North West, the lucky offspring of celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, celebrated her first “Kidchella” birthday party on Sunday. And while we should probably be discussing how there was a ferris wheel at a 1-year-old’s celebration, another Kardashian has taken the spotlight with what has suddenly become a controversy on Instagram. Right now, some Instagram users aren’t pleased with Khloe Kardashian’s Native-American inspired photo, and they probably have every right to be POed.
Currently, two different images of the Kardashian wearing a large Native American headdress are receiving criticism on both Kardashian and Kylie Jenner’s Instagram accounts. Many of her followers are claiming that her photo, captioned, “Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!” is mocking the Native American culture. Others are calling the celebrity ignorant while some are coming to her defense.
Though this instance of cultural misappropriation is not actually a first for the youngest Kardashian sister, she isn’t the only celebrity to offend a large group of people.
Let’s not forget when Michelle Williams sparked a major controversy by posing for a magazine dressed to mimic a Native American, donning long braids and feathers in her hair, or the time Paula Deen’s use of the n-word shut down her food empire.
This past November, Katy Perry received some negative comments for her Japanese-inspired set at the American Music Awards, and at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus got hell for her performance where many said she misappropriated black culture.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on Donald Sterling or Duck Dynasty.
I’m sure that Kardashian meant no harm with her use of the headdress, but I’d have to advise her (and all celebrities) to be a little (but really a lot) more careful about what they borrow, and especially say, about other cultures, communities, races, genders... you get what I'm trying to say.