Just seen something on how Jennifer Lawrence is evil because she committed the heinous crime of “Cultural appropriation by wearing fake dreads”
When are people (tumblr) going to stop harping on about stuff like this. A hairstyle is not owned by anyone.
Things I have seen labelled as cultural “appropriation” usually fall into one of two categories: plain racism or cultural appreciation which is really a good thing.
Things like “wearing a kimono style dress” I have seen labelled as cultural appropriation… WTF? Maybe someone sees the beautiful design and wants to wear it too. How the fuck are they not allowed to do that? Or what’s wrong with seeing beauty in an African print fabric and being inspired by it to make clothes in that style?
I don’t go up to Japanese tourists in Stratford upon Avon and tell them that they are ruining my culture for wearing Shakespeare masks and tshirts.
I don’t go up to American tourists in London wearing British flags all over themselves and tell them that they’re being disrespectful.
I wouldn’t go up to someone who was wearing a cross on their necklace and quiz them about whether or not they were a Christian in order to determine if they have a right to wear it.
Why is wearing something from a different culture different to eating food from a different culture? Is cooking sushi or curry cultural appropriation? Are we never allowed to share our cultural heritages? Learn about other country’s history? What about learning a different language - is that appropriation? Am I allowed to watch TV or listen to music from different cultures? Surely by this logic, it would be wrong of me to tell people if I enjoyed K-pop or African percussion, or even to write music inspired by other styles. So if there’s a difference, what is the difference?
I grew up in a very multicultural society, and have seen for myself the way that cultures and societies mingle and intertwine and it is a GREAT thing, it can really bring people together. Isn’t it better for people of different races to see beauty in each other’s heritage (whether clothes, food, hairstyles, music, whatever) than trying to police who can and who can’t do certain things?
Unless the person is doing it for obviously wrong reasons (I.e. Racism, such as fetishising) then I fail to see an issue.