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Comedian and wife under heavy fire after throwing son ‘Cowboys & Indians’ birthday party

Comedian Kevin Hart and his wife sparked the ire of many social media users after the couple posted photos of their son's cowboys & Indians-themed birthday party. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ. Magazine)

Comedian Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko Parrish, stirred controversy after sharing photos on social media depicting their 1-year-old son's "Cowboys & Indians"-themed birthday.

What are the details?

The party, which apparently took place last week, featured the family and their son, Kenzo, at the child's first birthday party.

Several group shots show attendees dressed up as either cowboys or Native Americans. The birthday was replete with native-inspired decorations like blankets and teepees.

Eniko captioned one photo, "Zos cowboys & indians party was nothing but amazing! Thanks to everyone for coming.. we love you guys!'

The family received a lot of criticism over the party's theme, with many social media users calling the party inappropriate and offensive.



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Zos cowboys & indians party was nothing but amazing! Thanks to everyone for coming.. we love you guys! ♥

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What was the backlash?

One user wrote, "As a person of color you SHOULD know better, than [sic] again, I don't see you standing up for nothing but laughs."

Another user chimed in, "As fellow aboriginal people, y'all should know why this 'theme' is wrong on so many levels. Sickening."

One user, however, defended the Hart family for their choice in their son's first birthday party.

The user — who claimed to be Native American — wrote, "My family is American Indian and comes from a long line of men and women continuing to advocate for equality for all people. Educating people who are unaware of our heritage should be our number one priority. And while my initial reaction was anger, the only way to have a conversation is to approach it from a place of humility. A first birthday party is a big deal. I don't think this was done to offend ... But to have fun."


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A few of his LA titis.. ♥

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What else?

Another user defended the Harts' celebration, and wrote, "Anyone who thinks this baby's birthday theme is anything but a cute birthday theme has way deeper issues then they choose to admit. I hope your little one had a great day!!"

Another user, however, took such offense to the photos that they reportedly decided to stop supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Because of your actions I'm no longer supporting Black Lives Matter," the user wrote. "[O]h well."

Another wrote, "Imagine being so woefully out of touch, that one marginalized group appropriates another ..."

The family has yet to issue a public statement on the controversy surrounding their son's birthday party.


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@kenzos.world ♥

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