Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Michelle Williams Sparks Controversy With Her Cover For AnOther Magazine


Michelle Williams has found herself at the centre of controversy following her cover for "AnOther magazine". 
The actress appears on one of the multiple covers of the latest issue dressed as an apparent Native American. 
Wearing long, dark hair in braids, beads and feathers, Michelle looks a far cry from her usual blonde, pixie-cropped self. According to the magazine, Williams was 'transformed into eight imaginary characters' by photographer Willy Vanderperre and stylist Olivier Rizzo for a cover shoot inspired by the issue's theme, 'There's No Place Like Home.'

The cover has sparked accusations of racism with bloggers and columnists hitting out at the portrayal of Native Americans. 
Ruth Hopkins, writing for Jezebel, said:
'The cover should be pulled, and all parties involved owe the American Indian community an apology. Further, we could all save ourselves a lot of trouble from here on out if people made an effort to learn more about cultures other than their own by opening the lines of communication. Have some humanity. Regardless of race, we are equals and worthy of respect.'

For The Nation, Aura Bogado, wrote: 'Playing Indian not only promotes stereotypes, but violates profound spiritual significances, is tantamount to wearing blackface and prolongs a violent history of genocide and colonialism. You’ve done all of that with your photo-shoot costume.' 

While online magazine Refinery26, labelled the shoot offensive, saying: 'Pretty much the only thing we can do here is balk. Why was this produced and published? Who approved this idea? On what planet is this okay or called for, by any measure? 

What do you think, do you find the cover offensive? 

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