Harry, or the lowly staffer who runs his account, quickly removed the photo and posted another.
The One Direction singer now appears in a rustic setting, wearing a simple plaid flannel shirt. But there was no covering up. The headdress photo had gone viral before it could be taken down.
“Cultural appropriation is not nice, regardless of context or intent. Let’s leave it at that,” read a Tweet on a One Direction fan account with 732,000 Twitter followers.
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The incident follows on the heels of another blowup involving Warner Bros. and the casting of Rooney Mara to play Tiger Lily in a re-imagining of the J. M. Barrie classic “Peter Pan.”
Mara is slated to play Tiger Lily, a tribal princess who lives on the island of Neverland, and is Peter’s love interest. Protesters say the part should have gone to a Native American.
Disney faced a similar protest over Johnny Depp’s casting as the Comanche Indian Tonto in the film “The Lone Ranger.”
Many fans on Twitter defended Harry, even if they didn’t approve of his choice of headwear.
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