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 October 29

by Carolina

Halloween is a night of fright — especially for celebrities who dare to go to extremes with costumes that offend.

From blackface to cultural appropriation, see all the blunders that celebrities like Julianne Hough, Kate Hudson and more have made at past costume parties.

Shaun White as Simple Jack

Shaun White as Simple Jack from
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In 2018, the pro snowboarder dressed as Simple Jack, a mentally disabled character from “Tropic Thunder.” In the movie, which also included Robert Downey Jr. in blackface, Ben Stiller played Simple Jack. Stiller defended White’s costume choice at the time, but White took to Instagram to issue an apology to the Special Olympics in particular.

Kate Hudson as the “Wild Wild Country” cult

Kate Hudson as
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Hudson and friends dressed up as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers from “Wild Wild Country” in 2018. Wow….yuck… this group committed bio-terrorism against my home town. This was really, really poor,” one commenter said at the time. But a former member called the depiction “respectful.”

Luann de Lesseps as Diana Ross

Luann DeLesseps as Diana Ross
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In a now-infamous TV moment in 2018, de Lesseps walked into a “Real Housewives of New York” Halloween party dressed as the Motown icon. Her skin appeared to be a noticeably darker color, and she wore a hairstyle never seen on Ross. De Lesseps later went on “Watch What Happens Live” to say, “I didn’t add anything or would ever, ever dream of doing a blackface. Ever … I’m very sorry to everyone out there if I offended anyone.”

Harry Hamlin as Sid Vicious

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen
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Hamlin went too literal with his Sid Vicious costume in 2015. Vicious did in fact wear a swastika T-shirt in a 1978 mockumentary, but critics felt the symbol should have been left in the past. Lisa Rinna apologized on her husband’s behalf, saying the costumes “hurt and angered many of you and we are deeply sorry for that.”

Nicky Hilton as a Native American

Nicky Hilton as a native American
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The 2015 Casamigos Halloween party was a hotbed for controversy. In addition to the aforementioned look on Hamlin, it also saw the younger Hilton sister wearing Native American attire.

Ellie Goulding as a Native American

Ellie Goulding as a Native American
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In 2014, Ellie Goulding chose the same culturally insensitive (yet somehow still popular) costume and posted a snapshot to Instagram. She deleted the post after commenters scolded her for the look.

Kenya Moore as a Native American

Kenya Moore in a traditional Native American headdress.
Kenya Moore in a traditional Native American headdress.
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After a Halloween-themed March 2021 episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in which Moore wore a Native American headdress, both she and Bravo apologized.

Hilary Duff and Jason Walsh as a pilgrim and a Native American

Hilary Duff and then-boyfriend dressed as a pilgrim and a Native American
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Duff didn’t realize how loaded this 2016 couple’s costume truly was. She took to Instagram to say, “I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume. It was not properly thought through and I am truly, from the bottom of my [heart emoji] sorry.”

Ashley Benson as Cecil the Lion

Ashley Benson as Cecil the Lion
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The “Pretty Little Liars” actress poked the bear — or the lion, rather — when she dressed up in 2015 as Cecil the Lion, who was hunted for sport by an American dentist.

Heidi Klum as a Hindu goddess

Heidi Klum as a Hindu goddess
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Heidi Klum goes all out for Halloween, but the Hindu community was offended when she showed up to her 2008 costume party as the goddess Kali. She never apologized for the choice.

Scott Disick as a sheikh

Scott Disick as a sheikh
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Disick got called out for appropriating Middle Eastern culture when he dressed up as a sheik in 2014. Khloé Kardashian posted a photo of the outfit, sparking outrage, but Disick maintained that “[he] posted a picture of [his] sheik outfit and everyone loved it” on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Tia Mowry as a geisha

Tia Mowry as a geisha
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Mowry courted controversy when she dressed as a geisha in 2013. Many called her out for making light of Japanese culture, while others defended her choice as a tribute. Her Instagram post of the look is still up, and the star never commented on the matter.

Julianne Hough as “Crazy Eyes”

Julianne Hough as
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Julianne Hough dressed up as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren from “Orange Is the New Black” in 2013, wearing a heavy layer of bronzer. She apologized multiple times and told Allure, “Ignorance is sometimes not bliss; I really had no idea what I was doing, and it was all out of fun and respect for the character … I don’t even know how to talk about it because it’s such a sensitive topic. It makes me so sad to think that I was that dumb. I learned a big lesson.”

Chris Brown as a terrorist

Chris Brown as a terrorist
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In 2012, Brown attended Rihanna’s Halloween party dressed as what appeared to be a terrorist. The internet was furious, but the singer never apologized.

Lily Allen as Dr. Luke

Lily Allen as Dr. Luke
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Right after Kesha accused Dr. Luke of sexual assault in 2014, Lily Allen went to a Halloween party as a gynecologist who shared the music producer’s name. People were outraged and accused Allen of not taking the issue seriously.

O.J. Simpson as a gynecologist

O.J. Simpson as a gynecologist for Halloween 2018.
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In 2018, Simpson dressed as a fictional gynecologist named “Dr. Seymour Bush.” When asked by a fan about his questionable costume, the ex-con said he was giving out “free exams” all night long.

Pamela Anderson as a Native American

Pamela Anderson came under fire for her 2019 Halloween costume featuring a large Native American headdress and skimpy underwear, with just white paint covering her top half. The “Baywatch” alum responded to critics by sharing an article titled “The Illogic of Cultural Appropriation.”

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