I’m always befuddled by people who want to write about NDNs but don’t know any
Like, “Can you provide me free research for my story? It’s about a girl who’s Native American for some reason. Anyway, please send me an informational packet comprising the Native American diet, Native American cultural traditions, Native American fashion, and Native American Native Americans. I know it says you’re Cherokee–I’m part Cherokee, too! XD–but my character, Ravenstone Moonowl, is Chinook, so pls make it all about them.“
OK I’m bothered and this is is Tumblr so I’m venting my feelings here!
This girl name is Nina Fame who is apparently a female rapper who is calming to be Seminole
What bothering me that she saying she Seminole but wearing a headdress?!?! It’s 2017 you think people would stop wearing headdress. There is so much wrong with this. First of all Seminoles don’t wear headdress, second of all not all natives wear headdress its a ignorant stereotype, and lastly headdress are sacred. Headdress are honer, respected and TO BE EARNED plus there worn by MALE CHIEFS. FUN-FACT FOR THE NON-NATIVE PEOPLE: Headdress are not for fashion, costumes, or just trying to be cute!
So I made this comment here on her Instagram
Before I comment on her post other Seminoles were commenting on here post (Yes I knew the other people were Seminole before you ask most of them are friends and family) we’re telling she can’t be seminole with a headdress.
These two people i guess you can say they were defending her. They were insulting the other natives in the comments section. Telling us that we are wrong and not true natives. We are being racist and just jealous cause she looks better in a headdress than us lol.
P.S. I can’t show you what the girl said cause she block me. The guy was being an asshole to all natives in comments then comments this to me and friend.
Then I said
After sometime past with people going back and forth in comments. This girl had the nerve to say this
I took screenshots before she blocked me. I”m wrap this up cause I made the world longest post sorry about that. I just fucking hate people like this think they know more about your culture. I’m almost full blood Seminole who the the fuck are you tell me about my culture, the culture i was born and raised when your not even Seminole. Finally, it may be concluded I wish these people would take down their pages (well at least Nina) but i know that wouldn’t happen. I wish we lived in a world where people weren’t so ignorant about natives. Thanks for reading!!! (PLEASE REPOST)
i just find it funny how some of you non-poc kpop fans go hard when “ educating” us about how hairstyles don’t belong to black people by searching each corner of the internet & reading each historical article but y'all stay quiet when an idol does blackface/brownface, says the n-word, wears native american headdresses, wears bindis, etc. ..but lol okay i see y'all
Recent #justracistthings in high-end fashion & beauty
In 2010, Jean-Paul Guerlain of Guerlain said he “worked like a n****r” to create a new scent
In 2016, Victoria’s Secret Angel Taylor Hill mocked an Arab man’s accent with her 30 something year old boyfriend in a taxi in Paris that was posted on Snapchat
In 2014, Zadig & Voltaire claimed that its boutique in a Parisian hotel will not be open to Chinese tourists
In 2013, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Giampaolo Sgura wore blackface to an “African themed” party
In 2010, Swedish model Theres Alexandersson wrote on her blog that she was yelled by a “n****r girl” on the subway
In 2015, Danish model Kirstin Kragh Liljegren posted racist remarks on Instagram and posted a meme on Facebook that stereotyped/mocked Black Americans
In 2010, Australian model Cassi Van Den Dungen posted a series of racist rants on Facebook that targeted East/Southeast Asians in France
In 2017, Gigi Hadid mocks the appearance of East/Southeast Asians
In 2016, Toni Garrn’s fondness for the n-word is exposed by Jourdan Dunn
In 2013, Sebastian Kim defends his use of a white model in blackface for an editorial titled “African Queen” for Numero France
In 2014, Dasha Zhukova poses for an online magazine in which she sits on a chair with a mannequin of a Black woman underneath dressed in bondage
In 2012, Karlie Kloss walked down the Victoria’s Secret runway in a
racially-insensitive Native American-themed outfit
In 2013, Chanel ignorantly showcased Native American headdresses for their pre-fall collection
In 2012, Dolce & Gabbana presented earrings that were reminiscent of Blackamoor statues which can be found in Italy, but more recognizably to non-Italians, Aunt Jemima dolls during their spring/summer show
In 2013, casting directors Barbara Nicoli and Leila Ananna made racist remarks when commenting about the bodies of Black and Asian models
In 2015, Valentino created a spring/summer collection that was inspired by “wild Africa”
In 2016, a non-Native American model appeared in red face done by makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench on the pages of CR Fashion Book
In 2011, John Galliano claimed that he “loved Hitler” and made a series of anti-Semitic remarks that was caught on video
In 2016, Marc Jacobs put non-Black models in dreadlocks for his spring/summer runway collection
In 2014, Alessandra Ambrosio posted a picture of herself in a Native American war bonnet at Coachella
In 2016, Dolce & Gabbana names a shoe the “slave sandal”
In 2014, Sephora deactivated the online accounts of users with “Chinese sounding” surnames
In 2015, Ondria Hardin uses the n-word on Instagram
In 2015, Sara Sampaio posts a video of herself singing along to the n-word
Serious question @ white people: when are you seriously going to stop calling other whites wearing a war bonnet “freedom of expression” and then turn around and get wound up when someone doesn’t “support our troops” or whatever? When?
