Recently, renowned photographer Dabboo Ratnani launched the 20th edition of his calendar on January 28. Just like every year, several celebs like Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aryan, Sunny Leone, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and others posed for the photoshoot.
But, it was actress Shraddha Kapoor’s photograph, which has created controversy.
In the picture, Shraddha can be seen wearing a Native American or the Indian American war bonnet for the shoot.
Shraddha Kapoor gets trolled
An Instagram page named Diet Sabya accused Shraddha of culture appropriation as wearing this headdress by the non-native offends the native Americans.
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ART OR CULTURAL APPROPRIATION? . . . According to our basic birthright source, Wikipedia, the wearing & displaying of such headdresses, and other ‘indigenous traditional arts and sacred objects’ by those who have not earned them — especially by non-Natives as fashion or costume — is considered extremely offensive by traditional Native people. The ‘controversy’ is part of a wider effort by Native American activists to highlight the ongoing cultural genocide against indigenous peoples (especially in the United States and Canada). The stupid trend of musicians and festival-goers wearing warbonnets across festivals has led to criticism by Native Americans, apologies by non-Natives, and the banning of headdresses as costumes by several big-league music festivals. We thought this was common knowledge. Yet, we are here, talking about it being appropriated by a celebrity calendar. @shraddhakapoor by @dabbooratnani for #dabbooratnanicalendar . #Dietsabya
After Diet Sabya posted the picture, netizens could not stop themselves for blasting Dabboo for such ignorance and Shraddha for being a part of it.
However, later Dabboo Ratnani’s wife Manisha Ratnani reacted to the controversy and stated that they were not aware of it.
She told BollywoodLife, “We were not aware of this. The intention is never to hurt anyone whether it is from India or from abroad. I had no clue of the ‘cultural appropriation’ issue.”
Meanwhile, Dabboo Ratnani launched his calendar yesterday at a party in Mumbai, which was attended by many stars like Rekha, Vidya Balan, Kiara Advani, Farhan Akhtar among others.