Pamela Anderson says her Halloween costume wasn't racist because she doesn't believe in cultural appropriation

Pamela Anderson is unmoved by critics who labeled her 2019 Halloween costume as racist.

Anderson, 52, posted two black-and-white photos of her skin-baring ensemble: The Playboy model sported a large Native America feather headdress, face makeup and a white thong, and instead of a shirt, her chest is masked only with white paint. 

The costume immediately sparked controversy as hundreds of Twitter users voiced their dismayed reactions. While some fans came to her defense, most of the feedback was negative — leading Anderson to eventually issue a succinct rebuttal.

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In response to a critic who said her costume was inherently racist, Anderson tweeted the link to an op-ed titled "The Illogic of Cultural Appropriation." The column, which was published in February 2019, dismisses the entire concept of "cultural appropriation": "It is inconsistent with the cultural development and enrichment that a free society promotes," author Mike Rappaport argues. "In a free society, people from different cultures bring their practices to the wider society and they are followed by others in that society, making possible a richer and improved culture."

The author says that perceived offenses are not problematic unless they are done in mockery or disrespect of the culture. Critics of Anderson's costume, however, found her risqué interpretation of Native American attire to fall under that umbrella.

"I thought you were better than this," one tweeted.

Anderson does not appear to be hung up on the situation; in the days since, she's returned to her normal social media activity. She's repeatedly promoted a fundraiser benefiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with whom she's been romantically linked for several years.

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