Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Victoria's Secret Culturally Insensitive Faux Pas

This story sounds familiar?
Yes it does!!

Not everything is to be demeaned for the sake of fashion! Get more creative with your ideas peeps.

And if someone would just ask questions and do some research, they wouldn't end up doing stuff like this and then having to apologize. The photo is already live honey, there is no pulling it.

Thoughts?

The controversy began when she walked the runway wearing a Native American headdress (also called a war bonnet), a culturally insensitive faux pas that led the company to pull the footage of the offending outfit from its planned Dec. 4 broadcast. 

Several Native American groups called the lingerie company out for the blunder. 

Native Appropriations, a blog covering imagery of indigenous cultures, accused the retailer of "egregious cultural appropriation, stereotyping, and marginalizing of Native peoples." Ruth Hopkins, a columnist for a Native American news site, wrote that "after years of patronage and loyalty to the Victoria's Secret brand, I am repaid with the mean-spirited, disrespectful trivialization of my blood ancestry and the proud Native identity I work hard to instill in my children." Putting a headdress on a white model is particularly offensive, she wrote, because among the Sioux tribe, war bonnets are exclusively worn by men, with each feather symbolizing an act of valor.

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