Chris Hemsworth Apologizes for Dressing Up as Native American: ‘I Was Stupidly Unaware’


Trick-or-treaters, take note. Chris Hemsworth called himself out for once dressing as a Native American at a party several months ago. While announcing his protest for the Dakota Access Pipeline on Instagram on Thursday, October 27, the Thor actor apologized to followers and said he regrets wearing the outfit at a Lone Ranger–themed bash last New Year’s Eve. 

“I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for some time. Last New Year’s Eve I was at a Lone Ranger–themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people,” he explained. “I was stupidly unaware of the offense this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologize to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action.”

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Chris Hemsworth on April 12, 2016, in West Hollywood. Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

“I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities,” the hunk concluded. “I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.”

Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year’s Eve I was at a “Lone Ranger” themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.

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He also noted in his post that he was taking a stand against the DAPL. “Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi,” the actor captioned a photo of himself on set with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, which stars such as Shailene Woodley and Mark Ruffalo have also protested, is being built at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

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