Comedian Kevin Hart is under fire for throwing a “Cowboys vs. Indians” party for his son Kenzo’s first birthday party.
No, that’s not the Dallas Cowboys or the Cleveland Indians, it’s a theme party about Cowboys and Indians.
You know, just like you probably played growing up as a kid.
But it’s apparently no longer allowed because Hart is under fire online and being called a racist.
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Here's more on the story, from Yahoo Lifestyle:
When Eniko and Kevin Hart planned their son Kenzo’s first birthday party, it’s possible they were thinking of nothing but the kind of themed birthday parties they’d attended as children, then selected one that seemed like it would appeal most to their toddler. But once Eniko posted the photos from the cowboys and Indians party, they raised a storm of opinions about what such a theme really means.“Zos cowboys & indians party was nothing but amazing! Thanks to everyone for coming.. we love you guys!” Eniko Hart wrote on Instagram Thursday, sharing photos of her family and friends decked out in cowboy costumes or draped in Native American blankets next to a teepee at an outdoor venue.
In the comments, amid the cooing — that is one very cute little boy — came critiques from Native Americans. Just as they often call for an end to dressing up in “Indian” costumes during Halloween, indigenous people have long called cowboys and Indians parties offensive.
“Disgusting. This is equivalent to having a kkk and black slaves party. #interminorityappropriation,” wrote @smitmk01.
Many called upon African-Americans like the Harts to see the parallels between blackface and turning native culture into costumes.
“So when ppl do blackface or dress as slave and owner for halloween ya cool with it? Yuuuuuup thats what i thought,” wrote @gymandtattooposts.
Adrienne K. on the website NativeAppropriations.com further uses the comparison between the way white Americans used negative stereotypes of both groups as a means to create the identity of a dominant white American culture.
“So, it’s clear there are large similarities between blackface and playing Indian — both are intentional acts that draw upon stereotypes and a racist history to enact whiteness — but our Nation has created a narrative in which blackface=racist, while redface=normal,” she writes. “Just because our national narrative and history has somehow normalized the phenomenon does not excuse its roots in the process of systematic erasure of the First Peoples from our homelands.”
Us Magazine had more on the reaction:
Eniko, 34, revealed photos from the “Cowboys and Indians” bash on Instagram on Thursday, November 22. “Zos cowboys & indians party was nothing but amazing!” she wrote on one group shotOpens a New Window. of guests of all ages dressed in Native American-inspired blankets and Western hats and scarves.
She also shared a gallery of photosOpens a New Window. that showed a cake covered in teepees and Kenzo in cow-print pants, a cowboy hat and a bandanna.
Many felt the fête was culturally insensitive, taking to Parrish’s comments section to slam the birthday boy’s parents.
“Cowboys and Indians? Can you not afford a publicist who would explain the reality [of] such a terrible idea?” one commenter wrote.
“Hey, let’s play Nazis and Jews for next year’s bday party,” another chimed in.Others struggled to come from a place of understanding. “My family is American Indian and comes from a long line of men and women continuing to advocate for equality for all people.
Educating people who are unaware of our heritage should be our number one priority. And while my initial reaction was anger, the only way to have a conversation is to approach it from a place of humility. A first birthday party is a big deal. I don’t think this was done to offend … But to have fun.”
The family had support from Ludacris, however, who simply wrote, “Dope.”