Walt Disney World has apologized for a high school drill team’s indianettes performance, which was accused of racism and borrowing from Native American stereotypes.
According to Fox News, video footage of the Port Neches-Groves High School Indianettes from Texas shows the team dress in purple with white fringe while chanting “Scalp ‘em, Indians, scalp ‘em.”
The group had been invited to perform in Orlando, and the footage sparked backlash by Native American officials. The officials called the performance “dehumanizing.”
Disney spokesperson Jacquee Wahler said in a statement, “The live performance in our park did not reflect our core values, and we regret it took place. It was not consistent with the audition tape the school provided, and we have immediately put measures in place, so this is not repeated.”
Ojibwe tribal attorney Tara Houska spoke out on Twitter about the video. She said, “Cuz a bunch of kids in fringe chanting ‘scalp ‘em Indians, scalp ‘em’ is honor, right? And any Natives who attend @pngisd should prolly just accept their classmates dehumanizing them cuz ‘tradition’, right? Shame on @DisneyParks hosting this.”
Other complaints appeared on social media platforms calling out Disney to denounce the team’s action.
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