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Michelle Williams' Native American Outfit On AnOther Magazine Causes Controversy!

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Michelle Williams's Native American outfit on AnOther magazine draws controversy

Her movie may be doing great, but Michelle Williams' AnOther magazine cover seemingly mimicking traditional Native American dress is stirring the controversy pot!

Several different outlets have accused the cover of being offensive to Native Americans, particularly because the actress has two long dark brown braids and wears a feathered necklace.

And though the pic is in black and white, there is an unmistakable ruddiness to the cheeks, which many feel depicts "Redface."

It also calls to mind similar controversies about this type of cultural appropriation, like at the Victoria's Secret show in December when Karlie Kloss was sent down the runway in lingerie and a huge feathered headdress.

Even though Michelle only has a few feathers on her outfit and is not wearing any revealing clothing, many feel that it is still just as disrespectful as the Victoria's Secret outfit.

We're sure offense wasn't meant, but offense doesn't have to be meant for offense to be taken, and stereotypical depictions of Native cultures can be very offensive indeed.

Neither AnOther magazine nor Michelle Williams have responded to the controversy.

What do U think of the cover — offensive or not so much???

[Image via AnOther]

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66 comments to “Michelle Williams' Native American Outfit On AnOther Magazine Causes Controversy!”

  1. 1

    OMG like you white people constantly stay trying to imitate the beauty of ISRAEL.
    Just DIE already.
    p.s. this stupid white bitch looks like a elaborate rich meth head.

  2. 2

    oh these people need to shut the fuck up and get over it

  3. Rose says – reply to this


    I love native Americans and I WISH I were. But if I want to honor that love by incorporating it into my fashion I will. God is red!! (great book, btw)

  4. 4

    Everything is offensive now..it's so annoying you can't do anything without the race card being pulled or someone getting offended. Complain about something more important like starving children or the prices of gas going up. The more people get offended the more race/culture become an issue. It shouldn't be an issue ever..

  5. Rose says – reply to this


    Re: The So Called Black Princess of ISRAEL – Surely you jest. Pray tell what fashion is that and I guarantee I will never wear it again.

  6. 6

    omg! people are insane. it's obvious that she's paying tribute to them, NOT making fun. get a grip!

  7. 7

    Do native Americans have exclusive rights to the use of braids and feathers? Lots of other cultures use them too. And native Americans use fashions from other cultures as well. Relax and maybe consider taking it as a compliment.

  8. lauren says – reply to this


    Re: Nikkicat85 – you know what's probably more annoying? being on the receiving end of racism. which has been going on far longer than people getting offended but what you deem not worth it.

  9. GetOverIt says – reply to this


    Oh my goodness people get over it already! I take it the same people getting offended over this picture must get offended at Halloween time too. Lots of little kids who are Indians for Halloween.

  10. 10

    Re: GetOverIt – soooo agree!

  11. 11

    What is the big freakin deal? I don't see anyone rippin Johnny Depps a$$ for playing Tonto.

  12. godo says – reply to this


    She is not indian, so this is wrong!!!

  13. Yomama says – reply to this


    It is understood that she is not dressed as a Native American but it does have the tone. People need to realize our culture isn't a fashion trend. Hipsters building teepees and walking around in moccasins is NOT fashion. (You look like idiots by the way) You have no idea what that means and how sacred it is. It's not about getting offensive it's about respect! Not just respecting Native American culture but respect ALL cultures!

  14. Chandler02 says – reply to this


    She is wearing a flannel and a jacket. A feather does not = native american. Feathers have been used in textiles for centuries all around the world. In some cases, I really see the outrage, but this is SILLY.

  15. Chandler02 says – reply to this


    Re: Yomama

    You are offended because it has the "tone" of Native American garments. REALLY? If a culture wants respect, you have to be reasonable. Get outraged when things are sincerely offensive, not just when you think you could take an item (feathers) that has been used all over the world for many centuries and blow it up into drama. Why you cry wolf, people stop paying attention.

  16. 16

    The art director knew better. Tacky.

