Khloe Kardashian ‘dressed up’ like a Native American at North West’s b-day party


Over the weekend, Kim Kardashian threw a big party for North West’s first birthday. The event was surprisingly kid-friendly, and I guess Kim invited all of her friends with kids, plus the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan. Kim dubbed the event “Kidcella” (like Coachella) I guess because there was a loose, festival sort of atmosphere. There was a ferris wheel, face painting, food and fun.

It was all fun and games until Khloe Kardashian decided to wear a gigantic feather headdress and she and her sisters posted the photos on their Instagram accounts. Apparently, this is the headdress of a grand chief. And now it’s being worn by a Kardashian famewhore with an ass of lies. Makes sense. People are upset, as they should be. This is about on par with Pharrell Williams “dressing up” as a Native American on the cover of ELLE UK. Cultural appropriation is all the rage right now.

Now, all things being equal, I think Khloe is an idiot for this, but I can’t get too worked about it because I expect this kind of stupidity from that whole family. Personally, I think the bigger cultural insensitivity/racism issue involving Native Americans these days is the continuing saga of why the owner of the Washington Redskins won’t simply change the f—king name of the team. At this point, can’t we all agree that historical racism isn’t something worth protecting for another generation? Just change the name of the team, for the love of God. How about the Washington Ocelots? That would be so cute.



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  1. GiGi says:

    I feel the same. They’re just the worst, all the way around. And I actually kind of thought it was a cute, somewhat low key kid party theme… but what do you expect from a bunch of narcissists?

    • Petee says:

      I am Native American.My great,great Grandfather was the last of the medicine men in my family.He wore the headdress.Not my Dad or Grandpa.It is something you have to earn.I live here in the desert where Coachella Fest takes place every year.I see these dopey celebs and models wearing this thinking it is okay.You know what? It isn’t.At first everyone was trying to be a hippie and now,I guess, since they found out that basically this area is mostly tribal land they think this is how they should dress.Wrong.I was very sad to see on The Daily Mail how many bloggers sided with Khloe and thought we were being too sensitive.PLEASE.If any race we have been very silent and never griped about anything.How come it is okay for other minorities to bitch and complain and not us?

      • HH says:

        @Petee “How come it is okay for other minorities to bitch and complain and not us?”

        I’m not sure if you just phrased this incorrectly, but if not, that’s an extremely ignorant remark. Cultural and/or ethnic minorities do not “bitch and complain” rather they “speak up” and “stand up” for anything they feel is unjust, offensive, insensitive, etc.

      • Petee says:

        Sorry HH guessed I phrased it wrong.I am still upset about the remarks on the DM.I mean no offensive on this site.

      • HH says:

        @Petee – I understand. This idea that people are getting “hyper sensitive” pisses me off too. Just because someone’s actions weren’t done or said with malicious intent doesn’t negate the fact that it may be racist or offensive.

      • Hootysgram says:

        I agree…feel free to be offended….everyone else is.

      • Dawn says:

        Exactly what I was thinking. And yes the DM was totally crazy with some of those responses. I kept thinking how would this be different if this was a different minorities culture? Thanks for speaking up.

      • WTF says:

        I’m black, and an attack on any minority group is an attack on every minority group. If someone is willing to disrespect you on the basis of race, there are only so many stops before they are disrespecting me.
        I don’t understand why people have such a hard time just showing basic respect.
        It is so frustrating.

      • Jackie says:

        I agree about the Daily Mail. But then again, it is so heavily moderated on Kardashian/Jenner stories, that if you try to post something negative, it most likely will never see the light of day. When I saw that there were less posts on the DM about this, than on other sites, it just went to prove how deeply they are in PMK’s pocket. I couldn’t believe either, all the people defending Khloe. Especially people here in the US who should be a bit more culturally sensitive. I can understand other countries not knowing the significance of the headdress though. I shook my head at the poster who said Khloe wearing the Native American headdress was no different than salsa dancers wearing salsa dresses. Really now? That just boggled my mind.

      • Petee says:

        Thanx everyone.Yes the answers really bothered me.I thought they were very insensitive.I can’t believe they were sticking up for a Kardashian.The bloggers put them down all the time.I am a dying minority.There isn’t really many of us Natives left,so yes it hurt me.You all put a smile on my face today.

      • Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

        The Daily Mail is a cesspool.

        I ended up on that Daily Mail post too because the site was linked to something I read here and the Fail Jackals were out I full force. What of crap reasoning did they employ to make wearing this ‘acceptable’ Let’s see…

        False Equivalency: So, I guess I need to apologise for lederhosen because I’m not German. -You’ve never had smallpox either, apologise for that.

