Hilary Duff has issued a public apology after several social media users deemed her Halloween costume "racist" and "out of touch."
Duff attended the Casamigos Halloween Party in Beverly Hills Oct. 28 dressed as a pilgrim, USA Today reported. Her boyfriend, trainer Jason Walsh, donned a feather headdress and face paint to resemble a Native American.
A photo of the couple began circulating on Twitter. Several users found the couple’s costume choice offensive.
“Incredibly ignorant and disrespectful,” wrote one user.
“Why would you do that... Couldn't you choose something that isn't cultural appropriation?” wrote another. “Is it that hard?!”
Other Twitter users found the costume choice especially troubling because of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Those who oppose the pipeline believe it threatens the local water supply and calls for the destruction of sacred Native American sites.
But not everyone was offended by Duff’s costume choice.
“Honestly it's a costume, maybe a poorly chosen one, but a costume at that, we need to stop being so easily offended,” wrote one Twitter user.
“There's a football team named ‘Redskins’ that NA's aren't offended by but this on Halloween is a problem? I can't,” wrote another.
The couple has since apologized for their costumes.
“I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume,” Duff tweeted. “It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my (heart) sorry.”
“I meant no disrespect,” Walsh wrote on Instagram. “I only have admiration for the indigenous people of America. In hindsight I would not have made that decision. I apologize to anyone I may have offended.”
Headdresses have become a controversial costume choice over the years, with several people calling it an offensive appropriation of Native American culture. Actor Chris Hemsworth recently apologized on Instagram for wearing such a costume at a New Year’s Eve Party last year, People reported:
Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a ‘Lone Ranger’ themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.