It's 2016, and you'd think most people would know by now that certain Halloween costumes are going to cause backlash – especially if you're dressing up as someone from another culture.
Unfortunately, Hilary Duff and her new boyfriend, Jason Walsh, are the latest celebrity couple to make the mistake. The pair dressed up as a Native American chief and a sexy Pilgrim for the Casamigos Halloween party on Friday night.
And it wasn't just the fact that Duff and her boyfriend are caucasian dressing up as Native Americans – their costumes were even more problematic due to the history between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Some Twitter users were not happy, calling the pair's costumes "insensitive" and "ignorant," with many wondering why the actress just didn't know better.
Hey @HilaryDuff while your boyfriend wears a Native American costume tonight several Natives are being released from custody in North Dakota— Eric Janvier (@ClassicJanvier) October 30, 2016
@HilaryDuff why the offensive costumes? I like you...so very disappointing. Surely you know better.— Jill (@jillythewriter) October 29, 2016
Duff isn't the first and likely won't be the last celebrity to blindly wear an offensive party costume. Just last week, Chris Hemsworth publicly apologized for dressing up as a Native American for a Lone Ranger-themed New Year's Eve party last year. Thankfully, Duff has also seen the error in her ways, and she took to Twitter to send her sincerest apologies to those she offended with her insensitive costume.
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 also made a public apology, writing on Instagram that he has "only admiration for the indigenous people of America," adding that in hindsight he would not have worn that costume.
The controversial nature of the new couple's costumes overshadowed the fact that this was their first public appearance together as an item. Duff started dating Walsh, a trainer, after divorcing her husband of three years.
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