Kenya Moore is in hot water!
The reality TV star is accused of cultural appropriation after the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Kenya attended a Halloween party in a feathered headdress and tan fringe-dress, claiming she was a “warrior princess,” but it was clear as day that she was dressed up as a Native American.
While none of Kenya’s RHOA co-stars called her out to her face, they all had a lot to say in their confessionals.
“Kenya’s Native American costume is super problematic, but I ain’t trying to ruffle no feathers for this girls’ trip,” said Drew Sidora. “It seems like I’m the only one who sees the issues with Kenya Moore’s decisions.”
Porsha Williams added, “She is a Native American warrior. I thought we weren’t doing that no more. I knew that this girl was crazy, but add lame to the list, add wack to the list.”
On the RHOA After Show, Porsha elaborated on her issues with Kenya’s costume.
“Someone was dressed fully, head to toe, in cultural appropriation,” she said, “How many times they gotta ask us not to wear that? How many times? Head to toe, just drippin'”
LaToya Ali said she “couldn’t believe” the costume; however, Kandi Burruss defended their co-star.
“I didn’t think anything of it. If anything, I think she, to be an Indian princess, she thinks that’s a beautiful thing,” Kandi said. “I don’t think she was wearing the costume to mock anyone. I think she thought it was a beautiful costume, a sign of a leader, someone to look up to, not to be made fun of. I don’ think she was doing it as a joke to be mean.”
Not surprisingly, most fans took MAJOR issue with Kenya’s problematic costume and called her out for cultural appropriation on social media.
Kenya initially balked at the criticism and claimed the costume was “also part of my heritage.” She later issued a full apology for her lapse in judgment and deleted the tweet claiming the costume was part of her “heritage.”
“I want to sincerely apologize for inappropriately wearing the Native American headdress as a costume,” Kenya said in a statement. “I now realize that this was both disrespectful and insensitive and would never have done it if I had that knowledge and understanding beforehand. I regret it. When you know better, you do better. I am genuinely sorry.”
Bravo added, “We had hoped it would provide a teachable moment, however in retrospect, it is clear that the network did not address this properly given the gravity of the situation. We apologize to both the Native American community and our audience as a whole.”
RHOA airs on Sundays at 8 pm EST on BRAVO.