A 21-year-old Australian woman is getting criticized, (and rightfully so) for her choice of theme for a party.

Olivia Mahon asked attendees to wear “African themed” costumes/clothing, and of course blackface, gorrillas, warpaint and Native American headdresses were the result.

Mahon proudly posted pics from her party onto her Facebook account. After receiving numerous complaints, she took to Tumblr and wrote this response.

From Buzzfeed:

“It was my ‘African themed’ party and it was honestly made that theme because I have always wanted to go to Africa (to teach english) but haven’t made it there yet. In no way was this party intended to hurt anyones feelings or upset anyone at all. In fact as you can tell from the photos I dressed up as cleopatra, whilst MAJORITY of my guests came as animals, that can be found in africa or wore traditional african clothes or even dressed up as famous people who come from Africa.”

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Mahon goes on to say “if anything this was to celebrate the amazing country and people” and has sense deleted all of her social media accounts.

Anyone peep the random guy dressed as a KKK member in the mix? Last time we checked they weren’t clothed during Apartheid on the continent.

Thoughts on the party?

Racist or not racist?

Sound off below!