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Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by O Really » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:04 pm

Halloween costumes, in addition to being accused of being racist, sexist, misogynistic, etc. are also at the top of lists of "cultural appropriation." Other things, including white people adopting traditional black hairstyles, clothing styles, yada, might be a little more vague. Some things shouldn't reasonably be considered cultural appropriation in a negative sense at all, but sometimes are. Good articles, below:

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... olonialism

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https://www.bustle.com/p/7-things-you-m ... -are-60679

Discussion of "blaccent"
http://www.mtv.com/news/2891156/stolen- ... -blaccent/

So it begs the question, why is it not cultural appropriation when black people adopt traditionally white styles and language? Not entirely a serious question, since there is the issue of actual or intended profit, demeaning or stereotyping of the culture, etc., but still...

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by neoplacebo » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:13 pm

I would guess that black folks assuming the trappings of traditional white American culture is looked upon as assimilation; like "look, they're like us" whereas the adoption of non white cultural mannerisms is regarded as "popular," "trendy," or "fashionable" instead of assimilation. I could be wrong.

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by Vrede too » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:59 pm

I don't know why but I once stole some petri dishes from my high school lab. I got caught and had to serve detention for cultural appropriation.

More seriously, I've mostly avoided the debate. I think cultural appropriation is real, but am kinda clueless as to where the line is between it and homage. When I wore a red and black Sandinista scarf in the 1980s, was it solidarity or cultural appropriation? In general, I try not to offend marginalized groups unless I have good reason to do so. They've got enough problems as it is.
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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by elephanter » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:05 am

I believe that cultural appropriation does not harm the culture as a whole. If someone is so uneducated to appropriate a foreign culture, in which he was not brought up, which he does not understand, this is their problem. Authentic culture exists only in an authentic environment. Everything else is postmodern.

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by billy.pilgrim » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:24 am

Dude in my high school developed a thick British accent after spending two weeks in London. Seemed a little strange that it took 5 or 6 months to lose it.


As to Cultural Appropriation, there is always profit, or some form of gain - however trite or fadish, creating the motivation to move outside of the conventional.
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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:28 am

I was trying to think if demographically uber-mainstream me had ever been culturally appropriated. Hippie stuff came to mind, but that was already being ripped off before I was really old enough to be a hippie. Then, I actually thought of an example:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... A5Yq1DLSmQ

Pretty much everybody hated that one, albeit for different reasons. Mine was the trivialization of protest and of police interactions.

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by billy.pilgrim » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:33 am

Vrede too wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:28 am
I was trying to think if demographically uber-mainstream me had ever been culturally appropriated. Hippie stuff came to mind, but that was already being ripped off before I was really old enough to be a hippie. Then, I actually thought of an example:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... A5Yq1DLSmQ

Pretty much everybody hated that one, albeit for different reasons. Mine was the trivialization of protest and of police interactions.

Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner Ad Was So Awful It Did the Impossible: It United the Internet
I wanted to be a cowboy and ride with Hopalong Cassidy, but that was already being ripped off before I was really old enough to be a cowboy from 1890. So I settled for being a 60s Alabama hippie.

Slightly weird: that Hopalong outfit, and a bunch of tuxedos, are the only black clothing I have ever worn. Closet full of navys and dark greys that could almost pass but no black. Could this be a total rejection of my childhood or a southerner's understanding that only Yankee new yorkers wear black or that I just didn't, is something we may never know.
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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by O Really » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:24 am

I think it depends on whether the adoption of parts of a culture does harm to the original - and that harm is not always obvious. I think it can be argued that the use of headdresses, spears, etc. as in Redskins' use is derogatory to the culture, no matter the stated intent. I think taking clothing or symbols that have significance to a given culture and wearing them as style/jewelry items is at least disrespectful. But things go from a given culture or subculture to the mainstream all the time. And then you have to consider what's "stolen" and what's "adapted" and what's a derivative. It's pretty clear if you listen to the Megan Trainor vid (or any of hers) that she's using a blackish language style that is not what she normally uses. Same with some other white rappers. But then you have Eminem, who grew up in a black neighborhood and always talked like that. Overall, though, I think for "cultural appropriate" to be a serious issue, the cultural aspects stolen have to have a long-term historical significance and have to be used frivolously and/or for profit. I'm pretty sure, though, that the term will soon be thrown around with as little regard to actual meaning as the term "political correctness."

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:34 pm

A couple of you have mentioned the cultural appropriation often being for profit. I'll bet it's annoying to see others making money off of what one's culture developed. Seems that it's especially egregious when existing businesses and craftspeople lose out.

Otoh, given that I'm a clueless non-Black woman, I haven't understood the griping about the cultural appropriation of hairstyles. For better or worse - mostly better, imo - women always experiment with dramatic ways to feel better about their looks. What Black woman is harmed in any way if Betty Sue gives cornrows a try?

Speaking with zero authority on behalf of Whites, I grant full retroactive and future permission for non-Whites to appropriate our beehives and mullets.
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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by O Really » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:16 pm

Vrede too wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:34 pm
What Black woman is harmed in any way if Betty Sue gives cornrows a try?
They certainly survived Bo Derek

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by Vrede too » Tue May 21, 2019 10:15 am

Fans call out Khloé Kardashian for wearing cornrows

Khloe Kardashian is facing new charges of cultural appropriation after sharing vacation photos that show her wearing her hair in cornrows. The braided hairstyle has been popularized by people of color, who often face discrimination and dress code violations as a result.
Damn her for cultural appropriating Bo Derek.

While playing with her BLACK toddler at the beach! :roll: Maybe she appropriated that sperm, too. Also nailed a month ago for wearing a curly wig for Diana Ross' birthday. :confusion-scratchheadblue:

Really, folks? She's a Kardashian, plenty of real stuff to pan her for.
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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by O Really » Tue May 21, 2019 10:25 am

I read an article a couple of days ago by a black author severely criticizing the use of "people of color." Pointed out that with only a couple of letter changes, it easily becomes "colored people." But more importantly, it distorts various aspects - good and bad - that really apply only to black people. It was good - I'll post it if I can find it again.

Here it is... https://thyblackman.com/2019/05/20/stop ... -of-color/

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Re: Cultural Appropriation

Unread post by Vrede too » Tue May 21, 2019 10:58 am

O Really wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 10:25 am
I read an article a couple of days ago by a black author severely criticizing the use of "people of color." Pointed out that with only a couple of letter changes, it easily becomes "colored people." But more importantly, it distorts various aspects - good and bad - that really apply only to black people. It was good - I'll post it if I can find it again.

Here it is... https://thyblackman.com/2019/05/20/stop ... -of-color/
Thanks. It is odd here. I'm unaware of cornrows being popular with Aleuts, Mestizos and Mongolians.

I was just thinking a day or two ago that I've always been uncomfortable with the phrase, can't remember the context.
... One needs to ask why they’ve never heard the term “People Without Color” to understand the need for the term “People of Color”. One needs to ask why the 90% of the humanity who doesn’t identify as “white” needs to lump itself together for the convenience of the 10% who does....
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