Duff’s Costume Causing Big Stir
Hilary Duff and boo Justin Walsh are under fire for their horribly “offensive” Halloween costumes: a pilgrim and American Indian.
Over the weekend Duff and Walsh made their red carpet debut, Duff as a pilgrim and Walsh as a Native American chief with a headdress and warpaint.
Yet reactions to their costume were not what they were hoping for.
I can’t believe Hilary Duff looked at her boyfriend and thought “yes this costume is perfect and not offensive.”
— noahilistic (@NOAHKEEN) October 29, 2016
The costumes are said to be racist and are being slammed for cultural appropriation and reinforcing negative stereotypes.
In response to the negative reactions the Younger star released an apology on Twitter saying she had “not properly thought through” the costume. Walsh also released an apology on his Instagram saying he meant no disrespect. “I apologize to anyone I may have offended.”
I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume.It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my ❤️sorry.
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) October 30, 2016
But those angered by the costumes are taking it even further, saying the apologies meant nothing without explanation on why they are considered offensive and they way they were worded.
— 🎃Libra Babe ♎️✨🕷🕸 (@N8VChey) October 31, 2016
@N8VChey I hate how it’s worded “I’m sorry to the people I offended” not “I’m sorry for my offensive racial choice of a costume” or something.
— Mrs.D’Artagnan (@maggerson2014) October 31, 2016
Of course there were supporters that defended the choice of costume as well.
@HilaryDuff wasn’t offensive to me. This is Halloween. Dress however you like. I love you girly.
— Jasmine Bazinet (@jmacluver4987) October 30, 2016