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Chris Hemsworth Has Finally Apologized For Dressing Up in a Native American Costume

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Cultural appropriation is unfortunately extremely commonplace and a lot of people aren’t even aware that they’re being offensive. Thankfully, more and more people have begun to educate and call others out for cultural appropriation—and you'd be surprised how many people are guilty of it. Chris Hemsworth, who wore a culturally appropriative Native American costume last year, has recently taken responsibility and apologized for his actions. 

The incident took place a year ago when Hemsworth, his wife Elsa Pataky, and his brother Luke dressed in stereotypical Native American garb for a Lone Ranger-themed New Year's Eve party. Pataky briefly shared a photo of them and a few other friends in their costumes, but soon deleted the post from Instagram after receiving an influx of backlash from her followers and the media. Unfortunately, Hemsworth stayed quiet and didn’t apologize at the time. 

It seems like Hemsworth has learned why the costumes were so offensive, however, seeing that he recently posted a heartfelt apology on Instagram. 


 

Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a "Lone Ranger" themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.

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Hemsworth is pictured with his Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, both of whom are holding a sign in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a government-supported oil pipeline that could have severely harmful effects of a major source of water for many Native Americans. 

Hemsworth also took the time to pen a heartfelt apology to his fans. "I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for some time," he wrote. "Last New Year's Eve I was at a 'Lone Ranger' themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the [offense] this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue." He continued, "I sincerely and unreservedly [apologize] to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.”

Hemsworth has received praise on social media for his ability to learn from his mistakes and to take full responsibility for his actions. While we're still shaking our heads at the fact that this even happened in the first place, what's important is that Hemsworth has not only acknowledged his wrongdoing, but is educating others on it as well.


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