Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish celebrated their son’s first birthday on Thanksgiving—but their choice for the party’s theme has the internet up in arms.
First, here’s a pic Kevin posted on Instagram announcing Kenzo Hart’s big day:
“Cowboys and Indians” was the birthday theme in question.
Parrish posted multiple pics of the event on Instagram. In addition to a few toddler-sized cowboys, the images show partygoers wearing Indian blankets and sitting next to a teepee with a drum.
Parrish captioned this one: “Zos cowboys & Indians party was nothing but amazing! Thanks to everyone for coming.. we love you guys!”
Commenters on Twitter and Instagram were quick to call out the couple, accusing them of being culturally insensitive:
Did Kevin Hart and Eniko really throw their 1-year-old a “Cowboys and Indians” themed birthday party… These celebrities really love their privilege to be socially ignorant.
— Clara Jaide (@clarajaide) November 23, 2018
The theme sparked a lot of online debate:
A number of commenters came to the couple’s defense, basically stating that people are just being too sensitive, though racism against Native Americans is an often overlooked issue:
People (ahem, the Left) need to get a grip on reality.
— Jeez, not this again… (@Next__Pope) November 26, 2018
This is soooo not a big deal. Who is complaining about this and why do they have the free time to complain about it?
— Night Train 357 (@Train357) November 26, 2018
Give me a break! Why is this even news worthy??!!
— Bob (@bperez1776) November 26, 2018
These commenters think people are going too far in their criticism, and they are Native American:
I'm native American and I found no issue whatsoever. Cute party and looked like a great time. Don't listen to the objectors!!!
— OneDOC MPS (@onedocmps) November 26, 2018
But it was this comment that really cut through it all:
It’s 2018, who tf still does this anyway? I’ve got two kids (that I know of) and have been forced to dozens of parties and no kids even know about “cowboys and Indians”
— Richard Bachman (@robertjresq) November 25, 2018