Last month, Drew Sidora called Kenya Moore’s Halloween costume “super problematic” during an episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, now the tables have turned.
via: Page Six
Kenya Moore may have brought out the “receipts,” but her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-star Drew Sidora has some of her own.
After Moore, 50, accused Sidora, 35, of “cultural appropriation” on Twitter on Monday for dressing “as an Indian for Halloween” in the past, the “That’s So Raven” alum exclusively shared personal photos with Page Six that show her family honoring their Native American heritage.
Does this look like a “family celebration”? Drew is weird and obvious pathological liar. She dressed as an Indian for Halloween. I unfortunately dressed as a Native American for which I apologized. Cultural appropriation is wrong period #receipts #RHOA pic.twitter.com/h3NYQEM3nJ
— KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) April 26, 2021
“In this climate of addressing diversity, I am happy to put a spotlight on my indigenous background from my maternal side of the family,” Sidora told us on Tuesday.
“According to my mother, I am part of the Choctaw Native American Tribe, and my great-grandparents grew up and lived in Coushatta, Louisiana, all their lives.”
She further explained, “In fact, in 2011, my family returned to our family roots of Coushatta, Louisiana, for a family reunion and celebration in which the theme was ‘Our Branches Stretch Wide, But Our Roots Go Deep.’ During this time, I inherited an authentic ‘tribal garment’ and wore it to our family celebration.”
During the “RHOA” reunion on Sunday, Andy Cohen questioned Moore about an offensive Native American costume she wore on this season’s Halloween episode that sparked outrage amongst viewers and Native American activist groups.
“It was such a bad mistake on my part because if I have this heritage, I should have known better,” Moore said before calling out Sidora.
“In Drew’s case, she dressed as an Indian woman for Halloween also, so it would be nice instead of pointing a finger to say, ‘Yes, we all have made these mistakes and let’s all try to do better because now we know better,’” she added.
Sidora said at the reunion that she wore the Native American garments at her “mother’s family reunion.”
“It wasn’t a Halloween costume,” she clarified. “You’re talking about over 10 years ago at a family reunion. We did a ceremony for our ancestors in Louisiana, where we all wore Native American [clothes], and those weren’t costumes from Party City. It was actually made by my mother’s great-grandmother.”
Moore replied in the episode, “Stop lying. It was hashtag Halloween.”
The former Miss USA then tweeted, “Does this look like a ‘family celebration’? Drew is weird and obvious pathological liar. She dressed as an Indian for Halloween. I unfortunately dressed as a Native American for which I apologized. Cultural appropriation is wrong period #receipts #RHOA.”
The picture that Moore resurfaced on social media features Sidora’s sister, who is not dressed in Native American clothing, so it does not appear to be from the same family gathering event the “White Chicks” actress attended in Louisiana.
Sidora told Page Six she has worn her tribal garment “at various times” to “showcase my proud heritage; not as a costume bought at Party City.”
“Ten years ago, I wore my tribal garment to a party with my sister as a proud member of an indigenous people,” the “Game” star added. “It was never my intent to be insensitive to my ancestral roots, but merely my way of displaying and honoring a culture that runs deep within my DNA.”
She did not address what appeared to be a bindi on her forehead in the old photo.
Despite her good intentions, Sidora issued an apology in her statement to Page Six.
“In doing so, if I’ve offended anyone, I apologize,” she said. “Every day, I’m inspired by stories from my mother and the lessons passed down from one generation to the next. I hope this dialogue leads to a better understanding about cultural appropriation. It’s a teachable moment for us all.”
Part 2 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” airs Sunday May 2, 2021.