Is Actress Michelle Williams racist for dressing like this?
Oz The Great and Powerful actress Michelle Williams has been accused of racism after dressing as a Native American for a British magazine called AnOther. As you can see the pic shows her in long braids, beads and with a feather in her hair. The cover went viral as blogs labelled it 'offensive', 'racist' and 'sterotypical' and demanded an apology.
A New York online magazine Refinery29 said 'We can't believe how offensive Michelle Williams' latest cover is. They added super-long, thick, black extensions and braided them — and darkened her eyebrows. Then there's the makeup. The photo is in black-and-white, so you can't tell for sure if they've altered her normally fair skin, but there is some definite contouring around the nose and the cheekbones that not only makes her look nearly unrecognizable, but also appears to mimic the stark relief of facial features often seen in early portraits of Native American women.'
Jezebel says. 'Am I glad that unlike most racist, stereotypical caricatures of American Indians in pop culture today, Michelle is not practically naked? Yes — but just as Blackface is never okay, Redface is never okay. Ever.
The Huffington Post writes, 'While not everyone might be offended, there have been all too many instances of fashion professionals ruffling feathers with ill-conceived Native American-inspired projects.'
I don't think she owes anyone an apology and see nothing wrong with the picture. What do you think?