"Just as Blackface is never OK, Redface is never OK … The cover should be pulled, and all parties involved owe the American Indian community an apology." That's how writer Ruth Hopkins, of the website LastRealIndians.com, responded when AnOther Magazine ran this cover image of Michelle Williams dressed in what appears to be Native American garb, complete with darkened skin and features made up to appear more ethnic.
In the wake of the controversy sparked by the cover, a rep for the magazine spoke out in defense of the editorial decision with the following statement: "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 … The image … is one of a suite of images … presenting Ms. Williams in a series of eight different imaginary characters.
"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."