Here we go again. Another politically correct outrage, the only kind worthy of news coverage.
It’s a grain of sand on the beach of media bias, for sure, but some grains do sparkle more than others. This one has that touch of glamour connected with lingerie supermodels: it has a hook that attracts readers naturally. If properly examined, this story reveals that the news media has a list of acceptable “injustices” in which native Americans rank high, as do some other historically abused minorities. The same holds true for all religions, except Christianity.
This is not to say that the outrage felt by Native Americans is unjustified. Not at all: they do have a valid point. A sacred object was improperly used. But if Victoria’s Secret had chosen crucifixes and images of the Virgin Mary as props and Christians complained, would the outrage of devout Christians would get the same kind of coverage? Of course not. Such a story would probably never get covered, or, if it did, the resulting articles would most probably poke fun at the outrage (as happened with the piss Christ and manure Mary incidents).
Also: can you imagine what kind of coverage the outrage of Cuban exiles would get if we were to complain about an offensive cartoon printed by hundreds of newspapers, including the Washington Post? Or our outrage over merchandise stamped with images of Che Guevara and worn by celebrities? Can you imagine anyone apologizing or imagine a news article that covers the apologies? Yeah… just try to imagine that, difficult as it is to stretch the imagination so, so much.
Victoria’s Secret apologizes after use of Native American headdress in fashion show draws outrage
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona – Victoria’s Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
The company responded to the complaints over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and that it wouldn’t include the outfit in the show’s television broadcast next month, or in any marketing materials.
“We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone,” the company said.
Historically, headdresses are a symbol of respect, worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors. For Great Plains tribes, for instance, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery. Some modern-day Native American leaders have received war bonnets in ceremonies accompanied by prayers and songs.
“When you see a Lakota chief wearing a full headdress, you know that he was a very honorable man. He was a leader. He did a lot of honorable things for his people,” said Michelle Spotted Elk, a Santa Cruz, California, woman of mixed heritage whose husband is Lakota. “It also has religious significance. With them, there’s not a division between spirituality and their leadership.”
Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss walked onto the runway last week wearing the floor-length feathered headdress, leopard-print underwear and high heels. She also was adorned with fringes and turquoise jewelry during a segment meant to represent the 12 months of the year — fireworks in July, rain gear for April and a headdress for November.
Kloss herself posted on Twitter that she was “deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone.”
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