  17. Matt says – reply to this


    I'm full blooded navajo and I don't really find it offensive but it's doesn't look good on her.. What with the jeans that sure ain't traditional native attire.. Lol but as for the Victoria secret situation it's very offensive .. Native women have respect and dignity.. So yeah , it was disgusting

  18. hay says – reply to this


    If people want equality in the world than they should stop trying to constantly seperate themselves by bitching about every little thing. native americans shouldnt be offended by this, they should be proud…proud that someone admires their cultural style enough to wear it on the cover of the magazine..there are no words or mimicing facial expressions or a depiction of an action scene being disrespectful toward them….How come white people cant bitch about being called white crackers and people making fun of them? I really am so over all the "poltically correct" bullshit. Yeah, there are rules, first off treat everyone equally, equal pay, equal respect, equal opportunities in schools, workplace, and EVERYWHERE, share, be kind to all people, dont say derogatory words or statements…etc..but come on this is nothing. move on people.

  19. 19

    I think the ugly outfit is insulting. If you're going to dress her as a Native American then do it right because you're bound to offend people anyway.

  20. cz says – reply to this


    why do they make such a big deal out of it, it's just an outfit, and they did wear such things. Relax, you can wear a cowboy costume and we won't get mad!

  21. zzz says – reply to this


    does anybody genuinely care about this or is the media just desperate to create some drama?

  22. 22

    Re: Nikkicat85 – Thanks I agree with you.
    By the way her outfit looks terrible to me, and I am strictly speaking from a fashion point of view, and not taking any sides for or against the Indians.

  23. Jessica says – reply to this


    Im white, my husband is Native American…hes experienced racism in his life. I shiwed him this and his exact words were,"She looks cool,am i missing something?" I said,"Does it offendyou?" he said "absolutely not" I personally think its a beautiful photo…it looks more like a compliment. and as for the "ruddiness" its kinda hard to depict an indian with pale white skin

  24. Trinty says – reply to this


    I have Native blood and I think it is offensive because she is not be betrayed as beautiful but sad and pitful. What is up with the dark eyes and cheeks? What was the purpose of the photo? What message are they trying to send. It is also offensive because she is a pale white blonde women dressing like a sad NAI.

  25. Ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: michellt

    actually, yeah, we do get offended around that time

  26. ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: hay

    i'm guessing you're white?

    white people haven't been oppressed the same way marginalized peoples have, so i don't expect you to see the value in being "politically correct" or as i like to call it "being polite".
    i don't want to be lumped together with someone who thinks they're changing the world by saying "we are all people we're all the same" ou, ground breaking. sooo anti racist.

    anti racism isn't about disassociating yourself from the word, its about making a real fucking difference. so if we're all equal, don't you think we all have a right not to be mocked for our cultural beliefs and outward appearance?

  27. ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: Jessica

    that's fine if he's not offended, but obviously he doesn't speak for everybody, and this article wouldn't be posted at all if it wasn't offensive. maybe he should find out why its offensive people, and then formulate an opinion, because obviously something escapes him.

  28. Char Smith says – reply to this


    I'm a full Native American. I see why it can be offensive. We don't dress like that anymore. Only for ceremonies and such but it's a sacred tradition. It's not for promotion or to sell.

  29. Char says – reply to this


    Re: hay – Native Americans have come a very long way and they have fought to keep their tradition. She is mocking the tradition. First she is not Native American, what we wear is a very sacred traction for us. I live on the reservation and my grandma would be very sad to see our traditional wear being promoted like that. Racism will always be here. I just don't like our traditional clothes being sold in stores or being displayed like that. We are not trying to distance ourselves but what we do and wear has a meaning and for people to just wear it because it looks cool, it hurts my feelings.

  30. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: ella121 – Guess what. Top five percent of white people have all the real wealth, and the rest are constantly oppressed and always were.
    Re: Yomama – I wore moccasins for years because of comfort and earth contact. I still have great feet that never hurt.

  31. 31

    Isn't it pretty racist to suggest another race cannot use your "style" and only native americans are allowed to dress native american? Can we tell blacks, hispanics, and native americans they can't wear skinny jeans and emo haircuts?

  32. Riciculous says – reply to this


    I am so sick of people getting so bent out of shape these days. It is FASHION and creating art. If you don't like it, don't look at it. It's simple. Find something better to do with your time rather than trying to regulate creativity and what people can and cannot wear.

