Coachella — a time for good music, lots of celebrities, cool fashions and cultural appropriation. Stars like Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson are all huge fans of the music festival, but unfortunately can’t seem to figure out how to go WITHOUT being offensive.
While both stars and regular festival-goers don’t seem to think appropriating other people’s cultures is a big deal, Cole Sprouse, the woke King of Riverdale, has a different understanding. The 24-year-old actor took to Twitter to call out those who think it’s okay to be racist, specifically by wearing Native American headdresses, at Coachella.
Your Coachella outfit is appropriating 100% of a Native American headdress for someone who claims to be 2% Choctaw.
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) April 17, 2017
Fans appreciated the former Disney Channel actor’s stance on the cultural appropriation that runs rampant at the music event.
— Emma Peacock (@EPeacock_) April 18, 2017
— Galaxy (@galaxypilotsaur) April 17, 2017
— Rukhmani K. Desai (@RukhDesai) April 17, 2017
@colesprouse sad how some aren't even trying to understand.
— (@distractkehlani) April 17, 2017
@colesprouse and people make fun of Indians wearing bindis but it's okay to wear at coachella
— LetsGetNerdyScarlett (@killjoysMeh) April 18, 2017
@colesprouse It's not just about not being Native American.The headdress is for MEN/Warchiefs who have earned enough respect to wear one.
— (@byee_anne) April 18, 2017
If only all celebrities could have the same thinking as Cole…
Another favorite at Coachella? Bindis, which are also not okay to wear as an ~accessory~:
Baby V is probably the BIGGEST offender on the list. We all know she's the queen of Coachella, but not gonna lie, that's unfortunately become synonymous with racism. At this point, it's getting old and proves that she cares more about her #OOTD than the feelings of those she upsets.
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Just like her big sister, Stella decided to wear a bindi on her forehead during — you guessed it — Coachella. We can only imagine these two picking out the perfect rhinestones to match their outfits with no regard to the thousands of people they were offending.
Like Vanessa, the 21-year-old has yet to apologize for cultural appropriation.
Photo: Instagram (@stellahudgens)
In 2013, Selena thought it would be a great idea to perform at the Billboard Music Awards wearing a bindi and sari for her "Indian-themed" performance of "Come and Get It" — uh, not cool. To make matters worse, the "It Ain't Me" crooner later uploaded an Insta pic wearing the same ensemble with the caption, "Sari, not sari."
Sel continued to rock a jewel on her forehead for a couple of months (including when she went to Coachella with the Jenner sisters), even though many people commented that what she was doing was wrong.
Photo: Instagram (@selenagomez)
Oh, Kylie...don't you ever learn? In addition to often getting in trouble for appropriating African american culture, the 19-year-old has been called out for wearing a bindi on multiple occasions.
The teen first wore the accessory during a family vacation in Thailand, and then later continued the ~trend~ at Coachella 2014. KJ hasn't been seen in a bindi since then, so maybe she finally learned.
Photo: Instagram (@kyliejenner)
This supermodel was obviously inspired by her little sister, because she also wore a bindi to the 2014 Coachella Music Festival. Many (understandably) had an issue with Kendall wearing the stones because as a white model, she is praised for the look while traditional wearers are often mocked and put down.
Photo: Instagram (@kendalljenner)
Coachella is an obvious breeding ground for cultural appropriation, but just because everyone does it doesn't make it okay. Sarah Hyland proudly showed off her bindi and flower crown at the the 2014 festival in what is probably one of the most common looks of the music gig. Just add the Modern Family star to the list of celebs who prob won't ever apologize for stealing another culture — boo!
Photo: Instagram (@therealsarahhyland)
"She's just being Miley" can explain many of the downright weird things Miley Cyrus does in the name of art, but that doesn't mean she's exempt from backlash when she does something offensive. The former Disney Channel star was a fan of adding a bindi to her outfits back when she was a teenager, and suddenly started wearing the accessory alllll the freakin' time.
MiCy has (presumably) since learned from her actions and hasn't pulled out the sacred item for fashion purposes since.
Photo: Instagram (@mileycyrus)
Beyonce is unfortunately another multiple offender. In the music video for Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend," the singer wears loads of items classic to the Indian culture like a bindi, henna, and a sari. We get that the video was filmed in India, but that by no means gives her a right to use the culture for ~aesthetic~ purpose.
Photo: Atlantic Records
KP is another celebrity who hasn't learned anything from being racist for the things she wears. The singer first wore a bindi to the 2011 Grammy Awards and then again on a trip to India. While her friend and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra was with her on the vacay and didn't find it offensive, there are plenty of people who did.
Gwen wore a bindi before many of the girls on this list were out of diapers. In fact, the No Doubt girl could rarely be seen without one on her forehead for YEARS in the '90s. She would wear them in music videos, at concerts and even on red carpets, and was labeled 'quirky' and 'cool' for her ~unique~ fashion choices. It's been more than 20 years and we still haven't heard an apology from Ms. Stefani.
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We honestly don't even know how Iggy's vision for her "Bounce" video got the green light. While the rapper is often in hot water for appropriating black culture, she took cultural appropriation to a new level with this heavily Indian-influenced vid. Throughout the entire thing, Iggy is basically fetishizing the country and culture all for a profit. If that doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth, we don't know what will.
Photo: Def Jam