I actually wasn’t offended by this family’s portrayal of indigenous people in their Wild West themed birthday party. I saw it as more cultural appreciation than cultural appropriation. They didn’t wear paint, feathers or headdresses. They didn’t beat on drums or engage in any of that colonizer foolery. It was tasteful. However, it was Hart’s response to the backlash that got under my skin. He redirected the identity of the theme from The Wild West to Cowboys and Indians while he defended his family’s choices. He equated the party to a “stupid childhood game that everybody played,” Never mind giving any consideration to who invented the game or consider WHY the Indians were fighting the cowboys. Hart then tried to justify the party theme by pointing out that the NFL was airing a game between the Cowboys and the R***kins, as if an NFL team bearing a racial slur made everything ok. Pointing out how respectful his family had been would have been a better way to respond to all the criticism he was receiving.
There is nothing wrong with being a "cowboy." If the history of the original cowboy was known then it would be known that the original true cowboy was the Mexican cowboy. The original cowboy was hard working and hard playing and most of the dress and words come from the original cowboy's life style. The European gave the bad name to the cowboy when they discovered the culture. They loved the culture so much they copied it then completely took the culture and made the brand their own. Everything was taken the entire culture from the dress to the terminology. Realistically, what did the British, Irish, Jews, or any of the Europeans know about being a cowboy? Nothing! Mexican cowboys lived very comfortably with most Indian tribes before the coming of the European. The Mexican never practiced genocide but the main goal of the European was to take the land from the indigenous. As they started stealing the land, committing genocide and ethnic cleansing they were also stealing the cowboy culture. They gave the cowboy culture the bad name and reputation. But there is nothing wrong with the cowboy and it should be given back to the Mexican.