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PopWrapped | Celebrities

Chris Hemsworth Protests Against Dakota Pipeline, Apologizes For Cultural Appropriation

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Updated 11/8/2016 8:33pm
Chris Hemsworth Protests Against Dakota Pipeline, Apologizes For Cultural Appropriation | Hemsworth
Media Courtesy of Instagram / Chris Hemsworth

The God of Thunder, Chris Hemsworth, has blessed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with his support on their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.

The 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline will traverse four states and will pass near the reservation lands of the tribe. There is worry that it might contaminate the Missouri River.

Hemsworth joins several other celebrities who have raised their voices against the project. Most notable of which is actress Shailene Woodley, who was arrested on October 10th for criminal trespassing when she joined a protest against the pipeline.

Other stars who have spoken out against the pipeline are Susan Sarandon and Hemsworth's Avengers co-star, Mark Ruffalo.

Chris, who is shooting Thor: Ragnarok in Australia, took to social media to air his opposition to the pipeline. He posted a picture of himself in full Thor costume to his Instagram, holding up a "We stand with Standing Rock" sign.

"Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water." he captioned the picture.

He, then, also added an apology for cultural appropriation to all Native Americans, writing, "I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a 'Lone Ranger' themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way."

Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a "Lone Ranger" themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.

A photo posted by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on

Mark Ruffalo then reposted his co-star's Instagram picture on his own Twitter page, writing, "Yo we got a Hulk and a Thor #StandingWithStandingRock! #AvengersReassemble".

Seriously, who would want to mess with those two? Add to that Tris Prior and Susan Sarandon?

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