Mini Rant (it was cultural appreciation, not appropriation)
So I went and watched the Coldplay music video today and was incredibly confused by the comments. Let me start off by saying that I myself am Indian and am supportive of things such as reclaim the bindi. However, the music video was far from cultural appropriation. First off, people are complaining that Beyoncé was a Bollywood actress. #1, there are a couple of non-Indian Bollywood actresses. #2, Beyoncé SANG the song, why the hell would they put someone else as the female protagonist??? Secondly, there are people complaining about Beyoncé wearing an Indian outfit. That outfit isn’t mocking my culture, it is celebrating it. It was such a beautiful outfit and she looked stunning. She didn’t misuse the outfit and change the meaning of it. She was supposed to be celebrating Indian culture, what is she supposed to wear?? Jeans? NO, that’d be stupid. Also, people are complaining about showing poverty in India. COLDPLAY INCLUDED EVERY PART OF INDIA. Actually, there was something symbolic from each state from India and I think that that was beautiful to see. Seeing the poverty wasn’t bad, it’s what I see when I go to India. They included India in its raw form, not the glitz. It was real. I have never seen a music video display India so well and it’s so sad that people are turning this into a thing of cultural appropriation. It’s cultural appreciation and makes me very proud to be Indian.
side note: moment of appreciation for how amazing those shots were