Pamela Anderson Faces Backlash for Native American Halloween Costume

Pamela Anderson
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Pamela Anderson’s Halloween costume is getting a lot of boos.

The 52-year-old was slammed after sharing two photos wearing a Native American headdress on Twitter, reported People.

“Happy Halloween,” the former “Baywatch” actress captioned the black and white shots.

In one pic, Anderson is covered in paint while holding the feathered headpiece. The other sees her actually wearing the traditional war bonnet while posing on a staircase.

The post was quickly derided with many accusing her of cultural appropriation.

One follower wrote, “I hate to break the news to u Pamela but this is the quintessential cultural appropriation that people are not liking.”

Agreeing with the sentiment another added, “Cultural appropriation is not a good look.”

While a third took it further by commenting, “This is really disappointing & racist Pam, I thought you were better than this.”

Although Anderson, who is a staunch animal activist, has not commented on the costume controversy, she did post a length response after someone questioned her commitment to fighting seal hunts.

“I am against the seal hunt. It’s barbaric and unsustainable ..to beat baby seals – crush there skulls for a 2$ pelt that there is no market for. Makes no sense. There are other ways .. to stay true to tradition – saving the environment,” she wrote on Twitter.

Anderson is not the first celebrity to be called out for wearing a Native American headdress. In the past, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Harry Styles and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio are just some who got into hot water for co-opting the sacred headgear.

Author and Baylor University professor Mia Moody-Ramirez offered perspective to anyone considering wearing cultural costumes for Halloween or to a music festival.

“Ask yourself the question, does the culture you’re imitating have a history of oppression? Are you benefiting from borrowing from the culture? Are you able to remove something when you get tired of it and return to a privileged culture when others can’t?” Ramirez said.