, she has dressed as Genocide for Halloween, and she wants her fans to know that no animals were harmed.
Dowding grew up in Bournemouth, and has a younger sister Melanie. They were brought up Roman Catholic by their Filipina mother Zena, and British father Chris.
Dowding soon posted the following "apology" on Facebook:
You're definitely not understanding the magnitude of your choice.
After all that has been said how can you say 'Sorry if I offended anyone'. Of course you have offended, hurt, degraded and butchered the Aboriginal culture around the world. There is no sincerity in your apology. I will say that at least you have embarrassed yourself by not knowing your own heritage. You are a beautiful, sad little woman.