A British magazine says it did not intend to offend anyone with its photo of Michelle Williams apparently dressed to resemble a Native American.
In the black-and-white photo, one of several pictures from a shoot she did for the spring-summer issue of AnOther magazine, the actress is shown wearing a black, braided wig with feathers, plus jeans, a flannel shirt and some kind of robe.
A few websites have questioned whether the photo is tasteless, or even racist. Ruth Hopkins, a tribal attorney and a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, wrote on Jezebel.com that Williams, 32, is depicted in “apparent Redface,” and calls for the magazine to pull the picture and for “all parties involved” to apologize to the American Indian community.
“While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialize or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture, as recent reports suggest,” AnOther magazine said in a statement to ABC News.
The statement said Williams posed for several photos as various characters inspired by “multiple fashion and cultural references, characters and eras.”
The statement adds, “While we dispute the suggestion that the image has a racist subtext in the strongest possible terms, we’re mortified to think that anyone would interpret it in this way.”
A representative for Williams said the actress has no comment.