cultural appropriation

Let’s Talk About Who Bears Responsibility For Cultural Appropriation

Spoiler alert: It’s the dominant culture, not those who are historically and continually oppressed.

Tiffanie Drayton |

No, Beyoncé Is Not Appropriating Anything In Coldplay’s New Video

 Are white people the only ones who can be accused of cultural appropriation? The short answer: Yes.

Tiffanie Drayton |

People Are Furious Over Kendall Jenner’s New Fashion Campaign

“A member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan infuriating the masses? That’s unheard of!” said no one ever.

Kendall Jenner took to Instagram yesterday to announce her new modelling gig…

College Candy |

University Of Ottawa Shuts Down Yoga For Disabled Students Because Of “Colonialism”

Despite her attempts at compromise, yoga instructor Jennifer Scharf’s class was still canceled in order to make classes “more interesting, accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of students.” …

Bronwyn Isaac |

Allure Used A White Model To Demonstrate How To Do An Afro

Guys. Let’s get it together.

Megan Reynolds |

Why Is Lululemon Launching A Beer Called “Curiousity Lager”?

What, precisely, are you curious about, if you’re drinking this beer?

Megan Reynolds |

7 Essential Things To Know About Cultural Appropriation

Over the weekend, “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg blasted Kylie Jenner for appropriating Black culture with little to no regard for the struggles of the Black people who created it,…

Tiffanie Drayton |

Train Wreck African-Themed Fashion Show Had No Black Models Whatsoever

In this week’s news of egregious cultural appropriation, Japanese fashion designer Junya Watanabe showed his Spring 2016 collection at the Museum of Immigration in Paris and it was a terrible…

Katrin Higher |

We Watched And Analyzed The “Bitch I’m Madonna” Music Video

We here at the Frisky watched the debut of “Bitch I’m Madonna” this morning; Jenn and Megan debate the merits, and failings, of Madonna’s latest music video.

Jenn Frank and Megan Reynolds |

The 2015 Met Gala Could Be A Minefield Of Cultural Appropriation

“China: Through The Looking Glass” doesn’t mean you should put some chopsticks in your hair and call it a day.

Megan Reynolds |

The Soapbox: My Bindi Is Not Your Bindi

I’ve realized that there’s a rather marked difference in being proud of your culture, and having ownership over it. Both are important and necessary, but for 20-some odd years,

Beejoli Shah |

Black Lives Don’t Matter At The New Republic

Ta-Nehisi Coates explains why black lives didn’t and haven’t ever really mattered to The New Republic, in relation to last week’s staffing fiasco. [Atlantic]
Regarding the UVA gang…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

An Open Letter To Iggy Azalea Regarding Her Appropriation Of Black Culture While Ignoring The Issues Faced By The Black Community

Dear Iggy Azalea,

I was a Black child of the ’90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the…

Tiffanie Drayton |

Please, Please, Please Do Not Culturally Appropriate This Halloween

For the last time, please stop appropriating other people’s cultures for your Halloween costume, please, please, please. [Huffington Post]
The Washington Post will soon only have men on…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Katy Perry Responds To Accusations Of Racial Insensitivity

“As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a…

Jessica Wakeman |

Tech Conference Features Booth Babes In A Tee Pee, Because Of Course It Does

Holy cultural appropriation, nerds! Last week, a tech company erected a teepee at a conference and hired models to dress in faux Native American garb while they hung around…

Jessica Wakeman |

Rihanna Got A Henna-Inspired Tattoo All Over Her Hand

Rihanna got a henna-inspired tattoo all over her hand and wrist this weekend in a grueling 11-hour tat session with artist Bang Bang McCurdy. However, as The Gloss notes,…

Jessica Wakeman |

Iggy Azalea’s “Bounce,” Bounces Right Into Cultural Appropriation Territory

I’m going to walk you through what I imagine might have been the thought process/creative storyboarding for this new Indian-themed* music video from Australian rapper/singer Iggy Azalea.

“I…

Julie Gerstein |

Paul Frank In Hot Water For Appropriating Native American Culture On Fashion’s Night Out

Fashion, music, art — they all routinely mine the world’s bounty of riches for inspiration. But there’s an area where appreciation for someone else’s history and culture becomes straight-up appropriation…

Jessica Wakeman |
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