Pamela Anderson is slammed for cultural appropriation – News Live


Pamela Anderson has been criticized by activists after sharing throwback photos showing her in a traditional Native American headdress  To mark Halloween, the actress, 52, shared the 2015 black and white photos in which she donned only white underwear and the feathered headwear  The photos are from a collaboration with photographer Laurie Stark, taken to benefit Native American activist Leonard Peltier as his lawyers fought to have him released from prison   In her caption, which quoted French-Cuban American diarist Anaïs Nin, Pamela appeared to be suggesting she had moved on in the four years since the images were taken ‘Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul— you create suffering,’ she wrote ‘Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it This is a kind of death.’ Share this article Share But fans quickly tweeted their indignant responses to the images, claiming that they appropriated indigenous cultures They also put her on blast for the feathered headdress, claiming it went against her animal rights activism     People of Native origin responded with variations of ‘We’re a culture not a costume,’ while others called the photos racist and white-washing native culture  ‘This is really disappointing & racist Pam, I thought you were better than this,” one user wrote, while another added ‘Pamela… please no ‘ They continued: ‘Like I genuinely respect you, you have broadly good politics and should really know better ‘Some fans did support the former Playboy model in the comments with one saying ‘good lord people relax she was just dressing up for Halloween ‘ Leonard Peltier was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in 1977, after a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975 left two FBI agents dead He provided multiple alibis and doubts still remain about his guilt and the fairness of the trial Barring clemency, parole or a successful appeal he will be in prison indefinitely   The photos which sparked the controversy showed Pamela in two different poses, one with her chest covered in white paints, her hair in a bun and holding the white feathered headdress in one hand  While the other, she walked up stairs, looking back at the camera over her shoulder, as the intricate head wear flowed behind her  The day after sharing the controversial costume she shared more photos in bed and seemingly responded to the backlash  ‘I painted my life . I’m still here I’m not bitter, I can breathe I am free I am engaged in the world,’ she wrote ‘I care about others I am an artist I like to remind myself I’m doing ok – I fight every day ‘ After fans and activists slammed the star for cultural appropriation, she doubled down on the costume choice, tweeting an article titled ‘The Illogic of Cultural Appropriation’ by law professor Mike Rappaport  In the article he writes, ‘the criticisms about cultural appropriation turn out to be inconsistent with essential aspects of the greatness of a free society These criticisms are an attempt to prevent people from the generally beneficial process of modifying and mixing cultural practices, all in the name of group rights ‘ People of Native descent, as well as other cultures, have been fighting back against the use of their ceremonial gowns as dress up costumes The one claim Anderson directly responded to was that of her opposition to seal hunting, made in the comments  She directly responded to a fan who wrote ‘and she’s against the seal hunt #racism ‘To which the actress said ‘It’s barbaric and unsustainable.There are other ways to stay true to tradition – saving the environment ‘Seal hunting is only legal in nine countries and one region of Denmark, in Canada the Inuit (native to Canada, Alaska and Greenland) were the largest population of seal hunters and skin sellers  As countries banned and limited the activity, the average income of an Inuit seal hunter fell from $53,000 to just $1,000 and suicide rates rose, according to CBC   

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