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Florence Pugh Recognizes Her Own Complicity in Cultural Appropriation: 'Stupid Doesn't Even Cut It

Florence Pugh Recognizes Her Own Complicity in Cultural Appropriation: 'Stupid Doesn't Even Cut It

Florence Pugh has opened up in a lengthy statement on social media, where she admits she was complicit in cultural appropriation for years before she finally realized what she was doing.

The Little Women star revealed she got corn rows when she was 18 and after a conversation with a photographer friend, learned what cultural appropriation was.

“The history and heartbreak over how when Black girls do it they’re mocked and judged, but when white girls for it, it’s only then perceived as cool,” Florence writes. “It was true. I could see how Black culture was being so obviously exploited. I was defensive and confused, white fragility coming out plain and simple.”

She went on, opening up about her Henna phase after being taught about the history behind it through an Indian shop owner.

“I thought because I was taught about it differently, I was an exception…I actually wasn’t being respectful in how I was using it,” she admits.

Florence adds of her past actions, “Stupid doesn’t even cut it. I was uneducated. I was unread.”

“I’m truly sorry to all of you that were offended for years or even just recently. I cannot dismiss the actions I bought into years ago, but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognize them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologize profusely that it took this long.”

Florence isn’t the first to recognize her white privilege. These other stars have as well…

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