'Thor' Star in Trouble for Racist Picture
Chris Hemsworth is in deep trouble with his fans.
The Marvel star was photographed at a New Years' Eve party dressed for a 'Wild West' theme. Unfortunately the actor chose to dress in a stereotypical 'Native American' costume, which made some of his fans very unhappy. You can see the photo below (via instagram): What's the big deal?
One commenter (taylornicholio) outlined thier concerns, citing a lack of understanding of their culture and traditions as a reason why this made them so uncomfortable: "I am coming to you as a native woman, who grew up on the reserve, I speak tsalagi fluently, I partake in our cultural events, I sit on a lower board, I spent my summer helping little ones with their jingle dresses. I am QUITE aware that they are made poorly. I also can identify by a quick look four symbols, only used by elders, and in such sacred ceremonies as passings, that they should not be wearing. Like the adi star... You should listen to the culture. You should come to a powwow. You should come understand that every god damn bead and pattern is hand sewn to mean something. I can't even wear a war bonnet they are so sacred. I'm not sure why this is so hard to understand. Maybe because you grew up in a culture where you're used to it being portrayed this way. Maybe one day enough of us will be heard that you'll see it hurts us, we shake our heads, we ask people to stop, on deaf ears. Just because it's a party to you doesn't mean it's a party for us. You can't scream equality and the end of cultural appropriation and do crap like this. I do not get offended easily. When it comes to things of this matter, I remember the heart break in my grandfather's eyes as he read the article about Victoria Secret model drag a headdress on the runway. If you can't understand the importance to us, the conversations over. My hand is out reached if you ever want to actually learn and understand why we ask this to end." While a lot of people dismissed their concerns as trivial, one question they asked really stood out: "If it's just a costume to you guys why can't you let it go and just stop?" The issue has come up over and over again.
In regards to Halloween costumes, sports teams, fashion shows, concerts... and often the argument feels the same. It's often derailed ("why do you care about this when x is so much worse") or dismissed ("it's just fun, let it go") but at the end of the day, what does it really cost anyone to give up these kinds of costumes? Especially when there's so many awesome superheroes to choose from, it seems strange that we're not willing to let these caricatures go. Instead of dissecting the feelings of strangers, or blaming them for feeling hurt, what does it cost us to examine our own feelings and figure out why we're so attached to these stereotypical costumes?