Posts tagged "cultural appropriation"

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 display of ersatz Colonialism that made me wince.

This looks as though J.Crew flew into a Masai tribe, stole all of their accessorie…

By: Katrin Higher / June 27, 2015

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.

By: Jenn Frank and Megan Reynolds / June 17, 2015

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. …

By: Megan Reynolds / May 1, 2015

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, my culture was something that happened to me, but only in the last seven years has it actually become mine.

By: Beejoli Shah / April 16, 2015

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 rape case and Rolling Stone’s retraction: it’s possible that journalism isn’t able to report on sexual assault with sensitivity, nuance, and truthfulness so long a…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 9, 2014

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 soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, “Let Me…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 4, 2014

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 its masthead. [Jezebel]
Karen Levy critiques an app that puts the onus on women to protect ourselves from rape. [The Atlantic]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 31, 2014

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 representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies. I thought that would really correlate well together… It…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2014

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 outside it. [Indian Country Today Media Network]
On the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. [NY Times Magazine]
Meet Dorothy Irene Height, a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 24, 2014

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, some South Asian bloggers have criticized non-Indians for getting henna tattoos as cultural appropriation. Generally, I would be inclined to agree with them, although I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2013

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 love saris! They’re so pretty! Also, elephants! What if that old Indian guy was my stern uncle? Let’s all have Bindis! Bindis for everyone! Old…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 12, 2013

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 and that is why allegations of insensitivity are being lobbed against fashion line Paul Frank.

For its Fashion’s Night Out celebration in New…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 19, 2012

8 Egregious Navajo Violations

Julie’s post earlier on the insensitivity and dubious legality of “Navajo” and “Native American” products got me thinking about just how many popular stores have committed this ridiculous faux pas. It turns out that there’s even more than I had originally suspected. A quick look around the web led me to the eight following atrocities,…

By: Rachel Krause / October 13, 2011