        Mangled Nostalgia: We played Cowboys and Indians when we were five, I guess we were evil racists. -No, it means that you’re a stubborn and arrogant adult if you think that nothing does or should change with time. But if you want to act like you’re five…

        Delusions: Then I guess they have to stop wearing ‘white clothes’ like jeans and T-shirt s. -You mean the non-sacred, non-ceremonial clothes that everyone wears everywhere but is now somehow, ‘yours’?

        Trivialising: It’s just a costume. -So are Purple Hearts, then?

        Vanity: It shows how beautiful we think it is. -How benevolent. Your diamonds are beautiful, I want them. I will have them.

        Pissiness: They’re always whining. -Right, no foot-stomping here.

        Kumbaya Bull: Why are throwing up barriers, we are all one. -Until someone ‘defies’ you.

        Stonewalling: don’t you have anything bigger vis-a-vis ‘rights’ to talk about. -But you’re being so open-minded about this, I’m sure you’ll just go along with bigger discussions.

        Learning, Gross!: Well, I didn’t know, so it was good.-No, it unintentionally bad. We all make mistakes, but refusing to learn just makes you ignorant and to be sure, I have doubts that you were just naive in the first place.

        Shut up, I’m respecting you!: -well, I’m convinced.

        My rights!:-um, other people’s rights.

        Get over it: No, you get over it. But you won’t get over anything and that’s why we have dumbass logos and team names. Like you even think or care about these things at any other time.

        Daily Mail toddlers.

        And of course there were a bunch of Canadians bitching about it too, basically saying that minorities here basically getting too uppity and especially the Native population. I didn’t stay around long, I wanted to smack them in their little racist faces.

      • lisa says:

        petee – it’s not cool, just because idiots support other idiots doesnt mean most people think it is ok

        i’m not NA but i would never defend anyone for wearing that

        and part of me suspects that PMK’s next news flash will be that it is ok for khloe (it kills me to spell chloe like that) to wear that because her real father is the actor graham greene

      • Lizette says:

        The most offensive and cruel thing that people say to each other is to tell them what they should or should not be offended by. It’s so disrespectful! If someone is offended they have a right to be and others should respect that. It’s sickening that after all this country has been through and the sins it has committed against human beings, we don’t seem to have evolved much. I’ve been sick to my stomach reading comments from people telling Native Am to get over it, followed by insults and stereotypical statements. It’s scary to know we walk among such an insensitive mass of people in this country.

      • GiGi says:

        Petee – I am also Native American and am and have always been extremely vocal about Anishinabe issues on this site and elsewhere. So I’m not really sure what you’re point is with me?

        My thing is that, of course it’s awful, what Khloe did, but I am sadly not surprised.

      • LadyMacbeth ex Hiddles F. says:


        You shouldn’t care about the Daily Fail. People who post there are deprived of any logic, they are ignorant and genereally stupid. They were able to side with Woody Allen and other celebs also prosecuted for sexual crimes.
        DM is a cesspool of idiocy.

        I don’t belong to a minority but I feel you are quite right about what you said. Kardashians are trash.

    • Sacred And Profane says:

      Horrible, horrible people. Cultural appropriation? It’s more “cultural MISappropriation”.

      Re: Ocelots.
      Q. How do you titillate an ocelot?
      A. You oscillate its titalot.

  2. lisa2 says:

    Why do people do these HUGE parties for babies.. They get so overwhelmed by all that. it is more about the grownups and less about the kids. Children don’t really care for over the top. They get happy with a cupcake and a bounce house.. (as long as it doesn’t fly away)

    What happened to a tiny cake and that was it.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Because you’re absolutely right, it’s all about the parents. Nori wouldn’t even remember it.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Exactly. You know what my mom did for my first birthday? She put me and my twin out on a sheet, put a cake in front of us, and let us have at it. And took pictures. I have pictures of myself, as a toddler, laying out next to a smooshed cake, completely covered in frosting (I think all I did was lick the frosting)–I looked happy though.

      • JudyK says:

        First, where is North?

        Sitting here at the computer looking at black and white pics of me on my first birthday (arranged with other oldy framed pics in my Study) in a high chair with a cake in front of me, happily sticking my fingers in it.

        Yes, to the other comments about this narcissistic family.