  33. 33

    I'm part native american…this isn't offensive. No more offensive than Khloe Kardashian or Cher wearing a head dress. And to the people who say this is not inspired by native american, hello, theres paint on her face, long dark braids, feathers, and native jewelry..This is definitely native american inspired. I don't think it's very offensive. Now if she claimed that she was native american, THAT would be offensive because tho she may be a 16th Cherokee, she ain't a native.

  34. 34

    Re: NookiesWA – Your comment was dumb…How on earth is skinny jeans and dressing emo strictly for white people? It's not, it's just dressing like a skater/punk/etc.

  35. gern says – reply to this


    we have become a country of victicrats just waiting to be offended. waahhhh

  36. Jaymes says – reply to this


    Re: Nikkicat85
    Agree! I doubt a movie like Blazing Saddles would even be released these days. So sick of everyone being thin-skinned.

  37. Jaymes says – reply to this


    Re: Char
    You're such an idiot, you should be smacked in the face with a mackerel. So, when a woman dresses up in Oriental clothes, she's mocking Asians? I could go on about every ethnicity, but I'm not. I'm also a Choctaw Indian who is not at all offended. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, non?

  38. fid says – reply to this


    Pretty sure it's called blush and contouring! Didn't know wearing feathers and having braids in your hair was considered a Native Indian thing only? It's not like she's wearing a pochahontas outfit and doing a rain dance for fu*ks sake. Also, pretty sure fashion is about pulling from inspiration, just like when there was a big influx of Asian inspired clothing. Give me a break.

  39. 39

    Ugh! People are really just searching desperately for things to get offended over these days.

  40. RainbowBrite says – reply to this


    Getting sick of overly sensitive people. The same people who cry racism sit and mock other people too and thats the damn truth. I don't care what race you are, tell me you've never laughed at a joke deemed stereotypical.

  41. Kayy says – reply to this


    At the end of the day the "controversy" is giving it publicity so art director is genius on that note however… Could be seen as offensive since Europeans took there land n killed them off and call themselves American… Just saying. Me personally, not offended.

  42. 42

    Alright fashion police - fuck off! This is America damn it - we will wear whatever the hell we want to wear, and if that happens to include little tidbits :borrowed" from past OR present cultures - too bad, get over it and quit making a fuss. This was old 20 years ago you politically correct morons. What's truly funny is usually the folks complaining about misappropriating something from another culture don't even belong to said culture, they just feel the need to bitch about everything for the sake of bitching.

    She's wearing jeans and a flannel morons

  43. notyourtypicalLatina says – reply to this


    Re: Rose – ugh! how more ignorant can you be. Just shut the fuck up.

  44. sarah says – reply to this


    she looks stupid.

  45. blast you all says – reply to this


    What in the world is WRONG with you guys?
    What the hell did Michelle do? And how is this disrespectful towards First Nations people?
    You people just have nothing good to talk about, do you?

  46. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: gern – Exactomundo.
    Re: Jaymes – ROFL@mackerel.

  47. CatLover says – reply to this


    Re: cz – Because cowboys aren't a RACE OF PEOPLE.

  48. Kiki says – reply to this


    She is standing with a sullen model's face wearing stylized clothing. See how many magazine covers have the women staring soulfully into the camera with smoky eyes and humorless faces. If that is offensive does that mean as an Asian American I reserve the right to be offended whenever traditional asian clothing is used? Such as the vicorias secret geisha inspired line. Or how about when the Duggers dressed as geishas on their reality show. I think if someone loves the clothing and history of a culture and is inspired to create something their own, that should be praised. Today's world is global. Everyone is mixed together and connected. This separatism of that's my culture and only my culture is silly. Without shared cultures we wouldn't have much on the way of medicine, faster travel, or the Internet.

  49. Christ-ya says – reply to this


    Indians need to get the fuck over it and go spend their government checks or 'free money' on something that will make them happy.

  50. Heli says – reply to this


    Re: Christ-ya – I wish you'd say this to my face . To have an intellectual conversation with you. Go study. You sound so ignorant. What was given back was already theirs and its not even close to anything the gov. Can ever repay. The gov. Was a setup. Took all they got then made the natives dependent. Yet the last native warriors never backed down. Stood to the end. After all the lying whites did to their faces when natives attempted to get them to peace countless times. then the whites with their diseases and guns. should've taken on a native no guns and head on you would see who would come out alive. Check what land you're in in. If you're in California , welcome to native Mexico. Gov. Forgets that too !

