Kenya Moore has apologized for wearing a Native American costume for a Halloween party in Real Housewives of Atlanta (Picture: Bravo)
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore has apologized for dressing as an indigenous person for a Halloween soiree on the latest episode of the Bravo series.
The reality star came under fire after the show aired on Sunday night, with many viewers accusing the 50-year-old of cultural appropriation due to her insensitive choice of costume.
Taking to social media on Tuesday, the Bravo star shared an apology statement which read: ‘I want to sincerely apologize for inappropriately wearing the Native American headdress as a costume.
‘I now realize that this was both disrespectful and insensitive and would never have done it if I had that knowledge and understanding beforehand.’
She continued: ‘I regret it. When you know better, you do better. I am genuinely sorry.’
Her public apology came after nonprofit initiative called IllumiNative led the charge against Moore and Bravo for using ‘costumes that mock Native peoples.’
The star claimed she had not been aware of how the costume could be seen as ‘disrespectful’ (Picture: Bravo)
In a lengthy Instagram statement, they wrote: ‘We are deeply disturbed by last night’s episode of #RHOA in which @thekenyamoore wore a Native American ‘warrior princess’ costume.
‘Costumes that mock Native peoples, defame our traditions and cultures, and perpetuate negative stereotypes are racist. “Playing Indian” is a form of mascotry that is not just offensive, it is part of a long history of how Native peoples have been dehumanized.’
The activist group, created and led by Native Americans, added that they are ‘incredibly concerned’ that none of the producers or executives at Bravo, Comcast or NBC Universal, Bravo’s parent company, intervened.
Indeed, the episode saw some of Kenya’s co-stars point out the inappropriate choice of her costume.
Drew Sidora said in a confessional interview that the costume was ‘super problematic’, while Porsha Williams added: ‘I thought we weren’t doing that no more.’
The backlash led Bravo to write a comment in response to IllumiNative as they stated: ‘Bravo aims to have the highest standards of respect and inclusivity and we recognize that the recent episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, in which a cast member wears a Native American costume did not uphold those values.
‘We had hoped it would provide a teachable moment, however in retrospect it is clear that the network did not address this properly given the gravity of the situation.’
The network added: ‘We apologize to both the Native American community and our audience as a whole.’
Credit: Original article published here.