I thought this one deserved its own post outside of the hipster headdresses. Observe the outright ignorant racism of The Sun in the UK:
Notice 4 things:
1. The headline: Katy’s “Poca face”?
2. The text: “Katy Perry looks a sight for squaw eyes”? and she could have “doubled for Pocahontas”?
3. Her pose: please tell me she’s acting demure and not war-whooping?
4. The photo caption: “How girl”?
The Sun managed to wrap four of the most egregious and horrible stereotypes into one little post. So, first of all, of course there’s the mention of Pocahontas, the only female Indian that anyone seems to know. Then, the use of the absolutely demeaning and offensive word “squaw” (read this article if you want/need more background on the term). Then, her pose, doing the stereotypical war whoop that is characteristic of almost any bad western movie or any non-Native attempting to do an “Indian dance”. Finally, the caption. Because we all know that every Native in the US greets each other with a solemn face and says “How.” Sigh. This is just a mess.
Can we play a little imagination game and think of this with Katy in an African-inspired dress? would that fly at all?