Pugh is opening up about being complicit in cultural appropriation before she understood what it was.
In a lengthy Instagram post ;
“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. 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 through a Henna phase when an Indian shop owner taught her about it.
“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. 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.”