      • kri says:

        @Virgilia-you are a twin? Cool! Also…totally agree with you. It appears that my birthday was quite similar to yours. I had on a onesie of some sort, there were a couple cousins, the adults and me and a Winnie the Pooh cake. I was holding a soft toy that still had paper on it, but that was covered in icing.It seems that I was having an awesome time. Whatever, Kardashians. Insensitive, void in the brainbox fools.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I remember my little sister’s first birthday–she had an elmo cake. We were singing happy birthday (and my dad was holding her on his hip, right in front of the cake), and she leaned over and smooshed her face in the corner of the cake–I think she was trying to go for the frosting elmo. It was hilarious.

        Yep–twins run in my family…at least on set every generation. For my first birthday, my mom stripped us down to our diapers…we looked like fat little budhas….with hair.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Yes, exactly. My mother has a picture of my first birthday party that says it all: Her, my grandma, and I think my aunt with me on the table next to a small cake, with me bursting into tears at the site of it. Yes, that’s what children do. It’s like the people who spend thousands dragging the kid to Disney before the kid is even old enough to remember the experience. What goes through people’s minds?

    • Jen2 says:

      Agree. But this poor kid is their new “Kash Kow” and she will be exploited until she is grown. The older Ks are losing their luster, so they are putting it all on the baby, who, by the way was not shown. I feel for her as she grows with parents and grandparents (mother) who will drain all the cuteness out of her for a fast buck.

    • Ag says:

      it is all for the parents. the entire hoopla is totally over the kids’ heads. i have no idea why people do it.

    • V says:

      My parents threw me a huge party for my first bday, I was the first and only kid at the time and yes it was mostly about them and their friends and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I obviously don’t remember anything but I think its nice that there was such a big blow out but maybe that’s just me. :) in my family more is more.

    • Peppa says:

      My husband’s best friend lives just outside of D.C. His wife met a group of women with children around her son’s age through meetup. For a few months he said they were constantly going to first birthday parties and one was more extreme and elaborate than the next. Caterers, waiters and a cash bar with a bartender… for a FIRST birthday. Huge fondant cakes, pony rides, paid entertainers (like clowns, singers, magicians etc). These were all first birthdays. It was all about these couples trying to one up each other. My kid had some Sesame Street decorations, two kiddie pools, and some cake and ice cream for her first birthday party.

      • Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

        CASH bar? Monsters.

      • Petee says:

        Pepsi Presents…Coke.Loved your post above.I won’t be going to the DM anymore.

      • Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

        Thank-you Petee. I’m Canadian and if someone tells you that Canada isn’t a racist country, don’t believe it. Our last residential school was closed in 1996 and right now we have 1200 missing Native girls and women gone missing and a Prime Minister who isn’t even pretending to care. All of our calls to attention fall on deaf ears and it’s…it makes me sad. I’d go on forever. I’m a black woman so I get that feeling of being told that everything is your fault and it never changes.

        Petee, just last week in Newfoundland came a story about an eleven-year-old little black boy who started going to a new school and has been absolutely terrorized. He has to bring a teacher with him and use one of their bathrooms if needs to use it because groups of kids would wait for him and attack him. Of course the parents said their violent and menacing spawn don’t have a racist bone in their bodies and this little boy who is getting beaten up and everything is the real bully, that’s why no one like a him and he’s the racist for suggesting that that was the reason behind the animosity and…more Daily Mail-like garbage. Same went for the comments. The saddest part is that he wanted to stay at the school because he wanted kids to like him but when it got too dangerous and he had to change he began to, and does, blame himself because he thinks it’s something he did. And I don’t even want to start on the response to the afrocentric school.

        As for the website, let’s both not go to the Daily Mail.

  3. Abbott says:

    Washington Cleveland Indians? Paul Ruddskins? Who could possibly be offended by Paul Rudd’s melon on a football jersey? No one.

    Anyway, like Julianna Hough in blackface, I believe this trick knew exactly what she was doing. Reason #8462 why these people are total butt trash.

  4. eliza says:

    She deserves the same amount of crap that everyone else gets for insensitive costuming. Just because it is a Kardashian, does not mean we should throw our hands up and say ” Oh well”.

    I thought the tshirts were pretty offensive too with a skeleton in a war bonnet with “YEEZUS” plastered on it for the kids to wear as party favors.

  5. Nikollet says:

    I think the Kartrashians are stupid as hell, but in this case I doubt she was just being dumb. I think this is classic famewhore behaviour to have people talking about her.

    • Wren says:

      I agree. I also think that simply shrugging and saying, “Well aren’t you stupid,” and turning our attention elsewhere is the best way to respond. With no validation her efforts fall flat. It’s not like she’s going to learn anything or even pay attention to the well reasoned arguments over why what she did is wrong. Public shaming is all very well, but these people don’t appear to have any shame. A tepid response followed by actively ignoring them is better, rather how you would treat a kid who says dumb things just to get a reaction.

