Farrah Abraham is proud of the culturally insensitive outfit she wore to the MTV Movie & TV Awards
The red carpet of the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards was full of the usual sartorial hits and misses, but the biggest blunder of the night belongs to “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham. The former reality star showed up to the red carpet in full Bollywood regalia complete with headdress and bindi.
“I think this will inspire others to embrace new cultures and have good experiences,” Abraham told TooFab.
Abraham said that she wasn’t worried “at all” about being called out for being racist and she “wanted to bring culture to the red carpet.”
Of course, the culture being brought to the red carpet usually doesn’t appreciate its aesthetic, religion, or art being used as someone’s costume for the evening.
Selena Gomez learned this lesson after she wore a bindi in her 2013 MTV VMAs performance.
Selena donning a bindi might appear to be a cute lil’ homage to India, but according to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, “The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol… It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.”
Perhaps a better way to introduce Bollywood culture to the red carpet is to actually have Bollywood stars walk it.
This isn’t the first time Abraham has done something regrettable. Last year, she left a racist comment on a Blac Chyna Instagram post.