important psa!!! flower crowns are a form cultural appropriation!!! Ukraine already is a very oppressed nation!!! These beautiful headdresses that they wear are called вінок (vinok) and they are much more than just an accessory!!!! wearing a flower crown is just like wearing an native american war bonnet!!!
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
i’m against terf (trans exclusionary radical feminism)
i’m against the romanticizing of abusive relationships (meaning i’m against reylo, jessica jones/killgrave, etc)
i’m against cultural appropriation (wearing bindi if you aren’t hindu, wearing native american war bonnet to look “cool and ready to go to coachella”, etc)
i support #blacklivesmatter
i’m against autism $peak and autism awareness month because their methods are dangerous, abusive and harmful toward the autistic community and because we autistic people don’t need awareness but acceptance
i’m against peta because they’re more interested in making money than actually saving animals
i’m against hydra!cap
i’m against whitewashing
i’m against the romanticizing of mental illnesses
i’m against white feminism and the “oh the poor oppressed women in non-white countries they don’t know any better” mentality
i’m against islamophobia (i’m against any sort of discrimination based on religion anyway but i’m precising this one specifically because it’s rising horrifically in my country)
i’m against the use of the g*psy word to describe something “boho”, “hippie”, etc. g*psy is a racial slur, just like the n word
i’m vegetarian but i’m against the “if you’re not vegetarian/vegan you’re a horrible person/not trying hard enough/lazy, etc” mentality. having the possibility to be vegetarian is a privilege and i’m aware of that
there’s probably more but this is what i could think about right now
Ok so anybody wondering what my last like 20 posts have been about, an anon came asked me what I thought about these two pictures. 7 years ago, Katie McGrath did a photo shoot where she wore a Native American war bonnet, which is very sacred and must be earned to be worn. Yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but please don’t single Katie out, this is not just about her it is a worldwide issue. The more wars we cause from it the worse the issue gets. Whatever wars you create won’t help the cultural appropriation of it
What Tumblr Thinks It Means: “White people stealing pieces of culture that have nothing to do with them for fashion purposes. It’s so unfair that minorities make things or do things in their own cultures, get mocked or attacked for it, but when white people do it, then they’re praised. It’s racism, pure and simple.”
What Tumblr Uses It To Mean: “White people have no culture, so they have to steal from everyone else. Oktoberfest and St Patrick’s Day celebrated outside of Germany and Ireland just so people can drink are fine, but people actually wearing a kimono? Yellowface. Certain American slang is reserved for Black People Only. Cultures should be kept separate. You can only eat certain foods if you’re a certain colour. Segregation is a great idea, as long as you don’t use the word. Also, ‘black culture,’ ‘white culture’ and ‘Asian culture’ are actual things, and totally not racist oversimplifications of rich and varied cultures. You know what? Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are totally right when it comes to culture. Don’t share. Ever. And if you’re a minority that’s happy to share your culture, you deserve every racist slur thrown against you.”
What Decent People Already Know Without The Buzzword: “Sharing culture is great. It’s how we learn about other people and expand our horizons. The term ‘cultural appropriation’ has been blown out of proportion so that actual cases of cultural appropriation aren’t taken seriously. It’s literally four things. One: pretending to be part of a culture that isn’t yours, like Rachel Dolezal, or people who claim to be Jewish when they’re not, for example. Two: reproducing and selling cultural artefacts and claiming them as genuine when they aren’t for fame or profit – that’s stealing and highly disrespectful. Three: dressing up or otherwise taking part in different cultural traditions for the sole purpose of mocking or belittling that tradition. Four: taking genuinely highly meaningful cultural and religious states of dress and reducing them to fashion accessories, which is usually only the likes Native American war bonnets, not respectful reenactment of Geisha clothing and custom. It all boils down to a single rule: are you interested in and genuinely respect the culture that you’re taking part in? You’re fine. Are you using cultural items or practices to look down upon another culture? You’re being racist. It’s common sense, and it’s not the end of the world if someone makes a mistake. After all, if they’re not in the culture, all they need to do is learn. It’s not that hard.”
This is Richie.
