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GEORGE, WA - JULY 31: Country singer Aaron Watson performs on the Next From Nashville stage during the Watershed Music Festival at Gorge Amphitheatre on July 31, 2016 in George, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

Anyone who has ever had the incredible opportunity to spend time with Aaron Watson knows that he has a heart bigger than Texas and purer than gold. A Godly man who puts family first, he is an inspiration to those around him. And, as you know, like attracts like. Aaron’s wife, Kim, who proudly claims her social media handle as Mrs. Aaron Watson, posts photos of their children, scripture and other stories of inspiration. Neither Aaron nor Kim are the kind of folks who would knowingly hurt someone’s feelings, much less an entire community.

However, the couple received a backlash of negative comments after sharing a photo of their Halloween costumes on Oct. 31. While Aaron and one of his sons dressed as The Beatles’ Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Kim dressed as Disney’s version of Pocahontas, and apparently some social media followers took issue with her costume.

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Aaron and Kim quickly removed the photo, but then Aaron took it a step farther, apologizing to anyone who took offense with his wife’s costume.

He writes, “It’s important to Kim and I that we let everyone know we were not intending to be disrespectful to Native Americans in any way. There are countless Native Americans families who support my music and my family and we love each and every one of them, as we do all of our fans. She was simply just dressing up as a character from a Disney movie. If we offended anyone, we hope you will accept our sincerest apologies.”

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Last night my wife dressed up as Pocahontas and it caused a bit of an uproar when I posted a picture of her online. It bothered me to think we may have unintentionally hurt someone's feelings, as well as seeing all the arguing in the comments. Out of respect, I removed the picture. It is important to Kim and I that we let everyone know we were not intending to be disrespectful to Native Americans in any way. There are countless Native American families who support my music and my family and we love each and every one of them, as we do all our fans. She was simply just dressing up as a Disney character from a movie. If we offended anyone we hope you will accept our sincerest apologies. Last week, Jack and I were excited to find this arrow head out at our place. I explained to Jack that this land belonged to the Indians long before it belonged to us. I also explained to him how the American Indians have been mistreated and how they are still mistreated today. The most important thing to take from this is that we all need to be kind, respectful, sympathetic, and loving towards each other. A simple sincere apology can go a long way. Also, If you have been watching the news then you have seen there are many Native Americans going thru some very hard times right now…please keep them in your prayers. Have a blessed day.

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He goes on to explain how he and son Jack found an arrowhead on their property in Texas and the country star used the opportunity to explain to his child about the mistreatment of Native Americans throughout history. He also added, “The most important thing to take from this is that we all need to be kind, respectful, sympathetic and loving toward each other. A simple, sincere apology can go a long way.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the cowboy way.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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