Actress Florence Pugh felt sad about Indian culture being abused for profit and went on to apologise for disrespecting the beauty of the religion that had been taught to her many years ago. The 24-year-old actress posted a lengthy note on Instagram. Pugh wrote-
“I’ve read, listened, signed, donated, read again, ssh’d my white fragility and really wanted to trace instances in my life where I have been guilty. One part I have identified in my own actions is cultural appropriation,” Pugh wrote.
“Over the summer of 2017, Bindis and henna became a trend. Every top high street shop was selling their reimagined versions of this culture. No one cared about the origin, a culture was being abused for profit. I felt embarrassed. I felt sadness for the small family-run Indian shops all over the country, seeing their culture and religion cheapened everywhere,” she recalled
Pugh initially thought that because she had been introduced to Indian culture differently she was exempt from blame. She went on to realize that she “actually wasn’t being respectful” either.
“I wore this culture on my terms only, to parties, at dinner. I too was disrespecting the beauty of the religion that had been taught to me those years ago,” she wrote.
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“She began to explain to me what cultural appropriation was, the history and heartbreak over how when Black girls do it they’re mocked and judged, but when white girls do it, it’s only then perceived as cool,” Pugh said, adding that while at the time she “could see how Black culture was being so obviously exploited”, she, “was also defensive and confused, white fragility coming out plain and simple”.
“I’m truly sorry to all of you that were offended for years or even just recently. I cannot dismiss the actions I bought into years ago but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognise them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologise profusely that it took this long,” she added.