RHOA: Inside Kenya Moore’s Apology For Her Halloween Costume
Kenya Moore is apologizing for her actions on the Halloween 2020 episode on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. The reality star came under fire on March 22, 2021 after the episode of RHOA aired. In the episode, she wore a feathered headdress and suede dress for the October holiday. Kenya described her costume as a Native American “warrior princess,” but was called out for it by her co-stars, per People. “Kenya’s Native American costume is super problematic but I ain’t trying to ruffle no feathers for this girls trip,” Drew Sidora said during a confessional, according to the outlet. “It feels like I’m always the only one that sees the issues with Kenya Moore’s decisions.”
Porsha Williams added, “Kenya is a Native American warrior… Like I knew this girl was crazy but add lame to the list, add whack to the list.” Porsha went even further and said Kenya’s costume was “head-to-toe cultural appropriation,” while others came to her defense on The Real Housewives of Atlanta After Show.
In response to the backlash she received, Kenya tweeted that the costume was “also part of my heritage #RHOA,” shortly after the episode aired, per People. (The tweet has since been deleted.) But it didn’t stop the backlash, as she has now issued an apology. Keep scrolling to find out what Kenya had to say.
Kenya Moore 'regrets' wearing the Native American costume on RHOA
Kenya Moore issued an apology on March 23, 2021 for wearing a feathered headdress as a costume on an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. In addition to backlash from her fellow Housewives, Kenya’s costume also drew criticism from IllumiNative — a nonprofit organization that aims to increase visibility for Native Americans in American society — for “perpetuating negative stereotypes.”
“I want to sincerely apologize for inappropriately wearing the Native American headdress as a costume,” Kenya said in a statement to Page Six. “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.”
In addition to Kenya’s apology, Bravo also issued a statement responding to the criticism. “Bravo aims to have the highest standards of respect and inclusivity and we recognize that the recent episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, in which a cast member wears a Native American costume, did not uphold those values,” the statement read. “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.”
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