  6. Barrett says:

    Klhoe we are not just mad about the Indian head dress. Man cut out the sexy duck face! Stop stop stop!

  7. Hannah says:

    Can’t some designer somewhere come up with a clever way to incorporate feathers into modern fashion/couture, in a manner that would be nodding its head to the native tribes but not actually appropriating their culture (if that makes sense)? Because I can understand why people (women) want to wear a headdress: it’s absolutely beautiful. But misappropriating somebody’s culture for the sake of looking nice is clearly wrong.

  8. blue marie says:

    Anything for attention, pretty sad when you’re competing with a one yr old though.

  9. Belle Epoch says:

    Completely appropriate behavior for a child’s first birthday party (sarcasm!). Turn it into a photo op for yourself – looking like an idiot.

  10. Frida_K says:

    @ss of lies, sensitivity of a cow pat…what a gal, this Khloe is.

  11. lisa2 says:

    I remember when Khloe was the “normal one”.. but she has fallen to the level of her entire family.

  12. Dawn says:

    Ugly people acting ugly. Nothing new about that with this clan.

  13. Sarah says:

    Khloe’s lips are now almost as big as her ass of lies. And to think she was the one Kardashian I actually liked.

  14. aquarius64 says:

    No answer from Khloe? Disappointing because I saw her as the “normal” one.

    • Lizette says:

      She actually tweeted a response saying
      something like people are gonna find something wrong with everything you do no matter what so you may as well do what the f$&@ you wanna do. Such an immature reply to valid complaints. She doesn’t even get the seriousness of what she did, I don’t even think this chick is in tune with current events in this country! She played the “woe is me” card with that tweet. But she is not the victim here, she wants people to believe everyone is just picking on the poor KarTrashians again. PSH!

  15. Fran says:

    How funny is that first picture though with the two sisters being such try hards in their posing, and then that random lady in the back with a huge ass smile?

  16. enya says:

    I think kendall–or the one in the top pic; I’m not really sure if that’s kendall or kylie–is SO much prettier than the rest of the family. And I’d kill for that hair.

  17. starrywonder says:

    Well she is the ass of lies. What do you expect out of her. And yep I think she did it just get controversy so people would be talking about her. I used to like her the best out of that whole group but she can go kick rocks.

  18. Patricia says:

    Kylie has got to be the most attention hungry of the entire bunch, which is saying something, and which I personally attribute to her very young age.
    Every picture of her she’s mugging, posing, too-cool-for-schooling her ass off. She takes herself and her look soooo seriously and it just feels like she thinks every photo of herself might end up on the cover of vogue. Her Instagram is a portrait of narcissism.

    I’m worried what will happen to her when nobody cares.

  19. Ag says:

    i assume, perhaps cynically, that they’re trying to generate outrage just to get attention. famewhores being famewhores. the usual stupidity from this family.

  20. swack says:

    I hope North got to at least enjoy some time in the bounce house (she could at least crawl around in it). I don’t get the over the top party either. Although I expected it to be a lot more than it was. On a different site it was noted that Kanye wasn’t even there.

  21. MediaMaven says:

    If these people would just spend the amount of time they spend practicing the “camera posing” doing work for a charity (ANY charity, not the Church of PMK Tax Haven at the Sheraton), they could maybe redeem their own souls. They are miserable people. I had a tiny bit of hope for the younger ones because Bruce is their Dad, but he seems to have washed his hands of them and is focusing on the ones he threw under the bus when he hooked up with PMK.

    It’ll be interesting to watch how PMK handles Kanye…… All of the other men in their lives hand over their balls early on their relationships with anyone with lady parts in that family…… Kanye is not going to do that without a fight. Getting my popcorn bowl and comfy sweatpants ready to watch THAT whole drama play out……….

  22. MrsBPitt says:

    When my boys were younger they would watch WWE Wrestling…Khloe looks just like female wrestler name China! Anyone remember her? They are like twins.

    So sick of fame whores doing inappropriate, insensitive stunts, just for the publicity. Can’t they try working in a soup kitchen or something and call the paps. Yeah, it would still be a publicity stunt, but at least it would be in a good way.

  23. Jen says:

    I’m surprised no one mentioned the caption on the photo of her with the small teepee: “Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #kidchella my first Coachella!” WTF Can she get any more obvious with her ignorance?