Richie is in his tiny little off key one man band called Social Repose. He often wears Native American war bonnets as a fashion statement and uses a link he has as his argument on why he can wear it. The argument is a very appalling and weak argument giving “rave kids” and “scene kids” a reason to wear a sacred item just because it’s made with cheap feathers and glittered and all glammed up. Now when brought up to Richie he acts like a 5 year old throwing his toys out the pram. “BUT I DONT WANT TO BE RESPECTFUL”
When I sent him a few links explaining why it’s disrespectful, he blocked me from commenting but I can still see everything and I’ll will take many more screenshots.
Many people who are Native or are of Native heritage said they were offended, and as you can see in the photos above. He doesn’t give a shit. What a knob right kids? :)
If this doesn’t prove he’s an ass, I don’t know what does. Usually I’d tell them to stop and that’s the most part of the end of it but this boy has a growing fanbase that is filled with naive little girls who want a headdress now because it’s “pretty” and “Richie wears one” which is very bad.
Please reblog this and let others know of this… Charming… Young boy.
Every time I post something about cultural appropriation this smart ass has to say something racist about it. I mean, we’re friends and he’s fun to hang out with at the studio but he’s one of those artists who like thinks that the world is just one big culture and people should wear whatever they want and I just want to shake him sometimes and say DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND YOU ARE THE PROBLEM but I don’t, I just type out really long rants and hope he listens.
all the nonsensical cultural appropriation posts (not just the kimono one) that for some reason are popping up all tumblr recently are making me want to bang my head into my keyboard. By nonsensical, I don’t mean legit posts addressing the issue (like say how people shouldn’t wear the Native American war bonnet as a halloween costume), but those cases that imo use a very extreme definition of cultural appropriation.
like NO not EVERY instance of someone wearing a traditional clothing of a different culture is a cultural appropriation. I’m a poc, and it just comes off as IRONIC that when we say, “no, I’m okay with this”, we’re often being told we SHOULD be offended. Like wow OK don’t you realise the irony? The whole rationale behind pointing out cultural appropriation is so that the narrative behind our culture isn’t hijacked, and therefore, isn’t trivialised, mocked or twisted. Yet there are people not of our culture basically insisting on imposing their own narrative on how we share and understand our OWN culture. Seems very paternalistic, and somewhat colonial, ain’t it?
I mean, I don’t know. It always makes me uncomfortable- don’t you think this sort of harks back to the white messiah trope? That even if we’re ok with it, we’re wrong and don’t know better? Don’t you realise that when a people of a culture can set their own boundaries of what they want to share, it's empowering too? I understand that there may be debate on whether a particular issue is appropriation or not, but what I really detest is the black and white mentality of “NO U CAN’T DO THIS IN ANY CONTEXT YOU CAN’T, IF YOU DO YOU ARE BEING A DISRESPECTFUL TURD.” Seriously, there are no hard and fast rules- context matters a lot as to whether something is culturally appropriative, and this differs greatly depending on whether you are talking about the Cherokees or Chinese.
and finally, I just feel there’s an inherent irony in the way Western culture isn’t subject to these rules of cultural appropriation (like noone really complains about people wearing jeans or adopting American slang) whereas non-Western cultures are expected to be bottled up exclusively. Yes, I know Western culture is powerful already. But it really feels to me that it actually perpetuates the Western hegemony on global popular culture too, by making the exchange one-way, because Western culture is so pervasive everywhere already. Look, I get that maybe certain cultures that have been very severely marginalised or who are vulnerable (like Native Americans, or many isolated forest tribes who still use stone age technology), and in those cases, their symbols are easily distorted. But cultures like Chinese, Japanese etc which are non-white, but aren’t really in danger of dying out and are better able to represent themselves?
I mean, reading all those posts saying how someone wearing my traditional clothing is ALWAYS harmful just makes me feel like my family and I are endangered animals that have to be kept in a reserve or something because we’re too weak to protect ourselves. And that just feels condescending. I mean, I actually see it as “good” if certain cultural symbols become mainstream and well-known (if they’re understood correctly). Like I’m pleased that for people nowadays Chinese food isn’t like some kind of mysterious thing that gets me strange looks- people just go “oh! I’ve tried that before and I liked it!”
so before you tell a person of another culture they SHOULD be offended, unless you have researched and can explain why in XYZ context they perhaps SHOULD be concerned…
Do you think Hispanic people eating others Hispanic cultures food is in any way problematic? I'm Colombian and I attempted to cook a Mexican recipe and one my friends told me I was being offensive because I was appropriating the Mexican culture
my answer to your friend…I’m sorry but:
Eating or cooking the food of another culture is NOT appropriative! Even if you weren’t from Latin America, it’s not appropriative! The reason why I push back so much at the abusing of the term “cultural appropriation” is because: 1) people delegitimise the issue of cultural appropriation by making it seem segregationist when they say things like eating the food of another culture is disrespectful. 2) they’re sucking up oxygen from real examples of cultural appropriation that are actually hurtful and need attention.