Eagle Feathers and their meaning to the Lakota Warriors
Each time the warrior earned a feather, he would either wear it (but he only wore a couple into battle) or put it on a pole used for special occasions. Once he had collected enough feathers, they were then made into a headdress. Because each feather had a special meaning, binding them together in a headdress made that Indian headdress even more special. Only the men, closest friends of the warrior, were involved in making the headdress. The Indian chiefs also “earned” each of their feathers. The most prized of all feathers to receive for an Indian headdress was the Golden Eagle feather. Because the Indians saw the eagle as a messenger of God, this feather could only be earned through hardship, loyalty, and strength
white people, who intend to use (dreadlocks, tribal tattoos, afros, “chola inspired makeup”, mehndi, bindis, sugar skulls, hula skirts, sombreros, intentional darker shades of foundation, Native American headdresses, Historical PoC icons etc…) in their Halloween costume, Please get away from me. Culture is not a costume, be something yours for once on Halloween. Looking for something funny as a costume? Donald Trump, he’s a joke be him for Halloween. Looking for something cute? A mermaid, they’re mystical. Please respect other people’s cultures, don’t appropriate, then ask why we(PoC) are hostile towards you. Do not mock one of the important things in our lives.
Asian Representation in Media: The Art of Yellowface and Cultural Appropriation in the name of “Feminism”
There has been a specific issue that has particularly angered and annoyed me. That issue is asian representation in media particularly with the use of yellowface and cultural appropriation in Hollywood/Celebrity Culture. Also the role of Hollywood not casting/hiring asian directors, actors, and actresses. I could talk about Ironfist and Matt Damon in The Great Wall which uses the white saviour narrative and asian people as background characters but I am going to focus on white woman and there “white feminism”.
1. Lets start off recently with the photoshoot Vogue did with Karlie Kloss. In this photoshoot, Karlie Kloss, a white woman, is portraying a geisha with the background being Japan. This is not only a case of yellowface but also an instance for the Western audience of Vogue to consume an orientalist fantasy. Karlie Kloss, has apologized but it means nothing from a person who also wore a Native-American headdress at Victoria Secret fashion show and most likely will not face any consequences for her actions. 2. Scarlett Johansson portraying Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell is another instance of yellowface and a white actor taking a role from an Asian person. There has been a lot of controversy with this movie among asian fans. I haven’t watched the trailer because not going to support this trash movie but from what I read online the whole entire background of the movie is set in Japan. The story/setting is Japanese with scenes of japanese characters death. One argument is but “Motoko is a cyborg, cyborgs don’t have a race”. To shut down that argument in the trailer Motoko’s mom is a Japanese woman and in the manga there are clear visual distinctions between caucasian and asian women. Also there was the whole controversy of CGI people with asian features. 3. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. There has been controversy this movie with the casting and with the whole Tilda Swinton vs. Margaret Cho emails. First off, two asian characters Wong and the Ancient One in comics were incredibly racist depictions of asian people. The writers and directors changed Wong to not be just a sidekick and manservant to Doctor Strange but to be a strong character by himself, arguably. With that information, they did not even try to do the same with the Ancient One but instead cast a white woman. With the whole Tilda Swinton and Margaret Cho emails it was a classic case of a white woman wanting a person of colour to ease their white guilt and get approval from person of colour to forgive them of their mistakes. Tilda Swinton also tried to play the victim with the whole “it’s hard for a 55-year old, Scottish woman to get roles”. Well, it is hard for asian people to get roles period. Not only that the whole Doctor Strange movie reeked of orientalism. 4. Lastly, the Mulan movie from Disney. Another movie that had a lot of controversy when the initial script had the whole white saviour narrative written on it but then Disney reassured us that it would star asian characters. Mulan, recently got a director, Niki Caro, a white woman. There are so many asian directors that could’ve been given a chance but no they chose a white woman. There are asian directors that are also women. I solved your problem Disney.
In regards, to Ghost in the Shell, Tilda Swinton, and Mulan this has been framed as a step towards “feminism” or framed as in the name of “feminism”. This isn’t an “asian vs. woman issue” you can have woman who are also from asian descent. WOW. This is literally a prime example of white feminism. Then there is Karlie Kloss who issued the apology with all I want to do is empower women and girls like that is such BS. You only want to empower white women. I am sick and tired of seeing white people take our roles and projects that are aimed for us. All of these examples, the use asian culture and asian people as the background just shows how disposable and unimportant we are and our stories are. It also shows the blatant white supremacy and capitalism interwoven in society/Hollywood. It shows how the “white gaze” works to favour white, Western audiences. There are 48 countries in Asia. We are not monolithic people. All I want and a lot of asians want is proper, media representation of Asian people.