The confession came as part of his lengthy statement to apologize for past cultural appropriation. The 24-year-old actress posted the statement on Instagram.
Acknowledging the “tidal wave of information” she was “unaware of” until recently as a result of the systemic racism unrest, the actress said she spent the last month in reflect on your mistakes and learn for the better.
“I read, listened to, signed, gave, reread, hush my white frailty and I really wanted to trace the cases in my life where I have been guilty. One part that I have identified in my own actions is the appropriation cultural, âPugh wrote.
Recounting an example, Pugh said that as a child she had ‘befriended an Indian shop owner’, who ‘gave me gifts’ and ‘shared his culture with me’ and that she grew up by being “obsessed” with henna.
âDuring the summer of 2017, bindis and henna became a trend. All the department stores were selling their reimagined versions of this culture. No one cared about the origin, a culture was being exploited for profit. felt embarrassed. I felt sadness for the small family owned Indian shops all over the country, seeing their culture and religion belittled everywhere, “she recalled.
Pugh initially thought that because she had been introduced to Indian culture differently, she was free from blame. She then realized that she “wasn’t actually respectful” either.
“I only wore this culture on my terms, to parties, to dinner. I, too, disrespected the beauty of the religion that had been taught to me years ago,” she wrote. .
The England star went on to share that she first heard the term ‘cultural appropriation’ when she was 18, after asking a friend if they liked her hairstyle, which was braided into cornrows.
âShe started explaining to me what cultural appropriation, history and heartbreak was about how when black girls do it they get mocked and judged but when white girls do it was only then seen as cool, “Pugh said, adding that while at the time she” could see how black culture was so blatantly exploited, “she” was also defensive and confused, with white fragility coming out simply “.
She also shared another example with a photo she took when she was 17, which was brought to her attention by a fan.
She wrote: âI braided my hair and painted a beanie in the colors of the Jamaican flag and went to a friend’s house; proud of my Rastafarian creation. I then posted about it the next day with a caption that paraphrased them. lyrics to Shaggy’s song ‘Boombastic’. I’m ashamed of so much in these few lines. ”
âBack then, honestly, I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. Growing up as white and privileged allowed me to go this far and not know. Stupid doesn’t even cut it, I was not educated. I was not read, “she added.
Pugh continued, âI grew up watching my pop culture idols embrace the culture the same way, so I wasn’t wrong to do that too. Now I need to be aware that people admire me and I must respond to my own bad deeds. ”
âBlack, Indian, Native American and Asian cultures and religions are constantly used and abused with each new shopping season. Appreciating the beauty of a culture is not wrong, but renaming it in the name of a trend. fashion and a $ certainly is.
âI am very sorry for all of you who have been offended for years or even recently. I cannot reject the actions I subscribed to years ago, but I believe that we who were blind to such things must recognize and recognize them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologize profusely that it took so long, âshe added.