Onlookers and some of her peers called her out while Moore claimed she was simply celebrating her legacy.
Kenya Moore was accused of diving headfirst in the pool of cultural appropriation during the Halloween episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Sunday.
While the costumes for the evening ranged from astronauts to mermaids, it was Kenya’s looks that really got people talking. Although Bravo called it an “Indian” in the lower third, Moore herself described her feathered headdress and her light brown fringed dress as a “warrior princess”. Nobody called her in the face, but in the confessionals the ensemble was definitely a topic of conversation.
“Kenya’s Native American costume is super problematic, but I’m not trying not to pucker up feathers for this girls’ trip,” said Drew Sidora. “It seems like I’m the only one who sees the problems with Kenya Moore’s decisions.”
Porsha Williams meanwhile added, “She’s a Native American warrior. I thought we weren’t going to do this anymore. I knew this girl was crazy, but add lameness to the list, add Wack to the list.”
Her gaze reappeared in one of Bravo’s after-show clips in which Williams elaborated a little more about her problems with the costume. “Someone was fully dressed, from head to toe, in cultural appropriation,” she said, “how often do you have to ask us not to wear this? How often? From head to toe, just dripping.”
LaToya Ali said she couldn’t believe the outfit before Kandi Burruss defended her costar.
“I didn’t think anything of it. If I think she’s an Indian princess, she thinks it’s a nice thing,” said Kandi. “I don’t think she was wearing the costume to mock anyone. I think she thought it was a beautiful costume, a mark of a leader, someone to look up to not to make fun of anything. I don’t think she did, it’s a joke to be mean. “
Ali said she could agree to that.
The topic reappeared on “Watch What Happens Live”, where Andy Cohen asked Drew what she thought of the “culturally insensitive” crowd and if anyone had confronted her at the party.
“Nobody said anything. I think we talked about it afterward, but I was done. It was like what you said Andy, it was culturally immature, irresponsible, but I’m not going to pucker,” Sidora explained. “Me and Kenya, we had our conversation, I’m just trying to have a good time, I’ll keep my mouth shut. Sometimes you have to know when to speak and when not to speak.”
Also part of my legacy #RHOA https://t.co/EP4gzrswmp
– KENIA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) March 22, 2021 @KenyaMoore
Though she didn’t address any of her peers’ comments, Moore responded to one of the many viewers she called on social media – simply saying the costume was “part of my legacy too.”
However, that explanation still did not agree with the people in the responses.
If it were your inheritance at all, you would know not to wear this !!!
– Tanys Wiedrick @ (@tannyoman) March 22, 2021 @tannyoman
Then you would know that the headgear is only for sacred ceremonial dance, not Halloween. Why don’t you ask your heritage how offended they are at its being used on costumes? I mean, Indians have only been saying it for over 10 years !!
– ReadAndShade (@ReadAndShade) March 22, 2021 @ReadAndShade
What did she call her costume? Warrior princess ??
She has to cut the bull.
– 404Lo (@ 404_MyCity) March 22, 2021 @ 404_MyCity
You know that she is not accountable for anything and is never wrong. It’s other people’s fault all the time. That’s why it’s so popular … sarcasm, of course
– Rita (@RitaRita_I_am) March 22, 2021 @RitaRita_I_am
For more stars who have been shouted for their offensive Halloween costumes in the past, see below:
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