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Lily Gladstone calls out Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for “misrepresentation” of Native People

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Killers Of The Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone has appeared to name out the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for “misrepresentation” of Native American individuals.

The crew received final night time’s (February 11) Tremendous Bowl LVIII in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, and forward of the sport, Gladstone – who’s of Siksikaitsitapi and Nimíipuu heritage – referenced the controversy across the crew and the Native American neighborhood.

Talking whereas being honoured on the Santa Barbara Worldwide Movie Pageant’s Virtuosos Awards, the actress mirrored on the “lengthy overdue” milestone of changing into the primary Native American performer to be nominated for the Greatest Actress Academy Award.

The star famous that “a number of the first filmmakers [and] the primary movie footage was shot by native individuals documenting our lifestyle”.

She added: “However that’s a number of historical past and a number of years of exclusion or misrepresentation, and I imply Tremendous Bowl’s tomorrow. We haven’t come that far if we have a look at one of many groups that’s taking part in.”

Probably referring to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, the crew has lengthy confronted a backlash over its title and arrowhead image, in addition to the “tomahawk chop” gesture and chant, which Native American leaders have mentioned perpetuate racist stereotypes and devalue Native American traditions.

When the Chiefs received the Tremendous Bowl in 2023, protestors gathered exterior the stadium demanding a cease to the “tomahawk chop” and for the crew to vary its title.

Beforehand, the Chiefs banned followers in 2020 from carrying headdresses and sure face paint, although some followers have nonetheless carried out so anyway.

Lily Gladstone
Lily Gladstone speaks onstage on the Virtuosos Award ceremony in the course of the thirty ninth Annual Santa Barbara Worldwide Movie Pageant at The Arlington Theatre on February 10, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California. CREDIT: Getty/Rebecca Sapp

It comes after the now-titled Washington Commanders NFL crew beforehand modified their title after their final moniker was lengthy deemed a racist slur in opposition to Native People.

In the meantime, final month Gladstone made historical past as the primary Native American actress to win the Golden Globe for Greatest Actress in a Movement Image – Drama for Killers Of The Flower Moon, and delivered a part of her speech in Blackfoot language.

Final 12 months Gladstone criticised TV collection Yellowstone as a “delusional” and “deplorable” portrait of the American West.

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