Pamela Anderson accused of 'cultural appropriation' after wearing Native American headdress in Halloween photo
The actress marked Halloween by sharing a throwback picture from 2015 where she was seen sporting only white underwear and a feathered headdress
Pamela Anderson, 52, has been slammed by activists after sharing throwback pictures that showed her sporting a traditional Native American headdress.
The actress marked Halloween by sharing a throwback picture from 2015 where she was seen sporting only white underwear and a feathered headdress. The pictures had been taken as part of a collaboration with photographer Laurie Stark. Anderson captioned the image with a quote from French-Cuban American diarist Anaïs Nin.
It seemed as though Anderson was suggesting that she had moved ahead since the pictures were clicked around four years ago.
She wrote, "Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul, you create suffering. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."
However, fans criticized her and claimed that the pictures appropriated indigenous cultures. They also slammed Anderson for sporting the feathered headdress and said that it contradicted her animal rights activism. One fan wrote, "This is really disappointing & racist, Pam, I thought you were better than this."
Another user added, "Pamela… please no. Like I genuinely respect you, you have broadly good politics and should really know better."
However, a few people did support Anderson and said that she was only dressing up for Halloween.
After being slammed for cultural appropriation, she took to Twitter to tweet an article titled 'The Illogic of Cultural Appropriation' written by law professor Mike Rappaport. In the article, he had written, "the criticisms about cultural appropriation turn out to be inconsistent with essential aspects of the greatness of a free society. These criticisms are an attempt to prevent people from the generally beneficial process of modifying and mixing cultural practices, all in the name of group rights."