Michelle Williams has been accused of racism after appearing dressed as a Native American on a magazine cover. The British magazine, AnOther, shows Michelle in long braids, beads and a feather in her hair.
The cover went viral as blogs labelled it ‘offensive’, ‘racist’ and ‘sterotypical’ and demanded an apology.
New York based online magazine Refinery29 slated the cover, stating: ‘We can’t believe how offensive Michelle Williams’ latest cover is.’
‘They added super-long, thick, black extensions and braided them — and darkened her eyebrows,’ they wrote. ‘Then there’s the makeup.
‘The photo is in black-and-white, so you can’t tell for sure if they’ve altered her normally fair skin, but there is some definite contouring around the nose and the cheekbones that not only makes her look nearly unrecognizable, but also appears to mimic the stark relief of facial features often seen in early portraits of Native American women.
‘The same mimicry applies her stoic, unsmiling pose – also a typical trope in that particular genre and period of art history.’
Feminist blog Jezebel was equally incensed.
‘Am I glad that unlike most racist, stereotypical caricatures of American Indians in pop culture today, Michelle is not practically naked? Yes — but just as Blackface is never okay, Redface is never okay. Ever.’
A publicist for the 32-year-old did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
What do you think? Is Michelle’s cover racist?