Hilary Duff, boyfriend spark outrage for culturally inappropriate Halloween costumes

Hilary Duff is getting an earful from social media after she and her boyfriend showed up to a Los Angeles Halloween party Friday in costumes not exactly kosher for this day and age.

The former Disney star was dressed up as a pants-less pilgrim while her new beau Jason Walsh, a personal trainer, wore a headdress and face paint, appearing to be an Indigenous chief.


The couple was dressed for Halloween as a Native American chief and pilgrim. (Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

Duff posted a photo on Instagram referencing her costume before the Beverly Hills party. And even her followers found it tough to defend the look.

“How could you have possibly thought your couples costume was OK?” one user wrote. “I suggest you and your boyfriend crack a history book, beyond ‘Thanksgiving for children.'”

As soon as the official party photos were released, social media lit up with comments — and they were less than favourable. People referred to the outfits as “blatant racism,” “disrespectful” and insensitive.

Some tweets highlighted the current situation in North Dakota, in which a group of Native-Americans is protesting an oil pipeline they say threatens their water resources and land.

Earlier this week, actor Chris Hemsworth expressed his solidarity with the demonstrators in an Instagram post. He also apologized for sporting a sacred headdress to a costume party last year.

Duff has not responded to the backlash on social media.

There has been a push for years across Canada to remove similar costumes from the market. Many people, including Indigenous groups, argue they trivialize First Nations culture.

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