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Khloe Kardashian Gets Backlash For Her ‘Kidchella’ Native American Headdress! Is It Disrespectful? Weigh In HERE!!!

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Some people will never learn!

For years, people have understood that wearing a Native American headdress as a fashion statement is NOT okay! But Khloe Kardashian either doesn’t care or missed the memo!

The 29-year-old reality TV star helped celebrate niece North West’s first birthday at ‘Kidchella’ on Saturday, and she looked beautiful! Unfortunately, she also felt the need to wear a headdress too.

Immediately, people started sounding off on her Instagram pic, which she captioned:

“Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!”

Sounds peaceful enough, but people were still offended. Some commenters stated that they were Native American and thought that this was a tribute to them, while others called it “disrespectful” and “disappointing.” One commenter said:

@ei8hty2z - “Appalled & feel so disrespected and I CAN say this because I’m a full blooded Native American! You’re only making yourself look like a fool! Smh……delete your photo. Everything we do and have and live as people has SO MUCH more meaning to it than what it may seem.”

We’re sure the teepees didn’t help matters either!

But even though people get criticized for wearing headdresses, they’re still doing it! So, we’re wondering what you Perezcious readers think…

Is Khloe’s headdress inappropriate???

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Is Khloe’s headdress inappropriate???

  • I’m not sure. (8%)
  • No. People are making it a big deal. (57%)
  • Yes! Obviously! (35%)

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60 comments to “Khloe Kardashian Gets Backlash For Her ‘Kidchella’ Native American Headdress! Is It Disrespectful? Weigh In HERE!!!”

  1. Emily says – reply to this


    I didn't think it was offensive until I read an article recently about Native beliefs etc.. I can see how if I was Native American… I could find it super offensive. Something that is a part of their culture being turned into someone's fashion statement. Now I find it pretty gross that people just keep doing it.

  2. Esin Emko says – reply to this


    It's not about actual racism - it's about the mere possibility that someone, somewhere, might be - God forbid! - 'offended'.
    Someone is always going to be offended about something…
    She's a f—ing idiot and stupidity can be offensive too.

  3. Barbara says – reply to this


    Not offensive to me…too much PC in the media. You make trouble when there is none.

  4. Rosemary says – reply to this


    Re: Barbara
    I agree

  5. shaygirl says – reply to this


    someone is always offended about something. PC is just a way to control speech. Its going around our first amendment rights. blacks have played that game, made money so now we see the Mexicans, Hispanics and Indians all jumping on the "im offended" band wagon. Where are the children at this fake birthday party for the cameras?

  6. 6

    I think everyone understands that no Native American truly runs around in head dresses, but it is a folkloric way of dressing. How is this offensive?

  7. KiwiCharlotte says – reply to this


    Really!? Of all the wildly offensive things Americans get away with, this is what you choose to make a fuss of? Get over yourselves, what a bunch of serious idiots.

  8. Rob says – reply to this


    I guess no one should smoke tobacco or shave their hair into a mohawk either. Afterall, that's also part of 'native culture'. Maybe i shouldn't use a tent either, they do seem to resemble native dwellings… What a joke.

  9. jan says – reply to this


    People need to chill. This is dumb to be upset about. If you are proud of your heritage and you follow your beliefs. ..that's all that matters. I am proud of who I am and where I come from. I honor my ancestors and learn from then. There was nothing done wrong …they were celebrating a child's birthday.

  10. 10

    The issue of headdresses has been in the news a lot recently. For Khloe to wear one now - knowing it is controversial - indicates that she did it just for the publicity. Lame.

  11. DawnDL says – reply to this


    As a Native myself, I'm somewhat offended. Why? These people have no respect whatsoever. Native Americans absolutely don't walk around like that everywhere. TO RESPECT A CULTURE IS TO LEARN ABOUT A CULTURE. They want to respect Native peoples, why not study their issues? Some reservations are so poor that most hope is gone. I bet most people don't know that there are 3 bedroom homes that house as much as 20 people. And why? Some tribal governments are horrible. There are many Native Americans in poverty. And our healthcare sucks which is why we get other insurance if we're lucky. Go watch a pow wow, attend a sweat ceremony, and research a little on beliefs before you put on a headdress. This is not okay.

  12. 12

    What I find more offensive is the fact that she knew she would get a lot of attention for this. I thought this was suppose to be a special day for North. It is a shame that her own Aunt has to try to steal the spotlight from her (that is her Mom's job).

  13. blueness says – reply to this


    Their entire business model relies on staying in the gossip columns. Hence the headdress. She knew it would get her name in places like this.

  14. Fitzzz says – reply to this


    She gets a pass,
    OJ has some Indian blood running through his veins

  15. Fitzzz says – reply to this


    She looks more Indian than Elizabeth Warren
    And Warren got a scholarship, plus a teaching job claiming her Native American heritage

  16. han says – reply to this


    oh please its a kids party.to children cowboys and Indians will always be.unil they learn from school,books and parents its fine.khloe was sitting nexto a teepee..they gave away expensive kids moccasins to the kids for heaven sake,,get over it..they had fun im sure~

  17. 17

    Does anyone else get the feeling this party was more for them (were they even there?) and their friends and family, than the child. Small children should have small parties, and then increase the number of guests as they get older.

