“Actual Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore and the Bravo community have issued apologies after the truth TV star was filmed carrying a Native American headdress that was deemed “offensive” and “racist.”
The 50-year-old Bravo persona took accountability for her costume, which was proven throughout Sunday’s Halloween-themed episode.
“I wish to sincerely apologize for inappropriately carrying the Native American headdress as a dressing up. I now notice that this was each disrespectful and insensitive and would by no means have accomplished it if I had that information and understanding beforehand,” Moore mentioned in an announcement shared with Fox Information.
She went on to say the costume is one she regrets.
“When higher, you do higher. I’m genuinely sorry,” Moore concluded.
Bravo additionally responded to the backlash with an announcement of their very own shared with Fox Information.
“Bravo goals to have the best requirements of respect and inclusivity and we acknowledge that the current episode of The Actual Housewives of Atlanta, wherein a solid member wears a Native American costume, didn’t uphold these values. We had hoped it could present a teachable second, nevertheless looking back it’s clear that the community didn’t deal with this correctly given the gravity of the state of affairs. We apologize to each the Native American neighborhood and our viewers as an entire,” the assertion reads.
Criticism of Moore’s outfit first surfaced by the activist group IllumiNative, which is led by Native peoples. The group issued a prolonged assertion on Instagram sooner or later after the episode aired.
“We’re deeply disturbed by final night time’s episode of #RHOA wherein @KenyaMoore wore a Native American ‘warrior princess’ costume,” IllumiNatives wrote.
“Costumes that mock Native peoples, defame our traditions and cultures, and perpetuate damaging stereotypes are racist,” the nonprofit group continued. “‘Enjoying Indian’ is a type of mascotry that’s not simply offensive, it is part of a protracted historical past of how Native peoples have been dehumanized.”
The group mentioned on the time that it was “involved that not one of the producers or executives” at Bravo, Comcast and NBC Common had not intervened earlier than it made its approach on air.
The nonprofit’s Instagram account notes that its initiative is “to extend the visibility of Natives in American society.”