Last week, Jessica Simpson created a subdued racism-kerfuffle when she was asked about the $100,000 boat she had given Tony Romo when they were together, and whether she would ask for the boat back or not. Jessica Simpson said, “I’m not an Indian giver.” Like CB, I had always assumed the idea of being an “Indian giver” was about how the white colonialists were douches and broke all of those treaties. Not so much, according to Wikipedia, who has one of the definitions as “When an Indian gives any thing, he expects to receive an equivalent, or to have his gift returned.” Meh. Colonialist bastards. By the way, I should just point out how much I hate that anyone is still calling Native Americans “Indians”. My father is Indian – he is from India. People descended from America’s pre-colonial indigenous people are Native Americans.
Anyhoodle, US Weekly took a statement from Jacqueline L. Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, who was basically like “meh, maybe it’s a teachable moment or whatever”. According to US Weekly, Pata only said, “Most people flippantly use the comment ‘Indian giver’ without realizing its true meaning… [Jessica’s gaffe could be] a good chance to educate people not to stereotype Native Americans by using a comment this is both incorrect in the way most people use it, and culturally insensitive to Native people.” Hold on to your hat, Madame Pata, because Jessica Simpson is about to school you for real.
While exiting a restaurant with her sister last night, Jessica was swarmed by paparazzi. She was pretty gracious with them, even stopping and signing some autographs. But then the guy from TMZ asked her “What do you think about the Indian association being mad at you for the–” and then Jessica interrupts the guy to yell “I am Indian, alright?!” What the hell? Don’t believe me? TMZ has the footage of the incident – you can tell Jessica thinks she’s being clever. She really is that dumb.
In other Jessica news, she gave an interview to Women’s Wear Daily to promote her new line of lingerie. I found the interview a bit boring, but here’s an interview excerpt:
WWD: Do you love lingerie?
Jessica Simpson: Of course I love lingerie. What girl doesn’t? My lingerie reflects the way I’m feeling when I wake up and helps me set the tone for my day.
WWD: How important do you think lingerie is as part of a woman’s wardrobe?
J.S.: I think lingerie is a special part of what you wear every day. It’s fun to pick different colors and styles. What you wear underneath your clothes helps define the outfit, whether T-shirt bras, push-up bras, different patterns and colors, you always have to choose what works best.
WWD: Do you have a favorite item in the collection?
J.S.: I love the seersucker group because it is just classic and so adorable. We also have a beautiful print group that was inspired by Morocco. It is both exotic and feminine at the same time. We also created a denim and floral set that is flirty and fun.
WWD: How would you describe the signature look of Jessica Simpson Intimates when it comes to your personality?
J.S.: My intimates are feminine and sweet with a hint of fun.
[From Women’s Wear Daily]
Seersucker lingerie? Just kill me. Perhaps they’re only seersucker nightgowns or menswear-style two-piece pajama sets? Because the idea of seersucker panties or bras is ridiculous. You’d have little lines etched into your vadge and boobs at the end of the day! Is this the real reason Tony dumped her? Seersucker panties?
UPDATE: Jessica’s rep told TMZ that “the singer is 1/16th Native American ‘on her mother’s side’.” Therefore, Jessica is totally in the clear for saying she’s not an “Indian giver”… right?