Hilary Duff: ‘Racist’ Pilgrim And Native American Halloween Costumes Cause Controversy

Hilary Duff and Jason Walsh attended the Casmiagos Halloween Party in Beverly Hills on Friday. This was the first public appearance for the “Sparks” singer and her celebrity trainer boyfriend. During the red carpet event, their Halloween costumes garnered a ton of attention. The Younger actress, 29, and her new boyfriend managed to offend many with their controversial Thanksgiving-themed outfits, People reported. Hilary Duff is well known for her portrayal of Lizzie McGuire and has had no drama in the spotlight up until now.

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At the Beverly Hills party, Jason wore a red and white feathered headdress complete with red face paint. Walsh stood next to Hilary, who dressed as a ‘sexy pilgrim’ in nude stockings, topped with a black fedora. The former Disney star accessorized with a weaved basket filled with corn, pumpkins, and other vegetables. The couple attended George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman’s bash in Beverly Hills, according to ET! Online.

Many on Twitter were offended in light of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline is heating up. This week law enforcement raided a protest camp and arrested 141 people on Thursday. Protesters maintain the pipeline threatens water resources and will destroy sacred Native American sites. The Standing Rock Sioux Native American tribe is suing to stop the pipeline from crossing next to their reservation, according to USA TODAY.

The opponents of the pipeline began demonstrating in January. The Huffington Post reported the Native American leaders vowed on Saturday to protest through the winter against a North Dakota oil pipeline.

The sheriff’s office said another person was arrested on Friday, according to CNN, bringing the total number of arrests since August 10 to 411. The public took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Hilary and Walsh’s costume choice.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actress Hilary Duff (R) and Jason Walsh arrive to the Casamigos Halloween Party at a private residence on October 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

Photos were snapped of Hilary and her gal pal Alisa Libel sporting matching Pilgrim costumes. Social media took note of the controversial costumes and shared their passionate responses online.

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People magazine stated Native American themed costumes are usually considered a risky Halloween choice.

“Native American costumes are generally considered a risky Halloween choice as many people view it as an offensive appropriation of their culture.”

Hilary Duff wasn’t the only celeb involved in costume drama. Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram and apologized for wearing a Native American costume while attending a New Year’s Eve party.

Sooooo the fake gun for my pilgrim costume came. Don't think it's quite big enough ????????

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Hemsworth said he was “stupidly unaware” of the offense it would cause, according to People.

“I was stupidly unaware of the offense this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue… I sincerely and unreservedly apologize to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action.”

Romance rumors about Duff and Walsh began last summer when the two were seen hanging out after the grand opening of Walsh’s Rise Nation fitness studio, located in West Hollywood, The Huffington Post reported.

“The pair have been spending a lot of time with each other in recent months, both in the gym and out at various restaurants to enjoy some fine dining, and it seems this budding romance began as a friendship. The pair have been spending a lot of time with each other in recent months, both in the gym and out at various restaurants to enjoy some fine dining, and it seems this budding romance began as a friendship.”

Date night with J ❤️

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In a Fox 5 interview with Rosanna Scotto, Duff shared her excitement about her new relationship.

“We’ve known each other for a really long time and he’s a great guy and we have a lot of fun together… It’s nice to have that excitement in my life.”


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The Huffington Post revealed Duff divorced Mike Comrie in February, after six years of marriage. Hilary shares a four-year-old son, Luca Cruz, with her ex-husband.

“My son takes priority over everything… I’m not going to be on a world tour and be on top of the charts because I don’t have the time to put in and that’s not what’s important to me.”

The Inquisitr previously reported Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton made their debut as a couple at last year’s Casmiagos soiree.

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