Darren Criss Shares 'Elsie Fest 2016' Playlist, From Ariana Grande to Megan Hilty: Takeover Tuesday

For Billboard’s latest Takeover Tuesday, singer/songwriter/actor Darren Criss offers up a personally curated Spotify playlist inspired by Elsie Fest, the outdoor music festival celebrating stars and songs from the stage and screen. The shindig, which was co-created by Criss and launched in 2015, will take place on Sept. 5 at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk in New York.

anonymous asked:

You're just a typical white girl appropriating Japanese culture. You're not social or unique.

first of all, not really sure where this is coming from.  if eating sushi, watching japanese documentaries, reading manga, & enjoying japanese art is considered appropriation… guilty as charged!  you caught me!   :)  having said that, the idea of cultural appropriation doesn’t exist in japanese culture, so you need to stop thinking about japanese correctness through a mode of american thought.  if anything, the japanese LOVE cultural exchange.  a lot of their culture is borrowed from chinese, french, finnish, korean, american, & british culture/pasttimes/music/dress/food/technology, yet made uniquely japanese (an obvious example is lolita fashion, which derives from the french rococo movement, or mori kei, which derives from european fairytales, or ramen noodles, which translates loosely to “chinese-style noodle” as it was borrowed directly from there).  In terms of other people “using” their culture, the majority of japanese people are honored because they are so proud of being japanese that they delight in others seeing the beauty of it too.  at least it has been this way in my experience.  when i traveled in japan, people were really excited to see me wearing japanese-style dress and wanted to take pictures of me to send to their families.  a couple people i was talking to at a cafe became ecstatic when i told them that people in california love studio ghibli & jpop.  they don’t see it as an insult, they see it as a form of flattery.  remember that avril lavigne “hello kitty” video that everyone (see also: white americans that don’t know what they’re talking about) got all upset about?  did anyone bother to research the japanese response?   it had a favorable response and was considered a tribute.  they were confused as to why the western world was so upset.  so, before you rush to conclusions about how the japanese feel, make sure you know how they feel first.  i leave you in the words of the ambassador of kawaii herself, her holiness kyary pamyu pamyu, “I want to spread the word of kawaii to the rest of the world — I want to see it embraced by everybody ”.

Also, this article from The Japan Times about how not only are Japanese people not offended by so called “orientalism” or “approrpiation”, it’s hurting their businesses because it affects their ability to sell to western markets

The only time it’s not okay to wear a kimono is if you are pretending to be japanese as a mockery.  Don’t believe me?  Ask Japan.