Hilary Duff has apologized for her controversial Halloween costume.
The Younger star, 29, took to Twitter to apologize to her fans after she and her new beau Jason Walsh dressed up as a
sexy pilgrim and Native American “chief” for the annual Casamigos Halloween party in Los Angeles on Friday night.
“I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume,” she wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my [heart] sorry.”
Walsh also issued an apology shortly after Duff, writing that he didn’t mean “any disrespect.”
“I meant no disrespect,” he wrote on Instagram. “I only have admiration for the indigenous people of America. In hindsight I would not have made that decision. I apologize to anyone I may have offended.”
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The actress stepped out with Walsh for the couple’s first public event together, and their choice was deemed inappropriate and offensive by many who took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Fans commented that it was especially troubling in light of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Protesters say the pipeline threatens the local water supply and destroys sacred Native American sites, particularly those of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Native American costumes are have long been considered a risky Halloween choice as many people view it as an offensive appropriation of their culture. Chris Hemsworth even recently apologized for wearing a Native American costume at a New Year’s Eve party, saying he was “stupidly unaware” of the offense it would cause.