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Glenn Beck wears a Native headdress on his morning show on October 6, 2014.

Glenn Beck Dons Headdress: 'I Think it Works on Me'

Simon Moya-Smith
10/7/14

Editor's note: A previous version of this article said that Beck claimed the headdress dated from the 1773 Boston Tea Party, which he did not. This story below has been corrected.

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck stirred controversy after he donned a Native American headdress he claimed was worn during the "first resurrection of the Tea Party," on the Glenn Beck Program October 6.

Beck and his co-hosts began the segment by denigrating the Seattle City Council’s decision to repeal Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day. Beck put on the headdress and said, “I think it works on me. … You just feel more important when you’re wearing the headdress. … Guys, I think we all know who the sane one is here,” he jested.

Beck then explained why he’d brought the headdress into the studio. “This is actually from the first salute or the first resurrection of the Tea Party,” he said. “When the founders went, they dressed to disguise themselves as Native Americans and they dumped the tea away. Around the [turn of the] last century, everybody said, ‘Our country is a little out of control and we should get back to our founding roots.’ This is a headdress from that Tea Party movement that happened in the late 1800s.”

The segment was a pitch for Beck’s Miracles and Massacres museum tours in Dallas, Texas at his Mercury One studios this weekend. The attractions include a four-dimensional World War II exhibit that will simulate the emotion of landing on the beaches of Normandy, according to The Blaze.com.

Once the video circulated on the web, prominent Native Americans berated Beck’s insensitive behavior.

“The reason that Glenn Beck wore a headdress illustrates the lack of respect that he has not just towards indigenous people, but towards basic human decency,” Johnnie Jae, Jiwere-Nutachi and Chahta and managing partner of Native Max Magazine, told ICTMN. “He has consistently taken controversial stances in the past such as claiming that we should be proud to have a slur towards indigenous people used as a team name,” she said.

Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska, Ojibwe and a tribal rights attorney, criticized Beck’s “jocular behavior” and added “headdresses are earned.”

“I wonder if Mr. Beck would be comfortable casually putting on a Medal of Honor while laughingly stating he ‘feels more important’?” she said.

Beck, of course, is not the first celebrity to cause a stir by misappropriating Native American culture. In June, musician Pharrell Williams apologized for wearing a headdress on the cover of Elle UK. “I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry,” he said.

Jae said Beck should also apologize, “but he won’t.”

“Beck is about shock value, he’s about ego and more importantly he is determined to uphold the white supremacy of our society,” she said.

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Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Beck is simply an asshole and I'm beginning to think the same of anyone who listens to him.

chahta ohoyo
Submitted by chahta ohoyo on
just lovin' ole glenn in his dollar store 'war bonnet'....he's such an ass....in his world we indiginees don't even exist so there aint no use complainin about his behavior(or lack thereof) towards us....just consider the source, smile, and move out....

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Maybe Mr. Butthole Beck would understand the significance of the headdress by donning a Congressional Medal of Honor in front of combat veterans and saying, "I think it works on me."

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loboloco
Submitted by loboloco on
I used to listen to that idiot when he was still on one of the major cable news channels. Then, in 2008 I just could no longer stand his rhetoric. He is a self-absorbed, egotistical, arrogant jack*ss. As for "Columbus Day", I certainly support getting rid of the name. Columbus didn't even discover the American mainland. The islands he did discover were plundered, its indigenous people enslaved or slaughtered. What is there to celebrate or honor? That's like celebrating Hitler or Stalin for invading and destroying Poland, or Pol-Pot for slaughtering millions of Cambodians.

William Morin
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Submitted by William Morin on
Beck explains that the..."...first resurrection of the Tea Party,” he said. “When the founders went, they dressed to disguise themselves as Native Americans and they dumped the tea away." ...."Our country is a little out of control and we should get back to our founding roots.’ This is a headdress from that Tea Party movement that happened in the late 1800s.” So the founding roots of their country is..... Deception, Frame and Blame FN to instigate conflict. Okay, I get it now. In Canada, same thing goes.

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toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

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toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

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toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

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toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

toso mustaj's picture
toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

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toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

toso mustaj's picture
toso mustaj
Submitted by toso mustaj on
Columbus and his "discovery" of America is as honest and realistic as Hitler coming to the aid of Poland.

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Submitted by liveandletlive on
Why is this controversial? Seattle City Council’s decision to repeal Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day is controversial. Some people get up in the morning waiting to be offended. They're called liberals. I think Johnnie Jae is a race baiter. She should have offered to teach but chose to hate. So goes liberalism. Divide and hate.

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Why is this controversial? Seattle City Council’s decision to repeal Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day is controversial. Some people get up in the morning waiting to be offended. They're called liberals. I think Johnnie Jae is a race baiter. She should have offered to teach but chose to hate. So goes liberalism. Divide and hate.

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Submitted by rockymissouri on
Beck is the lowest form of human. He disgraces everything he touches.

Rosemary HAnderson
Rosemary HAnderson
Submitted by Rosemary HAnderson on
Glen Beck needs to get out of everyone's business. He is a jerk who is full of himself. He makes me want to gag

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barbaraduncan
Submitted by barbaraduncan on
Not only is he offensive, he is ignorant of 18th century history. American Indians in New England were not wearing Plains headdresses, and colonists had never seen these.

Lorraine Landers
Lorraine Landers
Submitted by Lorraine Landers on
Mr. Beck's contention that the headdress was worn at the Boston Tea Party is entirely suspect. The Massachusetts (people of the Big Blue Hill) Indians sis not have Plains style headdresses. They had bands decorated with quills and later beads around their heads with feathers inserted so that they stood straight up. The feathers were earned. Nothing looked like Plains regalia.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Imagine that . . . someone calling themselves "liveandletlive" is here to tell us why we should continue to celebrate Columbus Day. I'm refusing to believe that people are born this stupid, I'm going with the theory that he just practices a lot.
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