Leona Lewis came under fire within hours of posting photos on Instagram
Singer was branded 'ignorant', 'disrespectful' and 'racist' for the costume
But many social media users came to the defence of 30-year-old celebrity
By Sam Creighton
Within hours of sharing the pictures on Instagram yesterday, she was branded ‘ignorant’, ‘disrespectful’ and ‘racist’ for supposedly making light of the headgear’s cultural importance.
One of her 380,000 followers wrote: ‘As a Native American I just lost so much respect for you. The headdress is reserved for our revered elders who, through their selflessness and leadership, have earned the right to wear one. It’s a spiritual garb, not just cultural.’
Also note the "warpath" stereotype in the headline. And the insulting term "PC brigade." Protesting racism isn't politically correct; it's correct, period.
For more on the subject, see Indian Costumes at Annual Turkey Trot and Jenner and Hilton in Stereotypical Costumes.