    She also put up a meme yesterday saying “You’re still going to get criticized, so you might as well do whatever the F you want.” (I do not usually look at their media, but I am feeling nosy today :) ) Accountability = Zero.

  24. I don't get it says:

    I’m going to be a contrarion here, but I don’t get why “cultural appropriation” is such a huge deal right now. I mean it seems like it’s ok to borrow from some cultures but not others? It almost seems like a way of people saying don’t play outside your sandbox. Why shouldn’t people explore other’s cultures? I just think it’s another way for Judgy McJudgersons to feel superior by calling people on cultural appropriation.

    If she had worn a sari or a belly dancing outfit or patterned Polish blouse no one would have cared. But wearing something associated with Native Americans is racist? She’s not mocking them, she’s wearing a beautiful head piece as did Pharrel.

    I think there’s a big difference between this and the racist actions of the soccer fans wearing blackface to the Ghana game.

    • swack says:

      You will probably get many responses to this, but the problem is, is not racism but the fact that the headress is sacred to the American Indian Nations and has deep meaning to them. Does a sari have meaning or is it just clothing? There is a difference.

      • Petee says:

        Thank you.For some reason people are seeing this as like it is nothing.It means something to me.I am Native American.I don’t wear the headdress because I don’t deserve too.

      • swack says:

        @Petee, your post above was great. Unfortunately (and this in NO WAY excuses it), DM is very PRO-Kardashian, therefore the support over there for things like this that the Kardashians do are ridiculous. They have often shut down the comment section and I always wonder if it is because of the comments against them. Like I said, this does not excuse any comments that support what Khloe did.

    • Patricia says:

      I tend to agree with you. Where’s the line?
      But then I think of St Patricks Day, everyone wearing green and getting piss-drunk with “kiss me I’m Irish” shirts on and all that. And it burns me up because I’m Irish and my family is plagued by alcoholism (which is NOT a joke to emulate one day a year during a pub crawl, it’s a terrible disease that ruins lives and yes it’s more prevalent among the Irish) and we are good people not some “dressed in green top o the mornin” joke.
      So maybe you have to actually be in that culture to fully understand why it’s offensive.

    • eliza says:

      A sari nor a belly dancing costume have the sacred meaning of a Native American war bonnet.

      • swack says:

        Thank you, my point exactly.

      • Kori says:

        I get the sacredness of it. Maybe I wouldn’t have years ago when I was younger but people are speaking about it more now. I never got all outraged about things and I grew up in the era of the beginning of ‘political correctness’. People got their knickers in a twist because, OMG, suddenly using some word/joke/outfit/saying was now verboten. Who gives a crap? If it offends someone, don’t say it. It doesn’t ruin my life to not have to be offensive to someone. When I grew up people called African-Americans ‘black’. All of a sudden people were freaking out because how dare they be told the preferred term was AA. Is it any skin off my nose to have to say AA instead? No. Same with Indian vs Native American and now, it is, I think American Indian? (Correct me if I’m wrong) If someone native to a particular group has a particular preference for a term, what is it to me to use it? People act like you’re removing the foundations of liberty or something if you can’t call the Washington Redskins by that name. OK, we’ve grown up with them being named that (and I’m sure they’ll suck under any name) but it’s obviously offensive in this day and age. ANd, like no team has EVER changed its name before–people adjust. (Hello Cleveland Browns turned Baltimore Ravens and Houston Oilers turned Tennessee Titans). People play the game of ‘well such-and-such a group says/does it, why can’t I?’ Because you’re not from that particular group? I’m an Irish Catholic–I don’t like jokes about drunken Irishmen, Catholics having 10 children or people wearing rosaries (a sacred object) like they’re jewelry–especially when they aren’t Catholic. By the same token, I don’t use the N-word because I’m not African-American, I wouldn’t wear an Native American headdress, I wouldn’t tell Jewish jokes or Polish ones, etc…It’s really not that difficult to live ones life like this. Are people sometimes overly sensitive? Sure. Everyone isn’t a bigot who maybe mistakenly uses the wrong term (and I’m a big believer in judging by the intent) but by the same token, in this day and age it’s not that difficult to figure out what may or may not be offensive or to understand when someone tries to educate you on the matter either. People saying they’re victims of political correctness run amok are usually bigger cry babies than the groups they’re saying are the complainers.

      • jjva says:

        Great post, kori. How the hell does it hurt me to not offend other people?!