  51. liz says – reply to this


    Re: Christ-ya – WOW you're a fucking moron. This land is rightfully theirs, you DUMBASS

  52. Curtis says – reply to this


    Well, seeing as Aboriginal peoples around the world can be categorized as the most racially abused in the current world, yes this is offensive. The braids, the feather, the simple jewelry, all has specific, powerful meaning to us. These are the small artifacts left behind from whitey coming over and demolishing our culture. So sorry we can't just "shut the fuck up and get over it". We have no culture. Get the fuck over that and stop dressing your white skanks like us - they'll never be as beautiful as our women anyways…

  53. Curtis says – reply to this


    PS We're not looking for your respect. We should already have it you dicks. Respect should not be treated as if money, you give me some, I'll give you some. Just fucking respect people, and they will respect you.

  54. Curtis says – reply to this


    Is Michelle Williams helping the natives that are missing the sides of their home because they can't afford firewood? Is she going up North and seeing how disgusting the reserves are? Is she donating money to help building up the reserves in her area? The native peoples are being abducted and murdered, starved and abandoned, homeless and uneducated. But no, go dress up like us for a fancy photoshoot, then go home and swim in money while we drown on our own land. Open your tiny minds or go kill yourself because you're really holding the rest of us back.

  55. Southern Julia says – reply to this


    i don't see the problem with it, i like it!

  56. Nate says – reply to this


    SO SICK OF THEIR SHIT! Fuck them Native savage fucks!

  57. So, says – reply to this


    Well I think most of you guys are ignorant to most indigenous problems. Even to the person that wrote this article, because this is a two part issue. What people are pissed off is about the content of the article more than her dress, her outfit is actually just fuel that was added on the fire from the comment she made about Native Americans. So most of you guys should get educated on this issue before addressing it, and what I mean is read what "white privilege" is. Then read about sovereignty, U.S and Indian Nations Treaty relationships history, and lastly the damn article! Just saying.

  58. Chenu says – reply to this


    Re: Nate – haha ignorance at its finest. The only savages there is are the whites that savaged the land

  59. ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: @v@ – that's a moot point

  60. ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: Kiki – i think someone who has a true passion or appreciation for another person's culture would have enough integrity to learn from the source not a cheap knockoff. correct me if i'm wrong, but i think that would be the best way to pay homage instead of following a stereotype that your own society created and manipulated

  61. ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: Nate – well said, with some highly intelligent and concise words. wouldn't expect anything more from a settler

  62. ella121 says – reply to this


    Re: Dubguy – this Mur-cain's got it right, folks, they don't take no shit from anybody, unless it's shameless appropriation and false stereotypes that would somehow make them feel better about their past and white privilege by ignoring the real people these issues are harming.

    just leave the american be and maybe no one will notice.

  63. ugh says – reply to this


    who cares what stupid white people think. you all think cultural appropriation is not a big deal or is meant to show respect even when you have no understanding of the culture. you can all eat a bag of dicks.

  64. Shansir Lee says – reply to this


    I'm Native American. Offended? NO. This seems more like a Hollywood view of Aboriginals to me. My ancestors did not walk around with feathers stuck in their hair and headbands either. When I look at this picture all I think is thanks for the awesome representation of Canada. Yes, it may be an incorrect depiction of Native Americans but with the combination of that and the flannel/jean combination (which to me represents our deep history of men logging in the bush as they built parts of Canada) equals Canada. So, I may offend others with this comment but all I think when I see this how our history is rich with culture and diversity.

  65. N8v Writer says – reply to this


    The cover is poorly thought out and I find it annoying. What's really offensive is most of the comments sections under various versions of this story.
    If the US had been invaded and taken over by another nation during WW II and the victors dressed up like slutty Lady Liberty every Halloween and mocked the pledge of allegiance at football games, claiming they were "honoring the brave fighting spirit" of the defeated Americans, you think you'd be so quick to "get over it?"

  66. N8v Writer says – reply to this


    Re: Nate – So… let me guess, you don't consider yourself a bigot?