Once photos of the Halloween costumes actress Hilary Duff and boyfriend Jason Walsh wore to a Beverly Hills bash hit social media, you knew exactly what would happen next.
Because a couple dressed as a pilgrim and Native American is, as one Twitter user opined, "insensitive and ignorant."
Hilary Duff and boyfriend wore ‘racist’ Halloween costume https://t.co/z5DAsVQXSq https://t.co/icpIDX8Xa4— ONTV NIGERIA (@ONTV NIGERIA)1477824834.0
Here's a sampling of the outrage:
HOW DO YOU NOT LEARN?! why are you like this, @HilaryDuff? Seriously?! All you had to do was ASK SOMEONE! https://t.co/WtWv2VWBEg— Christina Marie (@Christina Marie)1477836297.0
No @HilaryDuff Traditional dress is not a costume and you being dressed as a pilgrim proves to me how insensitive a… https://t.co/Rqe31405kV— Hannah (@Hannah)1477764391.0
— Neka C (@caribisland23) October 29, 2016
I can't believe Hilary Duff looked at her boyfriend and thought "yes this costume is perfect and not offensive."— nose (@nose)1477775499.0
With that, Duff and Walsh issued apologies on social media. But they weren't of the oops-and-move-on class of mea culpas; rather their collective tone seemed a bit more concerned — along the lines of making nice when a growing-in-number gang is circling around:
I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume.It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my ❤️sorry.— Hilary Duff (@Hilary Duff)1477856532.0
Here's some more outrage and pontifcating:
All this to say, on the other end of the spectrum, quite a few social media users thoroughly lambasted those who were offended by the costumes.
(H/T: Young Conservatives)