Florence Pugh Reflects On Past Cultural Appropriation, ”I Was Uneducated”
Black Widow co-star, Florence Pugh uploaded a three page apology concerning cultural appropriation to her Instagram account this weekend. In it, she cites examples of how she had unwittingly been disrespectful in the past, and her own white fragility when initially confronted.
“Like many, I’ve read, listened, signed, donated, read again, sssh’d my white fragility and really wanted to trace instances in my life where I have been guilty,” the 24-year-old British actress wrote. She also said, ‘‘One part I have identified in my own actions is cultural appropriation.’’
The Midsommar actress explained that she first heard the term ‘cultural appropriation’ at the aged 18, when she asked a friend if they liked her cornrow hairstyle—she was defensive and confused upon learning from a younger friend that white girls wearing corn rows was exploitive.
No one cared about the origin, a culture was being abused for profit. I felt embarrassed
Citing another example, Pugh said that she befriended an Indian shop owner who would share her culture with her and give her presents. As a result, the actress said that she became ‘obsessed’ with henna. ‘‘Over the summer of 2017, Bindis and henna became a trend,’’ she recalled. ‘’Every top high street shop was selling their reimagined versions of this culture. No one cared about the origin, a culture was being abused for profit. I felt embarrassed. I felt sadness for the small family-run Indian shops all over the country, seeing their culture and religion cheapened everywhere.’’
I’ve read, listened, signed, donated, read again, sssh’d my white fragility and really wanted to trace instances in my life where I have been guilty
“I cannot dismiss the actions I bought into years ago,” the Little Women actress concluded, “but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognize them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologize profusely that it took this long.” Good job, Florence!
Read her full statement here: