All people want is for others to identify where they found something, not change the name of whatever it is to something new, give a little bit of information about the background of it and not mock/disadvantage/create rules against/stigmatize people from the originating culture from doing/enjoying The Thing.
THAT IS IT. WHY IS THAT SO HARD.
Imagine if a completely different culture took a look at american hamburgers, Then made an exact replica, and decided to call it “Beef Buns” and put out an Ad about it from some huge company that went
"Try our Innovative BRAND NEW sandwich “Beef Buns”!!! We’re really shaking up the world of sandwiches with this idea! Its minced cow meat with tomatoes and leafy greens on a bread base. Available now, EXCLUSIVELY at [insert restaurant here].”
First you’d be like “wtf. wtf thats just a hamburger. Thats not new wtf.”
Then you’d be like “Excuse me, guys, thats a hamburger. We have those in America, theyr'e called hamburger. we made them here, this restaraunt didn’t invent them. This is classic American style food. They were literally invented in Texas a literal HUndRed years ago. EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT HAMBURGERS how are you getting away with trademarking this??? what the fuck. And why call them Beef Buns that name is so dumb???”
And the restaurant responds “sorry sweetie :))) everyone is allowed to eat meat on bread :)) you’re not unique sweetie :)))) Remember u can only buy our Beef Buns here :))) that we originally made ourselves :))))) or maybe we saw a recipe somewhere but we can’t remember where sorry :))) anyway, culture is meant to be shared:))) (that’s not an admission that its ur culture tho, dont get excited) stop being so triggered: ))))”
And then people from that country were like “you american fatasses are always guzzling down shitty food.” and made jokes about us and started calling us Beef Bun heads or whatever.
And then if you as an American, lived in that other country, if anyone saw you eat a hamburger in public and they noticed you spoke with an american accent, you’d get fined or fired from your job for being a drain on the company’s health insurance, or someone would literally point and laugh at you.
That example is funny and lighthearted on purpose but like… think about it.
Think about how even if it didn’t make you actively mad, it would at least annoy you a little bit. Or even if you didnt care about it at all, you probably would immediately if you got freakin fined over it,or if someone you knew was upset because people laugh at them for eating something basic and common. or maybe even that doesn’t matter to you because its just one thing, but imagine if you had to deal with the laughter, employment issues and fines for years.
Now yes! Culture is fun when its shared. But we can’t share things that we strip the source from purposefully. We cant take credit for concepts with an pre existing rich and long cultural history. We can’t capitalize and trademark ethnic(and i mean ethnic, not “POC” meaning yes i am including stuff like Eastern European embroidery patterns) things and make them belong to a brand and not the originators and then sue the inventors for producing their own craft. Companies and Tastemakers can’t give them new names without mentioning the old ones (aka: an ad that went “try our new beef buns, a twist on the american hamburger!” would have been fine) We can’t claim that everyone can do something, while ignoring that the originators of the thing get penalized for participating in something they created.
And we sure as fuck shouldn’t do all of those things at once.
Its rude and disrespectful and dehumanizing.