    • WTF says:

      I’m sure a whole line of people will post to explain the difference to you, but my question is, after a group has expressed that they are insulted by some conduct, what is gained by continuing to engage in that conduct?
      Until Petee posted, I didn’t know why wearing a head dress was insulting, but I knew that it was a problem and that’s why I wouldn’t put one on.
      I don’t get why people in my mother’s culture won’t call a married woman by her first name, but I don’t need to know why to refrain from doing it.

  25. pnichols says:

    To me it looks like she had something going on for the kids at that blanket. Like say face painting or glitter tattoos. Like how they have all different kinds of “stations” for the kids to hang out and do things. Idk I’m not trying to make light of it but that’s what it looks like to me.

  26. word says:

    Like she didn’t know posting that pic would get her a lot of press? These Kardashians are very calculating.

  27. shelley says:

    Khloe loves wearing weird hats and jewelry on her head, so the fact that she wore this doesn’t surprise me. I doubt she actually gave it much thought, beyond that she thought it looked cool. So while she may have been offensive, I don’t believe she meant to be. She is just clueless.

    • jwoolman says:

      Can Khloe read? Pharrell even apologized for his Elle UK cover. That was very recent, she had plenty of opportunity to see how people reacted to such things and why it might be A Bad Idea. So either she is illiterate or she really did do it to get people talking about her.

      Of course, she also thought posing as a murderous bank robber was a great idea. Maybe thinking isn’t her strong point.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      She knew it would get attention, she doesn’t live under a rock, she knows about Pharrel and about the NFL name controversy.

  28. dancinnancy says:

    She thought “any publicity is good publicity and look how much attention Pharrell got…”


  29. word says:

    Kim posted a pic of her, Kanye, and North at the bday party in front of the cake. North looks so unhappy.

    • jwoolman says:

      And here I thought she and Kanye were squirreled away somewhere, photoshopping themselves into an actually happy pic of Nori with a nanny or her great-aunt or even one of her kid-friendly Kardashian aunts. I wonder if they just don’t realize how awkward they look with her, and how she doesn’t react normally to them and how their pictures reveal she doesn’t know them well enough to feel comfortable?

      The pic I saw of Kanye was just of him going into his own house by himself. Did he just fly in from somewhere as the caption indicated? Or was he coming back from the party?

      I still can’t believe they put a ferris wheel in the back yard.

  30. Rin says:

    Seriously people can’t “play dress up” at a child’s birthday party? We all need to get over ourselves.

    • swack says:

      So if we are playing “dress up”, why just the headpiece and not an entire outfit?

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Why dress up in a costume that offends people? She did it to get attention, she is indifferent to the feelings of others, and if it was done in innocence, she should be thoughtful enough to apologize rather than act like it doesn’t matter. Fine, it doesn’t matter to you, it doesn’t matter to her but it does matter to the people who created the headdress. It is their art, their heritage and their symbology and they have every right to stand up and say we don’t want you crapping on our traditions.

  31. lisa2 says:

    I just saw a picture on Justjared and Nori was dressed in an Indian costume too..

    I don’t know..I just don’t

  32. Wallamalooo says:

    She’s worn it before, in photoshoots and on the show.

  33. word says:

    Where can you even purchase an Indian headdress? They shouldn’t be manufactured and sold. This way, Native Americans can keep the sanctity of what the headdress signifies. Unfortunately, it would be almost impossible to go after all the companies that make Native American clothing as “costumes”. I guess it’s like wearing a turban. Many Sikhs and Muslims wear them as part of their religion. You can buy a turban or make one with cloth. I have even seen models on runways sporting turbans. It’s a touchy subject…I don’t know how to feel about it at all. On the one hand, you want to believe that people are wearing this spiritual/religious symbols out of respect and admiration…but on the other hand it sometimes seems like it’s just a “fad” or “fashion trend” to them that will become”so last year”.

    • Jen2 says:

      The authentic headdresses are worn only by Native or First Nations people as only they are allowed to have Eagle feathers as part of their religious or cultural activities (Federal law in the US protects eagles). And at least in the US, Eagles are otherwise protected and most folks are not legally allowed to use their plumage. You can get a fake one at a costume shop I am sure.

      • megsie says:

        Last week, while visiting a friend, I walked through a small tourist oriented shop owned and operated by a local Native family. Among other items, they were selling beautiful headdresses and bow and arrow sets. I didn’t purchase either. Did buy a nice Russell Means bio though.

      • word says:

        See this may be the issue. If some Native Americans are selling headresses in their own stores, why wouldn’t the general public think it’s ok to wear them? I don’t know, there’s such a fine line here. It’s a tough call. I personally would never purchase or wear a Native American headdress because I know it offends some people and because I know what it’s significance is.

