AnOther Magazine is standing by its controversial photo of Michelle Williams.
The Oscar winner poses for that publication's latest issue (on an alternative cover) in what appears to be Native American attire, a look that has inspired many critics to react in horror and describe her costume as "redface."
But the British magazine refuses to issue an apology, explaining instead via statement to Yahoo News:
"While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialize or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture, as recent reports suggest."
Adding that Williams is presented in a "series of eight different imaginary characters," the magazine concludes:
"All the characters in the story were inspired by multiple fashion and cultural references, characters and eras, as well as by our admiration of Ms. Williams as one of the most respected and talented actresses of her generation.
While we dispute the suggestion that the image has a racist subtext in the strongest possible terms, we're mortified to think that anyone would interpret it in this way."
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