Hilary Duff is apologizing for a couples Halloween costume she wore to a party in Beverly Hills on Friday.
The “Younger” star dressed up as a pilgrim next to her boyfriend, trainer Jason Walsh, who was dressed up as a Native American, decorated with a headdress and face paint.
I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume.It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my ❤️sorry.
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) October 30, 2016
Walsh took to Instagram to post his own apology: “I meant no disrespect. 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.”
The costume comes at an especially awkward time, as Native Americans and sympathizers coming from around the world are busy protesting the North Dakota pipeline being built through sacred land on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
— Jawn Snow (@KrissiScribbles) October 29, 2016
— fadumo (@faaaadumo) October 29, 2016
@HilaryDuff our culture is not a costume!!
This is why militia are attacking the people at Standing Rock protecting water for all !
— Lynn (@shanemorash1) October 30, 2016
The Hollywood couple is not the first to apologize for wearing an offensive costume, and probably won’t be the last, as it seems to be an annual occurrence.
In 2013, Julianne Hough dressed up as Crazy Eyes from “Orange is the New Black” and, unfortunately, decided blackface was essential. More recently, country star Jason Aldean dressed up as Lil Wayne in 2015 and, you guessed it, also decided blackface was appropriate. “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth was also blasted for ringing in the New Year at a costume party, where he dressed up as a Native American.
Here is some of the reaction to the costume after pictures spread on social media over the weekend.
— Bre (@AmazingLackey) October 29, 2016
— Sirius Black (@LkjonesSOC) October 29, 2016
dang it, hilary duff. i thought you were one of the good ones.
— cardad wentz (@hakstols) October 29, 2016
There’s also those who are more bothered by all the people bothered by the costume.
Hillary Duff is being criticized as a privellaged white person for dressing up as a pilgrim…. Are you kidding me?
— David Ogas (@FunkyFresh_Ogas) October 30, 2016
Who cares if Hillary Duff dressed up like a like a pilgrim. I hate all these people who are professionally offended by everything
— Sierra Rose (@Sierra_PrimRose) October 31, 2016
Why is this Hillary Duff costume a story? Y'all get offended by everything omfg let them live
— Kody ???? (@Xenistro) October 31, 2016
Hillary Duff is making news for dressing as a pilgrim and Native American for Halloween with her boyfriend. If that offends you, leave.
— El Niño Chulo (@ThaKingHimSelf) October 31, 2016
The Internet slams Hillary Duff for wearing offensive native American themed outfit but shows no action to protect native Americans.
— Tony Adams (@TweetTonyAdams) October 31, 2016