      • megsie says:

        It’s complicated. Firstly, to assume all First Nation people are of the same opinion is demeaning and dismissive, no? Obviously this Native family didn’t have an issue with me buying, and presumably wearing, their headdress. I did. The thought of placing such a formidable thing on my wall as some sort decoration turns my stomach. Terribly disrespectful imo. Back in the ancient 90s a friend wore a bindi to a Lollapalooza show. She offered me one and I refused. Disrespectful imo. But I recently read a Huffpost article where an Indian woman declared bindi wearing by “white girls” as perfectly acceptable. On the other hand I wore a Greek toga and laurel wreath to an adult Halloween costume party a few years ago. I certainly didn’t earn that wreath. Offensive? Another woman there was dressed as a nun. Offensive? Polynesian tribal tattoos?
        I just think cultural appropriation is a serious accusation, and sometimes disrespectful and insensitive would be a better fit. Not to mention, sometimes cultural appropriation means assimilation, and that’s not a bad thing. Although obviously not the case with Khloe.

      • me says:

        @ megsie

        The fact that even SOME Native Americans find this demeaning and insulting is enough to make a person think twice before wearing their headdress as a costume. You will find someone in every culture that is ok with other people wearing their cultural/spiritual clothing and symbols but does that make it right? I am sure there might be some African Americans who have no problem with people saying the “n” word, but does that mean you should go around saying it ? NOPE.

    • megsie says:

      I think it’s insulting to assume those sharing race or culture think the same. I don’t wear Native clothing or say the ‘n’ word because I’m uncomfortable with both. I don’t assume what the next guy believes based on their skin color. That said, if you were sitting next to me and told me the word “cold” offended you, I wouldn’t say it. I might wonder why, I might not understand your reasoning, but I wouldn’t use the word. That’s just common courtesy.

  34. katy says:

    There has always been, and seemingly always will be, a disgusting lack of respect for Native Americans. From the people who wear the headdresses, to those who say “It isn’t a big deal,” the vast majority of the population is racist because of either actively appropriating Native American culture or excusing the appropriation – I have very rarely heard of anyone else thinking that it’s disrespectful and should be stopped.

    There are no signs of this stopping, either, which is also disgusting. The “Calm down! It’s just a headdress! Get over yourselves!” comments (seen here and even MORE so in the Pharrel magazine article on this site alone, let alone MANY other sites) show that the majority of the population still thinks of Native Americans as a novelty, not as a culture. Every time I see someone appropriate Native American culture, and everyone race to defend those actions, my faith in humanity dies even more.

    • wonderwoman21 says:

      Right on, it’s the novelty aspect of it that really grinds my gears. People act like Native Americans aren’t real people and real people aren’t Native American. To these ignorant asses it’s just some foreign concept that doesn’t have any personal ramifications for them so they don’t care. i have family members who are tribal members (Jicarilla Apache and Tohono O’odham) and I see first hand the effects of this “othering” and treatment as a novelty. From being called out in front of their entire class what tribe they’re from (none of your concern Ms. Teacher Lady) to being approached as some mystical oddity by their principal and watching all this cultural misappropriation going on it’s hard on my teenage niece and nephew sometimes to be essentially labeled as outsiders as soon as they enter a space. Until this cultural misappropriation causes no harm and racism is long and dead I will be offended.

      • Petee says:

        It was hard for me growing up.I am going on 51.I felt like a outsider and totally misunderstood at school too.It has taken a lot of mistakes and therapy to be able to be proud of who I am and where I come from.My Grandpa got taken away from his parents and put in a internment camp where they tried to make him be religious and speak english.He was like a bull.As soon as he was 16 he beat the crap out of one of the teachers for beating another Native American child and rode the rails and got the hell out of there.Sadly he never knew his parents but he was a awesome Grandpa.Please just everyone be respectful of one another’s culture and respect it.The kardashians don’t respect there’s except for the all mighty dollar sign.

  35. megsie says:

    I wouldn’t presume to question those Native Americans who are offended, but I don’t see how this is a case of malicious cultural appropriation. Chances are Khloe has not a clue about the religious significance of a headdress, but maybe that would be better considered disrespectful ignorance? Khloe is playing dress up at a child’s birthday part. She isn’t attempting to incorporate an established element of another culture into her own as a means of domination and repression. For instance, a few weeks ago I read a small article which described knafeh, an traditional and beloved Palestinian dessert, as Israeli. That’s negative cultural appropriation.

  36. me says:

    Were Jay-Z and Beyonce there ? lol

  37. amber5ash says:

    The day she starts driving a white bronco is the day we really have problems.

