Kenya Moore Now apologizes for the “Warrior Princess” outfit she wore on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 50-year-old reality star released a statement Tuesday after she faced backlash for her Native American style appearance.
“I want to sincerely apologize for wearing the Native American headscarf inappropriately as an outfit,” she wrote on social media. “I realize now that this was both disrespectful and insensitive and I would never have done it if I had that knowledge and understanding beforehand. I’m sorry for that. When you know better, you do better. I’m really sorry.”
Moore, who Defended at first Her Halloween clothes, she faced criticism from IllumiNative, Which is a non-profit indigenous led organization that focuses on increasing the visibility and voices of Indigenous peoples.
“We are deeply disturbed by the last episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, In which Kenya Moore wore a Native American “Warrior Princess” costume. Costumes that mock indigenous peoples, distort our traditions and culture, and perpetuate negative stereotypes, are racist, “a spokesperson for Yahoo Entertainment said earlier Tuesday. Indian play is a form of incantation that is not just an attack, it is part of a long history of how indigenous peoples were dehumanized. Countless research studies demonstrate the damage these images, actions, and the normalization of these behaviors cause to our youth. We also know that dehumanization and sexualization of indigenous women contributes to the crisis of murdered and missing indigenous women. “
The organization criticized those involved in the production, from the bottom up.
“We are also extremely concerned that neither Bravo, Comcast, or NBC Universal have any producers or executives interfering, although many of the cast members commented on how uncomfortable, unnecessary and offensive the costume was in front of the camera,” the statement continued. “The series contains many instances of racism and aggressive behavior, yet it appears that no training, procedures, or standards have been sent to stop offensive actions that conflict with the values Comcast claims to have. It is important for Bravo, Comcast and NBC to apologize. Universal, Andy Cohen, and Kenya Moore express the harm they have caused to the indigenous peoples and are committed to ensuring that such offensive displays are not repeated. The indigenous people are not a costume. “
Moore stars contested her looks during this Sunday episode.
“Kenya is a Native American warrior. I thought we didn’t do that anymore,” She said Activist Porsha Williams. “Like, I knew this girl was crazy, but I added a lame to the list, add a hit to the list.”
Williams added during RHOA after the show Zee Moore was a “cultural appropriation from head to toe”.
When Moore was called out on social media, she said in a Deleted now Tweet The outfit was “part of my #RHOA heritage.”
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