You know, something seemed kind of off for this shoot, and I don't mean the fact that Michelle Williams is most decidedly not Native American. No, it had more to do with the perception that a magazine ("AnOther Magazine," namely) tried to pull a fast one on us by attempting to make us believe that Michelle Williams is, in fact, Native American, and to do it so early in the week when we've just barely found our sea legs.
Don't worry about it, though, guys, because the mystery's been solved: Michelle Williams is definitely not American Indian, and AnOther Magazine is totally mortified that you'd even think that they were trying to portray her as one, gosh.
Here's what AnOther had to say, and if you believe it, there's an island somewhere off the coast of New York State that's really secluded and totally clean and also just happens to be on the market for a super reasonable price:
"While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialize or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture, as recent reports suggest ... [Williams' character was inspired by] multiple fashion and cultural references, characters and eras. While we dispute the suggestion that the image has a racist subtext in the strongest possible terms, we’re mortified to think that anyone would interpret it in this way.”
See, friends, they're mortified. And if mortification is any indication of honest-to-God innocence, then mortified it is, because do you know any better words that positively shriek "We're not racist!" than "mortified"?
...I thought not.
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