Jessica Simpson on her “Indian-giver” controversy: “I am Indian!”


Jessica Simpson is aided by younger sister Ashlee as she teeters her way out of Katsuya on some strappy gold wedges

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?

Jessica Simpson is aided by younger sister Ashlee as she teeters her way out of Katsuya on some strappy gold wedges

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  1. hatsumomogirly says:

    This is such a non-story……

  2. jennifer says:

    Oh Jessica honey, just…just SHUT UP. Just NEVER SPEAK EVER. I like this girl (I tend to pity the stupid) but she makes it VERY VERY hard. LOL

  3. Sani says:

    I don’t believe that. She appear to be sloppy drunk, she would say any thing. Any way I believe she gave Tony that boat hoping he would keep her as his girlfriend.
    So glad Tony didn’t go for that. He probably already sent that thing back.
    I’ll be glad when this story dry up so she can disappear.

  4. boomchakaboom says:

    Yes, every morning when I’m deciding which pair of undies looks less raggedy than the other is the moment my mood for the entire day is set. In concrete. Which pair of drawers is actually in the drawer instead of the laundry hamper also plays a significant role. Probably a bigger role than the raggedy part.

  5. anonymous says:

    CB – I was born in American – technically I’M native to America, so you could call me a Native American…. There really isn’t any good “term” for the people who lived in America before the Europeans came over. Indigenous people, perhaps? Although, I’m sure someone will find some offense with that “term” as well…

  6. Whatev says:

    Anonymous-You are trying way to hard. *rolls eyes*. I hate people who say they are 1/239303 Native American. Just because your great great grandfather got syphillis from a Native American or vice versa does NOT mean you are Native American. :)

  7. BlueSkies says:

    Whatev, very funny. The truth is, anybody who has ancestors who arrived here more than over 150 yrs. ago is probably, what is your percentage? part Native American, even if they classify themselves as white or black. If you know what to look for, you can see it. Like Jessica Biel or Megan Fox and so many others in HW I can’t think of now.

  8. Telly says:

    @Whatev: Europeans INVENTED, perfected, and bottled syphillis up for distribution, so the great-grandfather would most likely be the one passing on the STD’s there, genius.

  9. gee_gee says:

    Maybe it’s because it’s Monday. Maybe I feel sorry for her. Maybe it’s because we’ve heard this woman say so many silly things. I just don’t care. I don’t have the energy to be angry at her.

  10. boomchakaboom says:

    Anon: No, you aren’t Native American. Native Americans were disease free until European conquerors landed on these shores. They are the ones who brought syphilis and smallpox to the indigenous peoples of this land. Since Native Americans were already here, had their lives ripped apart and herded like cattle off to reservations in order to suit the needs of disease ridden European settlers, it seemed the least that could be done was to bestow upon them the title of Native Americans. Since they were native to America. So no, you aren’t Native American. Not by a long shot.

  11. Levi says:

    Actually we refer to ourselves by who we are..I am Anishinnabe.
    Not Indian, not native, .nor am I an American Native..I am designated First Nations by the government but I identify myself by my heritage which is Anishinnabe which translates into “The People” I am indigenous to this land, my ancestors were the first peoples of this continent. I am not a drunk, I am not a stereotype, I am proud of my family, my heritage, and my blood-line, that has been syphilis free. To read some of the postings on the web regarding Ms. Simpson’s comments have been disheartening, the overt racism, the ignorance of many who know little very about the first people of north America is appalling.

  12. jaundicemachine says:

    I love how the blondest caucasians always claim to be Native.

    Like my niece and nephew – the most Anglo-looking kids in the world once overheard their equally Anglo-looking dad/bullshit artist announce he was a ridiculous percentage of “Indian”. So now the kids are “Indian” too. (Can’t say what tribe, but they love carrying the flag.)

  13. Annie says:

    She’s ridiculous. Someone please duct tape her mouth shut. Thanks.

    It’s an insult to some of the strongest people this nation has seen. And I’m not referencing physical strength, but 100% strength of will.

  14. Cowbell says:

    Hhmmmm. My mother-in-law calls herself Cherokee Indian. No one ever corrects her.
    Maybe Jess’s mom is part Indi- er I mean Native American so that means she’s allowed to say what she wants about all tribes from America.

    I wonder if Indiana should rename herself.

  15. boomchakaboom says:

    Levi: Proud to make your acquaintance. Your ancestry is one of awe inspiring strength of character and a purity of spirit that we have all but managed to wipe off the slate of history. I’m sure I have mangled the sentiment I feel, but the upshot is that it’s just good to meet you. There’s more but I can’t put it into words.

    I do know that the term Native American is not accurate. The People were here before there was an America, so it can’t possibly be accurate. Census approved, but not accurate.

  16. Bigfish says:

    Why so politically correct.? I like blanket squaw, Red man,Reservation monkey, Godless heathen, desert dogs, Injun. I am a white MF.

  17. blind item reader says:

    Right on, Levi! Right on.

  18. Annabelle says:

    1/16th and that makes you indian?
    If you’re not 1/2 or 1 why would you even bother mentioning it? LOL

  19. Ana says:

    Where I am from, a lot of people claim to be Native American.
    If you have a card proving your heritage you get free healthcare and I think even a house if you live in OK.
    The casinos are awesome.
    1/16th is such bullcrap. She probably knows nothing about her history.