  18. Cisco says – reply to this


    I'm offended that Robert Kardashian was dumb enough to produce this motley crew of attention seeking sluts.

  19. MichJB says – reply to this


    Its not that she's an attention whore or insensitive, she's just stupid.

  20. yes sir says – reply to this


    Its funny that the people who think that nothing is offensive and that people are too PC are white people. Of course they are not offended, co hey are too busy offended everyone who does not look like them.

  21. Golden says – reply to this


    Kids play cowboys and Indians because of Indian Movies and Freakin Peter Pan??? Rings a bell? Come on!! People are just trying to Attack them at this point…..

  22. North Dakota Native says – reply to this


    Yes it's very disrespectful, the Kardashians have no respect for people's culture. A headdress is used by our leaders and warriors. So if the Kardashians were to wear a hat that resembles the popes hat, our either any other cultures, religious and sacred items would be ok because it's for fashion. According to the Kardashians it is. This woman has been wearing things Native Americans use for religious purposes and are sacred to mock the culture. This shows that they are racist against our religion and culture and have no respect for themselves as well as other people.

  23. Sarah S says – reply to this


    I don't find it offensive but I can see how native americans would. I see a lot of girls wearing these though and the fact that Khloe dates men of different ethnicities shows that she is clearly not trying to be racist!!!

  24. PJ says – reply to this


    If she wants to d=celebrate a culture why not choose one that runs in North's veins? They are, after all, half Armenian.

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  26. Tk says – reply to this


    I don't see the big deal… native reservations out here in Arizona sell head dresses and play drum sets at the gas stations they own. If it was so sacred… why sell them at all for profit?

  27. D.Deschanel says – reply to this


    If it is disrespectful to Native Americans, so stop selling them at costume shops or which ever retail outlet if that matters. My Aunt bought me one, that was sold to her at a shop owned by a Native American and was selling related items for kids and adults. If it's disrespectful, simple don't sell it.

  28. Cesspooch says – reply to this


    The war bonnet or the headdresses just the same as military metals an ribbons you wouldn't disrespect them so why would you do the same it's a big deal because of respect not just racism

  29. avery says – reply to this


    Okay so I am no american or native american , but I don't understand why it is so offensive,just because its a native believe? why not wear them most of them are beautiful I am from the netherlands and were a 'famous' for our clogs, should I be offended is a not dutch person would wear them , are only native americans alowed to wear headresses?

  30. beach says – reply to this


    Done intentionally for attention for this stupid family and their stupid show with sinking ratings. What about that don't people get? People are really dumb. IT'S ALL FAKE. Get a clue.

  31. Dee says – reply to this


    ppl can do what the eff they want, get over it fgs, kids play cowboys and indians all the time, is that gonna get backlash and be banned soon?

  32. Kyle says – reply to this


    Is wearing blackface while eating watermelon and fried chicken "disrespectful?" There's your answer.

  33. ashley says – reply to this


    I don't care what your culture is, this isn't about your culture!!!! This is about a child, how could someone take something that is so precious and make it about themselves and their cultural views. As a parent I find her commenting on it more offensive than anything they could wear, she obviously doesn't have kids, or she would realize this had nothing to do with her darn culture and everything to do with a child turning one years old!!!

  34. so fed up says – reply to this


    How is wearing a head dress any different than someone dressing up like a nun or a priest on halloween??! Or any other religious garb that doesn't belong to them? No native american has earned the right to wear a headdress in at least half a century. Get over yourselves. Focus on something more important that is actually happening NOW!

  35. Allison says – reply to this


    I am Native American and I do find this slightly offensive. I think people are over reacting a little bit. To the person who said we don't wear head dresses anymore? We certainly do. Men wear them at powwows for traditional reasons. We take pride in our culture and what we have left after what was taken from us long ago. What if she painted her face black and pretended to be black? Same thing. I wonder if she would get offended if we made of the Armenians, or Albanians? I don't know which they are, but still.

  36. Susan says – reply to this


    ThE PC in America is just soooo ridiculous. People need to get over themselves. I don't care for the Kardashians in the least but this is so silly. If the headdress is soooo special why do they sell them to tourists? Oh, could it be, for MONEY?

  37. Allison says – reply to this


    Re: Allison – You know nothing about the culture. So why don't you just shut up. Just because you learned about us in history class dose not mean you know anything.

  38. Allison says – reply to this


    Re: Susan – I've never seen any reservation sell a headdress. Must be white people gift shops.

  39. Allison says – reply to this


    Re: so fed up – You know nothing about the culture. So why don't you just shut up. Just because you learned about us in history class dose not mean you know anything.

  40. Laryssa says – reply to this


    Re: Barbara – maybe not offensive to you. But it is to Native Americans.

  41. ryan says – reply to this


    Oh…so I guess I should get offended every time a native American wears Wrangler jeans. Give me a break.

  42. lisa says – reply to this


    I do not find a offensive. I would not be offended if somebody wore a sombrero. I also have no idea what means culturally to the Native Americans though.

