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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

5 Headdress-Wearing Musicians Who Need to Stop

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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Yesterday, Montreal's Osheaga Festival announced that Native American headdresses would not be permitted inside its grounds this year. "The First Nations Headdresses have a spiritual and cultural meaning in the native communities," Osheaga's Facebook page states, "and to respect and honor their people, Osheaga asks fans and artists attending the festival to not use this symbol as a fashion accessory."

Yes. Remarkably, it turns out that, despite years of vocal protests directed at the non-indigenous people who choose to wear, trivialize, and disrespect the traditions of Native communities, there are still gigantic piles of (usually white) dumbasses all over the place, who just refuse to acknowledge the memo. This isn't just a fuck up indulged by the likes of Khloe KardashianParis Hilton, and Alessandra Ambrosio either — musicians are still making this mistake over and over again. 

Here are five recent offenders:

David Guetta
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In one of the more flagrant displays of cultural insensitivity we've ever seen, David Guetta threw a video up on Facebook earlier this month of himself, bikini models, and pasty-clad dancers ALL wearing the headdress and — but of course! — carrying around a big plastic totem pole on the beach. The promo clip (still on Facebook) for the F*** Me I'm Famous! night he's hosting in Ibiza this summer, is a cringe-worthy exercise in racism and stupidity that has prompted his page to get bombarded with messages of objection, fury, and cries of cultural appropriation. His response to the upset? Forty-two brand new photos that simultaneously insult Native Americans and objectify women. Please don't ever come back to America, you insufferable dick.    

Jessica Simpson
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Yes, yes, we know. She doesn't even know the difference between chicken and tuna fish, but we'd kind of hoped that by the time she'd reached 35 years old, Jessica Simpson might have learned a thing or two about life. Here she is last week, at her birthday party, wearing a warbonnet and grinning away like each of those feathers on her head isn't supposed to have been awarded for a specific act of bravery on the battlefield. Well done, Jessica: another in a long line of 'WTF?!' moments for you to nonchalantly shrug off later.

Susan Boyle
The Britain's Got Talent singer showed up to Scotland's T in the Park festival last Sunday, proudly wearing a headdress and posing for photos, grinning. As a Scottish person, it's possible that she just doesn't have the grasp on American history that she could... but that would be ignoring the fact that England's (very geographically close) Glastonbury Festival banned the sale of headdresses on site this year. Shouldn't Boyle have PR people to help her with this stuff by now?

Pharrell Williams
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It's hard to know what to do with Pharrell. One day, he's spreading sunshine all over the world with "Happy", the next he's defending the rapiest anthem music has produced in years. God knows what he was thinking when he let (presumably) an Elle stylist do this to him last year, but, after he had, he did at least have the good grace to apologize for the faux pas. "I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture," he said after a minor outcry. "I am genuinely sorry."

Ellie Goulding
Last Halloween, Ellie Goulding posted a photo of herself in full Native American regalia on Instagram, accompanied — in a positively forehead-slapping moment — by the word "Chief". The English singer quickly took it down after fans objected to the pic, but left this close-up one online:
  • Instagram / Ellie Goulding
Hey Ellie! You know we can still see you, right? The singer took to Twitter to defend her clothing choices and deny that her outfit was a Halloween costume. "I wore that beautiful unauthentic headpiece for about 5 minutes," she said. "I haven't worn my costume for Halloween yet."
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