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Dork Alert: Holiday Hate Gets Laid Bare

The latest example of political sensitivity in the face of a turkey isn’t the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ plan to fight fowl by placing billboards near schools in several Western cities, asking, “KIDS: If you wouldn’t eat your dog, why eat a turkey?”

Here in New York, snazzy underwear purveyor Victoria’s Secret this month was shamed out of its skivvies during a Thanksgiving-inspired fashion show at the Lexington Avenue Armory.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss strutted the catwalk (pictured) in leopard-print panties, turquoise belt and floor-length Native American-style feathered headdress.

“Making a mockery of Native identity is unacceptable,” wrote an unamused Ruth Hopkins, columnist for Indian Country,
“This Native girl is ready to go commando.”

Victoria’s Secret, and Kloss, apologized profusely and vowed to remove the costume from its lineup. I wonder what manufacturers will ban next?
Barbie dolls, for promoting eating disorders? Charlie Brown, for pushing bullying? Ridiculous.

If only Massachusetts voters were as creeped out by Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren’s (false) claims to be Native American, which she used to jump-start her career as a professor at Harvard Law School. Now that’s offensive.

It doesn’t stop at feathers. Last fall, the principal of Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass., banned the observance of all fall holidays.

“When we were young, we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples. We can no longer do so,” Foley wrote to teachers.