Florence Pugh says she is "truly sorry" for appropriating cultures in the past.
The 24-year-old actress posted a lengthy statement on her Instagram account on Friday, informing her 1.5 million followers that she is "ashamed" to look back at some of her past cultural appropriation actions, which include tattoos of henna and tattoos her hair braided in "corn lines".
The "Little Women" star began her three-page apology, pointing out that the past four weeks have been "huge" in terms of understanding and recognizing the privileges of whites.
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"The world is trying to make changes and I’m learning a wave of information that, frankly, was always there, but I didn’t know. I tried my best to publish, learn and pass on what I’ve learned to other people. And, of course, echo the voices of those who do not have a platform to share their wisdom, "began his apology.
Pugh wrote that her past mistakes were first brought to her attention by a fan who called her for a photo she posted when she was 17. Pugh called the photo an example of "Rastafarian cultural appropriation".
"I locked my hair, painted a hat in the colors of the Jamaican flag and went to a friend's house, proud of my Rastafarian upbringing. Then, I posted on it the next day with a caption that paraphrased the lyrics to Shaggy & # 39; Boombastic & # 39; " she explained.
"I'm ashamed of so many things in those few sentences," admitted Pugh.
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The actress said it was "cruel" for her to forget the photo, pointing out that for eight years she "had no idea how many were offended".
This June 18, 2019 photo shows actress Florence Pugh posing for a portrait at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York to promote her film & # 39; Midsommar & # 39 ;.
The actress said that "growing up white and privileged has allowed me to go so far and not know", adding that she was initially "proud" of the braided hairstyle.
In retrospect, Pugh called his decisions "uneducated" and also provided an example from his childhood when he befriended an Indian woman who owned a store in his hometown of Oxford, England, equipped with fabrics, jewelry, henna and more . She credited this woman for teaching her everything about culture, of which she became "obsessed".
"There hasn't been a summer when my family's hands, feet, hands and feet don't henna," she wrote.
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Pugh continued to write that henna quickly became a social trend, with major makeup brands profiting from their own versions of henna sets. At the time, Pugh said he was saddened by his Indian store owner friend, noting that the culture was being "abused for profit". Pugh said he now knows he was guilty of it.
Florence Pugh participates in the Little Women London photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on December 16, 2019 in London, England. Little Women opens in UK theaters on December 26.
"And here's the problem: I really wasn't being respectful of how I was using it. I used this culture only on my terms, for parties and dinners. I was also disrespecting the beauty of the religion I was taught. Years ago", continued his statement.
Pugh said she is "truly sorry" for all who have been offended by her in the past and in the present.
"I cannot discard the stocks I bought years ago, but I believe that we who are blind to these things should recognize them and recognize them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege, and I apologize profusely for taking so long" .
Pugh's apology was met with praise from many followers.
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"like a black fan of yours, thanks for speaking. We see real niggas like you out there, and I really appreciate your efforts," wrote one fan.
"Fair play Florence", another commented, adding: "it takes courage to admit your mistakes, but you must learn and move on".