Jann Arden apologizes after backlash over racially insensitive post
Jann Arden is apologizing to fans after sharing a post to her social media that offended many viewers.
The Canadian singer-songwriter shared a photo to social media last week of her mother and dog bundled up, which she captioned “My Eskimo family.”
Fans were quick to point out how offensive and outdated the term “Eskimo” was to Aboriginal people.
At first, Arden, known for her song Insensitive (how ironic!), seemed to think political correctness was getting out of hand, and showed no remorse.
However, by Saturday, the Calgary-born songstress gave an apology and changed the caption for the photo to “My Inuit family.”
Not everyone was willing to accept the apology, however.
In 2015, the head of Canada’s national Inuit organization said the term “Eskimo” was derogatory, offensive and unacceptable, and symbolizes colonial policies.
Arden has had 17 top-10 singles, won eight Juno awards and sold more than two million albums. This year she co-hosted the Juno Awards and was the Calgary Stampede parade marshal alongside singer Paul Brandt.
With files from ET Canada
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