  43. Sarah says – reply to this


    Re: ryan – Only if Wrangler jeans were a symbol with real, meaningful significance to our culture and way of life.

  44. Sarah says – reply to this


    Re: Susan – They don't… White tourist shop owners sell headdresses. If they told you that Native American's gave them to them to sell, you were seriously lied to.

  45. Acceptable Racism says – reply to this


    "People" are making it a big deal?
    Quick question: Why do elementary teachers catch heat for painting kids' faces dark brown during 'black history month', but when kids dress as Native Americans. it is said to be honoring native people????? THIS MAKES NO SENSE!!

  46. Jonathan Fox says – reply to this


    After studying how terribly we've treated native peoples in the United States and around the Americas, I find this pretty disrespectful. Not racist, not "not-pc". Here's an article that addresses the issue very well. And although it's not the point of the article, it shows how to have an actual discussion over an issue rather than immediately being offended for being called out on something you do or say.

  47. Jonathan Fox says – reply to this


    Re: Jonathan Fox – The article is called "An Open Letter to Non-Natives in Headdresses". Google it and maybe learn something about appreciation of cultures.

  48. Amber says – reply to this


    WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL RACIST??? It is 2014 and people act like they are stupid. I have native friends and they get hurt when we read this stuff at school. they dky people tell them to shut up or to quit crying. they just don't like racism. wow ppl.

  49. Lorena says – reply to this


    Sorry, if anyone has actually been to Coachella there are people wearing Native America headdresses.
    I think it should be looked at as more of a compliment than a bash. Its something beautiful that people want and spend lots of money on.

  50. n8v says – reply to this

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  52. Just a girl says – reply to this


    Re: jan – I'd be okay with anyone wearing moccasins, sporting a rad Mohawk, or smoke tobacco if they chose to. The headdress is only offensive because it really is a very sacred garment for native people. There's a story with it. moccasins are comfy. Mohawks was just a fashion of hairstyle. My ancestors actually sported mullet type hairdos. lol. and tobacco is different. Because medicine men in the tribe grow certain types and bless them for ceremonial purposes. which honestly, if you wanted to be a part of you could. I just don't understand why it is okay for people to dress like my race and no others. Anyway..have a solid day. :)

  53. me too!! says – reply to this


    Re: so fed up – I honestly think dressing up as a nun is disrespectful. I would never do that. But there are still chiefs. My bestfriend is a chief. He has to run his life a certain way. He is not allowed to think or do a lot of things in his life because of this honor. He's a really good guy. Anyway… hope you see more of why. Have a good day. :)

  54. wow says – reply to this


    Re: shaygirl – Do you HEAR how racist you sound?????

  55. Native person says – reply to this


    Re: avery – Hi Avery! Nice to meet you. I've never been to the Netherlands, even though I have friends from all over the globe. I'm native..and I wear moccasins. If you wanted to sport of pair of moccasins, I'd say go right ahead. They're comfy. :) The headdress really is a very respected and high honor within tribes. Passed down from generation to generation. A man who wears the headdress as a very important role for his people. It's a lot to explain. Anyway..hope we can chat sometime.

  56. really says – reply to this


    Re: ryan – You're missing the point and that's sad.

  57. Christine says – reply to this


    Ok, given the entire nature of this site and the demograph of it's audience (I confidently assume) I am COMPLETELY unsurprised that there would be more votes for "People are making a big deal out of it". Fucking ignorant hive minds.

  58. 58

    All I really want to add here is the following:
    THEY ARE NOT INDIANS- They are not form India, nor have they ever been from India.
    We need to stop this stereotype being passed down generation after generation. You really should not continue to use such an oppressive word. I know in the states you like to call them "American Indians" but honestly sticking America in front of it does not magically fix the error. They are Aboriginals (or at least here in Canada they are), or Native American. Just because one man landed on North American soil when he thought it was Indian soil does not mean you all must spread his careless mistake onto the next generation. In my mind Indian is just as bad as the n word, both groups have been oppressed, mistreated, hunted, and taken advantage of so why is it okay for you to say one and not the other? And for those who will no doubtingly ask how they were taken advantage of, if you live in the states you're living on their land which some white men killed, raped, and murdered their people for. Then put the rest of their people all onto a sectioned out pieces of land that no one else wanted to live on the rest of their lives. If that happened in any other country in this day and age yours would be the first sending in army's to stop it.

  59. kiki says – reply to this


    This is very offensive. It makes mockery of serious gatherings such as FUNERALS, powwows, ceremonies, etc. I wonder what people would say if she wore a turban. Respecting other peoples culture is fundamental and using headdresses as a fashion statement-with no purpose- is mockery to another persons culture. Coming from a native american who would never even do that for fashion because I respect my elders.

  60. pikuni chick says – reply to this


    The warbonnet warn is not just a folklore costume its is very much still a part of our culture today it is a symbol of honor worn by our chief's and Respected elders. They are meant for MEN not woman and its offensive to see hipsters wear them and pose in pics with cigs in their mouth and bottles of jack daniels… I am sure Khloe didn't know this and I appreciate her acknowledging that.