Dozens of commenters wrote to Gretzky, scolding the hockey wife for photographing the girls in traditional First Nations headdresses. They accused her of cultural appropriation and misunderstanding aboriginal culture.
“In Canada, we work tirelessly for understanding and reconciliation with our First Nations people. Your family can do what you like, but with your wealth and high Canadian profile, the cultural insensitivity you have displayed in this post gives me pause and no pleasure,” wrote shllclark5.
“Others supported Gretzky, saying that people were taking their analysis of the picture too far.
“They are costumes no different than Halloween. Beautiful photo. Beautiful girls. Stay blessed. No offense taken here. Love from a metis in Canada,” wrote missbabesintoyland.
What do you think? Is this offensive? Is this disrespectful of Native Peoples? I’m thinking it’s harmless; kids on vacation dressing up for fun. I think it’s actually nice to see kids being interactive and using their imagination and not totally engrossed in their phones or Pokemon.