  38. linlin says:

    She didn’t dress up like a native American. She dressed up like a white American person’s cliché of a native American.

  39. mar says:

    I believe that Native American’s philosophy is the closest to my own. I am very spiritual and I believe everything is connected with nature. Power and Greed is the root of all evil, but in America that is our way. I respect the Natives and I take the culture very seriously, the Kardashians ARE GROSS!!!!!! Khloe sucks too.

  40. Fue McCormick says:

    Oh, God … please stop with the Native American BS. If people want to dress like an American Indian, let them. If a guy wants his team to be named the Redskins; let him! When I see a person with a headdress on or the logo of that football team, I think of brave souls who fought like hell to keep the white man from invading their territories and I have the utmost respect.
    The Kardashians are only entertainment for me. That headdress does not offend me.

  41. HatetheletterK says:

    She is just so incredibly ugly, insde and out.

  42. Jessie says:

    The thing is that everyone within an ethnic group are not offended by the same things. Virtually anything you say or do can offend someone else, where do you draw the line? Who makes the line? Who decides what is offensive? This is real life dealing with many different ethnic groups and we’re not going to see eye to eye of every issue, lest of all the issue of what is offensive. It is impossible for anyone to speak on the behalf of an entire ethnic group; even within themselves they don’t agree.

    I’m black, and I’m offended by very little because I don’t take it personally. Other people do not determine what will hurt my feelings or offend me. Life is too short to run down every action, word or deed that might be offensive. I define myself, therefore it is easy to ignore the nonsense going on around me. Besides, it’s not individual words or actions that defines racism, it’s the intent of those using such words or taking such actions. We have lost the ability to differentiate between the two. As an elder would say, we then proceed to throw the baby out with the bath water, therefore making the situation worse.

    You can’t legislate, shame, ban or boycott anyone out of racism, it will exist regardless. I suggest that people work on their self esteem. No one can MAKE you feel bad about yourself, your culture or your lifestyle, that’s on YOU. The best way to combat racism is to be the best you can be, to know yourself, to be self-confident, to cease to be so thin skinned. The best way to combat ignorance is through education, yourself included.

    There are too many important issues to work on, all these other side issues are distracting and don’t accomplishing anything in the long run. I am sure that Khloe didn’t mean to be offensive to anyone and to be sure not ALL native Americans were offended; I’m not sure if the majority of them even gave a damn. So, she was called out- what did that accomplish? What about the next person and the next? There will ALWAYS be people who will say or do something that someone finds offensive. State your dissatisfaction with it all you want, but with the knowledge that it doesn’t change anything. People won’t change and everything we dislike isn’t racist or meant to be offensive, we all just need to realize this and get over it.

  43. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    Of course it was for attention. They live at a different frequency and every blink and breath of them has an angle, performative thrust and a bottom line. They’re day players. That doesn’t mean that cynicism on our own end should rule the day or people shouldn’t oppose this stuff, just that we all know the score and no one can be bothered to pretend otherwise. It was the response from people who supported her that I found far more upsetting, not that it wasn’t exactly what I expected.

  44. idk says:

    Her birthday cake had every color in the rainbow on it. I’m shocked the cake wasn’t grey or beige.

  45. Marx says:

    The only thing I can say in her defense is that when Kim was on George Lopez’s show she did one of those DNA ethnicity test and it said she was like 97% European and 3% Native American. Assuming Khloe and Kim have the same father she may have Native American ancestors (I know she’s half Armenian but this was specifically geared toward race I believe).

    But I completely agree it is wrong and unnecessary for her to wear this.

  46. Random Person #1580 says:

    So, Khloe is a Kardashian and of course she wore this to get publicity. She clearly doesn’t give a f*ck about what is said about her as long as people are saying something, and she got what she was asking for. So, yeah. Moving on to the important part here:

    What I will never understand is why people have to INSIST on this. What’s so grandiose about a warbonnet that you just HAVE to wear it? To these people it’s a sacred thing, but to you it’s just a costume accesory you’ll wear once in your life. It’s not that hard to understand. Just go for something else, you have millions of options. Whatever your stance on cultural appropiation is, I will never understand why people would consciously get in trouble for it (unless of course they were looking for it, like the case here).

    And talking about freedom of speech? Come on. They are ruling one costume out of the millions you have to choose. It’s barely a limitation. And, anyway, any serious lawyer would tell you that no international convention ever has established freedom of speech as something unlimited. Freedom of speech vs. human dignity is the default example for any discussion about clashing human rights.