Cultural appropriation = treating and reducing an entire culture and people to costumes or stereotypes. This happens by stealing and taking sacred and important aspects of another culture without the permission of the people of that culture, and cheapening, distorting, sexually exoticising + doing that because it’s cool. For example, people wearing Native American war bonnets (they’re like veteran’s medals) as part of lousy Halloween costumes or as fashion. Or a company making cheap shit and calling it “dreamcatchers” when they’re nothing like the real thing.
Food mostly doesn’t fall into that category because usually the act of eating in of itself isn’t sacred, and the different cuisines we have arose out of how most cultures develop their cuisine around local ingredients. It’s not like you have to be say, Indian, to fully appreciate the taste of curry. You just need tastebuds. Treating cutures as costumes is a serious issue, but eating food or learning a language exists in a very different context from traditional clothing and religious ceremonies. Food and language, for example, are usually something that are shared freely with outsiders, compared to traditional costumes and ceremonies that need much more understanding and knowledge.
Also, throughout human history, cuisine has been something that very freely borrows and melds influences from multiple cultures! Human civilisations have shared ingredients, styles of cooking and mixed them altogether and spread them since antiquity! I mean, potatoes, for example were originally from the Americas. Yet it’s become a staple ingredient in many German dishes. Or gumbo- it’s a great Louisiana dish inspired by West African, Choctaw and a number of European influences! I’m of Chinese descent myself and I can tell you I’m not offended that plenty of non-Chinese eat and cook our cuisine! Like hell yeah please eat it- Sichuan food for example, it is the best shit ever, rice is amazing and like it’s a great alternative to bread as a source of carbohydrates. If they want to learn to cook it, sure, even better!
How are you mocking Mexican culture by trying to cook a recipe? I’d say you’re appreciating Mexican culture! The only exception is I guess some religious ceremonies may involve consumption of food…but if you’re just enjoying the cuisine in isolation and not trying to re-enact a sacred ceremony, it’s different. I mean, coffee is an example- it originated in the Arab world and was originally used in some religious ceremonies, but amongst Arab and Muslim people, eventually became an everyday drink. Even if non-Mexican sets up a Mexican restaurant, it’s fine because everyone can learn to cook another culture’s food, though I’d hope they themselves got advice from Mexican cooks!
Mexican cuisine itself is a fusion of Mesoamerican (i.e the original Americans like the Aztec, Mixtec) and European influences like Spanish! I mean, if THAT was cultural appropriation, then by that logic, Mexicans of predominantly European origin shouldn’t be allowed to cook any dishes that have any say, Aztec influences! Anyway, it’d be a sad, sad world if we were all constrained to cooking and eating food only of the ethnicities that run in our blood:
(The tortillas common in Mexican cuisine are Mesoamerican in origin- the Aztecs were one Mesoamerican peoples who made and consumed them.)
(Coffee was spread to Europe thanks to the Ottoman Empire.)
(The Mesoamericans first made chocolate into a drink around 4000 years ago! The Mayans were one of the original cultivars of the plant that produces cacao beans. )
(The domestic pig is believed to have first been bred from wild boars either by the Chinese or people in the Middle East around 8000 years ago. Other theories suggest two separate instances of domestication. Btw, it was the Europeans who introduced pork to the Americas!)
please explain to them this, yeah? If they still say no you can tell them I’m officially banning them from eating spaghetti because like EXCUSE ME I read somewhere that Italians appropriated the noodles which were ORIGINALLY from my culture!
P.S btw it’s believed the Arabs were the ones who actually introduced dried noodles to Italy. The Marco Polo thing is apparently a legend. It’ll be a sad world if every Italian restaurant had to strike pasta off, yes. This example illustrates how the history of food and cuisine is so mixed and varied we really can’t be sure its origins and it’s pointless and silly to segregate food- without all that mixing and borrowing, many of our plates would be so much more dull and tasteless.