Florence Pugh apologizes for past cultural appropriation: ‘Black, Indian, Native American and Asian cultures are constantly used’ – Hollywood
Little Woman star Florence Pugh has issued a detailed apology reflecting her previous works of cultural appropriation, including tying hair into “rows of corn” and getting mehndi tattoos. The 24-year-old actor’s three-page statement comes after the murder of George Floyd, and his comments said the last four weeks had been “huge” in terms of understanding and accepting white privilege.
Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed last month by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“The world is trying to change and I am learning a tidal wave of information that was clearly there, but I was always clueless. I have tried my best to learn, pass on what I have learned on others and certainly echo the voices of those who do not have a platform to share their knowledge.
The Oscar-nominated actor wrote that his past eyes first fell on his fans, when he took a picture at the age of 17, which he posted himself. Pugh described the picture as an example of “Rastafarian cultural appropriation”.
According to the Oxford Learners Dictionary, the term ‘cultural appropriation’ refers to the customs and traditions of a particular group or culture being copied or used by someone from a more influential group in society.
“I hung my hair and painted a bean with the colors of the flag of Jamaica and went to a friend’s house, proud of my Rastafarian construction. Then I posted about it the next day with a caption, which combined the song with Shaggy’s song ‘Boombastic’, “the actor said.
“I feel ashamed of a lot of things in those few sentences,” Pugh admitted. He said it was “cruel” to forget about the photo, for eight years he said “he had no idea how angry he was,” he said.
She said that her white privilege allowed her to “go far and not”, adding that she was initially “proud” of her braided hairstyle. Pugh shares another example from his childhood when he befriended an Indian woman who owned a shop in her native Oxford, England, with clothes, jewelery, mehndi and more.
She said the owner was “excited” to share her culture with her and the actor was equally on board to learn. “There was not a summer where I had not hennaed my hands, feet, hands and feet of my family – I was obsessed.” But henna soon became a trend, with major makeup brands discontinuing their versions of henna sets. She said that no one cared about the origins, a culture being “misused for profit”, adding that she somehow felt embarrassed and sad for the party.
“And here’s the problem: I wasn’t really respectful of how I was using it. I wore this culture on my own terms, at parties, at dinner. I was also disrespecting the beauty of the religion I was taught those years ago, “he continued.
Pugh said he was “really sorry” to all those who were angry with him in the past and present.
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“Black, Indian, Native American and Asian cultures and religions are constantly used and misused every new shopping season. Appreciating the beauty of a culture is not wrong, but rebranding them to a fashion trend and a dollar is most definitely …
“Even the idiot doesn’t cut it. I was uneducated. I was unread … I can’t dismiss the actions I bought years ago, but I believe those of us who were blind to these kinds of things, were Must accept and recognize them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologize for that took so long. “
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