The initial statement is that Maui is depicted as “too fat” so I want to stop here and discuss for a second because what it might seem as fatphobia, is actually a harmful racial stereotype that has been affecting Polynesian people for decades. Maui has been described in their culture as a skinnier strong warrior and the reasons of the redesign rises concerns about the stereotypical image of Polynesian people. They have expressed they can’t recognize the deity in this Disney’s movie.
So, even if we agree that the character design looks amazing and that it would have been great having a character like him in a Disney movie, it turns harmful when it comes by pissing in other people’s cultures and subscribing to racist stereotypes.
I think it is important to clear this and to separate fatphobia from racist stereotypes, the second being the ones I believe prevail in this case.
It also cheapens the symbols earned by others. Oh, those who earned the symbol would still know what they did, and that would never go away, but part of the power of a symbol is what it says to others. These kinds of symbols are not for our own, personal recognition of our achievements alone. They say, “here is a visual representation of the honour bestowed upon this person for their achievement”. When everyone is running around with a copy of that symbol, then it is easy to forget that some people have to earn it and that it means something. In fact…when many people run around with copies of restricted symbols, there may never be widespread understanding that the symbol ever meant anything.
I like that the writer draws a strong distinction between restricted and non-restricted symbols. If you’re wondering about the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, that’s a good place to start.
I’m so here for Nicki Minaj teaching young kids that if someone talks smack about you in public you have absolutely every right to call them out on it in public, shut them down and stand up for yourself.
When will people ever stop being so ignorant? I’m so annoyed with things like this because you are disrespecting a whole religion by calling it “Arabic” when Arabic is a language. Now if they meant Arab culture, okay but for her to wear hijab just got to me. Not all Arabs are Muslim and not all Muslims are Arab. Islam a religion, and despite of your race and ethnic background, you can be Muslim. There is just too much ignorance in the world.
Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg is calling out several of today’s biggest pop stars.
The 16-year-old actress, who played Rue in the first installment of the popular film franchise, recorded a video for her high school history class in which she criticizes white celebrities and singers for borrowing from black culture to make money. The video, entitled “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” was posted to her Tumblr page several months ago but has recently gone viral.
“[In the 2010s,] pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention,” Stenberg says. “In 2013, Miley Cyrus twerks and uses black women as props, and then in 2014, in one of her videos called 'This Is How We Do,’ Katy Perry uses Ebonics and hand gestures and eats watermelons while wearing cornrows before cutting inexplicably to a picture of Aretha Franklin. So as you can see, cultural appropriation was rampant.”
The video features clips of Kesha and Kim Kardashian wearing cornrows and Madonna with a grill over her teeth. Footage from Taylor Swift’s hip-hop influenced “Shake It Off” video is also shown.
Stenberg, who has also appeared in 2011’s Colombiana and on the Fox drama Sleepy Hollow, addresses that Azealia Banks criticized Iggy Azalea for not speaking out after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold.
“I’ve been seeing this question a lot on social media, and I think it’s really relevant: 'What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?’ ” Stenberg says at the end of the video.