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Racist? See the Controversial Victoria’s Secret Outfit Yanked

Posted by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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Native American controversies have become something of a running theme of 2012, it seems. After it was revealed that newly-elected Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) claimed such heritage on a number of college and job applications, she was even dubbed “Fauxcahontas” by some in the media.

Warren’s tall tales ended up not bothering the majority of Massachusetts residents, but there’s a new Native American controversy on the horizon– and it’s from the last place you would expect.

The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Yes, the well-known supplier of women’s garments is under fire for an outfit inspired by Native American heritage, with some shouting cries of “racism.”

Model Karlie Kloss was seen in the fashion show last week with a massive headdress that reached the floor, turquoise jewelry, animal print clothing and tasseled heels.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Victorias Secret Fashion Show Under Fire for Native American Karlie Kloss Outfit

(Photo: Getty Images)

Victorias Secret Fashion Show Under Fire for Native American Karlie Kloss Outfit

(Photo: Getty Images)

“Use of the symbols, [culture], art, traditional dress of a culture you don’t care enough to learn about is EXPLOITATION,” one Huffington Post commenter vented. Another added: “Not only is our Sacred Wabonnet being paraded by a bone thin model wearing a smile and [leopard] underwear, the Squash [Blossom] necklace she wears is Sacred to the Dine Navajo people… Genocide and assimilation continues. We are looking for a heartfelt public apology from VS.”

It wasn’t long before Victoria’s Secret did just that, not only apologizing but pulling the look from future broadcasting and advertisements.

The company said in a statement on Sunday, via The Huffington Post:

“We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone. Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way.”

Do you think the uproar is understandable, or are people starting to cry “racist” a little too often?

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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Ridiculous, OFF WITH HER SCALP!!! lol.... 


itsmesteph11
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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 I saw this.  How lame to be upset about this and doubly lame to apologise. 

mnmomusa
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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People definitely cry racism too often.  I think the most ironic part is when talking about Obama on here.  Anytime someone posts something negative about him, someone mentions his race.  But guess who mentions it, not the anti Obama people, it's the lefties with the whole "you just say that cause he's black"

autodidact
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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then these are no big deal either, right? 

imamomzilla
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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 Something tells me that anyone offended by the "bone thin model", looks a little like this...? :

mnmomusa
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM


Quoting autodidact:

then these are no big deal either, right? 

Not to me, but I'm not religious.

imamomzilla
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

 My 12 y.o. son came in to say goodnight and peeked over my shoulder...all he could see was the second image and goes: "Who's that...Christina Aguilera?"

rolling on floor

I'm a Christian, and not offended. Tacky, but Free Speech.

Quoting mnmomusa:

 

Quoting autodidact:

then these are no big deal either, right? 

Not to me, but I'm not religious.

 

mnmomusa
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM
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Quoting imamomzilla:

 My 12 y.o. son came in to say goodnight and peeked over my shoulder...all he could see was the second image and goes: "Who's that...Christina Aguilera?"

rolling on floor

I'm a Christian, and not offended. Tacky, but Free Speech.

Quoting mnmomusa:


Quoting autodidact:

then these are no big deal either, right? 

Not to me, but I'm not religious.

 

LOL, now that I look again it really does look like in the face.  Funny

autodidact
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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that's my take on the VS use of the headdress. not racist, precisely, but tackly and showing a lack of respect and cultural sensitivity. 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 My 12 y.o. son came in to say goodnight and peeked over my shoulder...all he could see was the second image and goes: "Who's that...Christina Aguilera?"

rolling on floor

I'm a Christian, and not offended. Tacky, but Free Speech.

Quoting mnmomusa:


Quoting autodidact:

then these are no big deal either, right? 

Not to me, but I'm not religious.

 





_Kissy_
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM
She looks like Wilma Flinstone and Geronimo's love child
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