  20. rop says:

    I always thought that Columbus thought he found the “West Indies” and that is where the term “Indian” came from. I believe it is a very old term that originated with Columbus calling the native people of the land “Indians”. Of course he had no use to understand and get to know these people to know their culture. It really isn’t a good term. My great grandfather was Cherokee, however he was adopted by white folk so I truly have no understanding of my heritage and my father said that as far as he knew, he only had very little understanding of his heritage.

    1/16th isn’t bullcrap since African-americans can’t deny even one drop, that’s the rule isn’t it?
    Jessica really doesn’t help herself out any. I would agree, keep your mouth shut Jessica!!!

  21. SolitaryAngel says:

    @boomchaka: Thank you for your wonderful words and respectful point of view towards Native Americans. It is very refreshing to find those who at least try to understand that, although humans have always fought over lands and killed each other for it, no people have suffered more than we have.

    I don’t mean to start a shitstorm so people, please don’t jump down my throat for this, but here in this country, a certain race acts as though they have suffered more than any other–but at least THEY weren’t practically exterminated! We were.

    @Levi: I, too, am honored to make your acquaintance! I am Lakota.

  22. jaundicemachine says:

    It’s just interesting because the woman has never experienced a whiff of racism, but since her mother is 1/16 “Indian”, well then! – she has a spot reserved around the drum circle.

    I guess I always find it interesting that the people who look like they fell out of an Aryan propaganda film are the first to claim Native Ancestry. I mean, I’m always hesitant to bring up my ancestry (semi-anonymous internet forums withstanding ;) ) because I’ve never been raised in the culture and the lifestyle.

    Very cool, Solitary Angel – I have Lakota blood as well.
    Salutations all around!

  23. rop says:

    Solitary Angel- I am not attacking or arguing, words get lost in forums so I just want to try to clarify. I am not insinuating that a certain race has suffered more or less than another however, I do realize and am vocal about the atrocities that the Native people of this land have suffered and in my opinion, still suffer. I am not african-american so there is no personal attachment for me but the referrence was only to say that your heritage is your heritage and the one drop rule was an extreme fact of that. For someone to call it “bullcrap” that she is 1/16th makes no sense to me, if it is in her genes, then it is in her genes that was the only thing meant by it. It doesn’t give her the right to say what she said since she really doesn’t have a clue of her heritage. Jessica’s comment was very lame and insensitive and I think everyone can agree on that.

  24. Ana says:

    Sorry, what I meant was that it is “bullcrap” that she only wants to bring it up to get out of using an offensive term.
    How convenient. Since she is 1/16 she can get away with saying whatever she wants. Bullcrap.
    *She shouldn’t have used it in the first place-no matter how much she is.

  25. blind item reader says:

    I have a problem with people who assume blonde hair and blue eyes denotes anything other than random genetics. LOTS of aboriginal people are blonde and blue eyed.

  26. boomchakaboom says:

    Solitary Angel: You’re very welcome, my dear. I stumbled upon an old copy of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” at a fairly young age and read it, cover to cover. I can’t describe what it did to me, but the book itself felt like a piece of something alive. I protected it, didn’t tell anyone about it, and always put it back in the same place every day. When I picked it up I thought it was going to be a great “western”, having zero knowledge of the whole thing other than public school barely mentions about it. It was difficult to read, yet impossible to resist. I still have it, some 40 years later, but never have I been able to read it again – I don’t have to. It lives in my heart. But it is definitely a personal treasure of mine. I highly recommend it to anyone with an ounce of curiosity or the desire to know something true.

    Didn’t mean to get all off track, but this conversation did present an opportunity to at least recommend a great read full of real history to anyone who may be interested. Having been raised on white bread and The Lone Ranger, my generation had to find our own truths!

  27. Annie says:

    U.S History leaves out a lot of little interesting “tidbits” when they teach the kids. History is always written from the view of the victor not the victims. Unfortunately. :(

    And whoever mentioned the “One-Drop Rule”, you are correct, it was something that could not be avoided for African-Americans BUT! they went into specifics in regard to (for lack of a more all encompassing term for which I apologize) Native Americans. They came up with the “Pocahontus exception” which said that a person was considered white so long as they had no more than 1/16th Native “blood”.

    So….according to the one-drop, Jessica’s not considered Native. lol And therefore the whole one-drop argument doesn’t apply.

    She’s not “Indian”.

  28. rop says:

    Annie- Very interesting, now that you mention it, I vaguely remember the 1/16th rule. She may or may not be 1/16th “indian” but she is 100% stupid.

    I do have to recommend a book by Howard Zinn called “A People’s History of the United States.” It really doesn’t make one very proud of our history. He writes about events that is and probably never will be in any history book in a US school. From Columbus, Native Americans, African-Americans, Women and so many other events throughout history that has been opressed.

  29. boomchakaboom says:

    I could be wrong, but I believe the 1/16th thing may have come into play when the US government was forced to compensate to some extent for loss of land and everything else. Only $$ cause the government to set “guidelines” you know.

  30. Snoopchew says:

    @Boomchakab
    Another good read is “Seven Arrows” by Hyemeyohsts Storm.

  31. fbeats says:

    she is looks very beautiful so people attractive her people are ignore about her i liked her dress short cut for held bolt
    most her hair for care but not sure