In true Kardashian family style not even North West's first birthday party could pass without controversy — but this time, the tot's parents aren't feeling the backlash. Kim and Kanye West celebrated their daughter's milestone over the weekend with a "Kidchella"-themed bash that included a Ferris wheel, a bounce house, and a smattering of teepees. And that's where all the trouble began… for Khloé Kardashian.
The 29-year-old aunt posed in front of one of the teepees, sitting cross-legged and sporting a Native American headdress replete with feathers.
"Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!" she captioned the colorful snap.
Though Khloé looks rather peaceful (and almost meditative) in the shot, the moment she posted it on Instagram, angry comments began rolling in.
"Our culture isn't a fashion statement, I do not wish to waste my time arguing with people too ignorant to understand that. You should be ashamed @khloekardashian," commenter ncholewa11 lamented.
"Headdresses and teepees should not be used as party decorations in the first place!" Instagram user Amanda Baldwin argued. "Those of us who disagree with this photo are tired of seeing headdresses, signs of honor and respect in our history and culture, being used as a 'fashion' accessory!"
Commentor luv_latisia noted not only Khloe's headdress, but also her pose. "She is COMPLETELY disrespecting our culture by sitting there in a meditation pose... What Native American tribe is known to meditate? And since when did honoring become imitating?"
But Khloé is hardly the first famous face to get blasted for wearing Native American garb — in fact, she's in good company.
Back in 2012, No Doubt caused controversy when the band's music video for "Looking Hot" featured a cowboys-and-Indians theme. Then in 2013, Michelle Williams posed for AnOther magazine dressed as a Native American with dark, long braids, which also sparked a fair share of drama. And just a few weeks ago, Pharrell Williams incited serious backlash (and the hashtag #NOTHappy) when he traded his signature Mountie hat for a Native American headdress on the July cover of Elle U.K. (We think we see a pattern here...)
Though apologies were issued in all three of those cases, Khloé doesn't seem like she's going to follow suit. Rather than express any regrets, the reality star followed up her photo with a message for her haters: "You're still going to get criticized, so you might as well do whatever the f--k you want."
There was no immediate comment from the National Congress of American Indians, which tends to weigh in on such matters of culture appropriation, but something tells us plenty of others will continue to do the commenting for them.
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