7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation DEBUNKED! | Decoded | MTV News


– They say imitation is the
highest form of flattery. But what happens when
it’s not so flattering? (fast-paced electronic music) The more you learn about the
world and the people in it, you quickly realize just how
beautiful and diverse it is. So where’s the line
between cultural exchange, appreciation, and appropriation? Why does it even matter? Here are seven myths about
cultural appropriation debunked. “You’re just looking for
something to be offended by. “It’s just clothing, hairstyles,
decorations, whatever. “Don’t you have something
better to worry about?” Okay, first off, it’s possible to care about more than one issue at a time. The main problem with
cultural appropriation comes from dominant groups borrowing from marginalized groups,
who face oppression or have been stigmatized
for their cultural practices throughout history. Like cornrows: I mean
anyone can wear their hair in cornrows, but black
people still face stigmas for wearing them, along with
perfectly natural hairstyles like braids and locks. There are even companies and schools that prohibit these natural hairstyles. People have actually been
fired for wearing braids. Meanwhile, fashion models and celebs like Kylie Jenner get
praised for wearing cornrows. And that’s the main point,
one group is being penalized by institutions for
wearing natural hairstyles, while the other is called edgy and stylish for doing the exact same thing. “I’m doing it because I think
it’s beautiful and exotic. “I’m just showing
appreciation for the culture.” Look, it’s great that you
find another group’s culture beautiful, but in order
to show you truly love it, you need to have respect
and understanding. Take, for example, tribal tattoos. The Maori of New Zealand
have facial tattoos with deep family meaning
and cultural significance. But fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier used the tattoos in
ads to sell sunglasses. Now, that’s a perfect example
of cultural appropriation. No matter how much the
designer likes the look, he’s stripped the tattoo of
all of its cultural meaning just to sell a product. Now if you really appreciate something, you should respect it, instead of assuming you can use it however you want. “Well, I don’t find it
offensive and I asked someone “from that culture, and
they said it was okay.” Well, it’s not your culture
that’s being disrespected, so sure you don’t find it offensive. And if you know someone
from that background who doesn’t mind your
tattoo, costume, or whatever, that’s cool, but remember
that one person doesn’t speak for all members of that community. “Whatever, fashion,
art, film, music always “borrows from other sources. “Plus, it doesn’t hurt anyone.” Sure, cultural exchange has been goin’ on since the beginning of time. But exchange is mutual; it
needs to be done respectfully. A couple of years ago, Katy
Perry did a geisha-themed performance with Japanese women dancing in the background. Not only was it super stereotypical,
her outfit wasn’t even from the right country. The Japanese-American
Citizens League said it best, “The thoughtless costuming
and dance routines “by Katy Perry played
carelessly with stereotypes “in an attempt to create
a Japanese aesthetic.” And that kinda crushes the idea that appropriation is harmless. “You’re just tryin’ to tell
everyone what to think.” “Hello, thought police! “Have you ever heard of
the First Amendment?” Nobody’s telling you what
to think, wear, or say. Marginalized people can’t stop you from doing your thing,
even if they wanted to. But if you think you have the right to use any cultural tradition just ’cause, that’s where you get into
oppressive territory. And if you genuinely don’t
care if someone is hurt by your appropriation, that’s just crappy. “So because I’m white,
I’m automatically racist. “And if I wear this clothing,
I’m even more racist?” This isn’t about beating
up on white people. Anyone can appropriate elements
of marginalized cultures. Heck, Pharrell even made
the mistake of wearing a Native American headdress
on the cover of Elle Magazine. And after getting some much-deserved flak, he actually issued an apology. “If Chinese people wear blue jeans, “aren’t they appropriating my culture? “Or what about black girls
wearing blond weaves? “Or how about speaking English?” Okay, this is a tough one:
Assimilation and appropriation aren’t the same thing. Marginalized people conforming
to standards set by dominant, or in this case Western cultures, is often a means of survival. When your cultural
heritage is looked down on, often people change or hide
things about themselves in order to be accepted
by majority culture. For example, there are schools
where students have been punished or even suspended
for speaking Spanish or indigenous languages,
so there are people who are literally being forced
to assimilate or else. So it’s not really a fair comparison. “So, you’re saying I should
never enjoy another culture? “That’s not fair.” Not at all! For example, say you’re
invited to an Indian wedding and you’re not Indian. Wearing a traditional sari
or getting henna would be a great example of cultural exchange. You’re being invited to
participate, enjoy the culture, instead of just picking and choosing parts of it for yourself. You can also travel, take
cooking classes, read books, listen to music, and visit
museums if you really want to learn about and
enjoy other cultures. Here’s the thing: Cultural
appropriation is about a privileged group misrepresenting and disrespecting marginalized cultures. The originators rarely get credit, but always deal with the consequences. The goal isn’t to shame you out of wearing or enjoying certain things. But listening to the
people from the culture you’re interested in shows you
have a genuine love, respect, and understanding for
something that’s not your own. So what are some misconceptions you’ve heard about cultural appropriation? Or maybe you had some
misunderstandings yourself. Tell us in the comments
below and we’ll see you next week here on Decoded. In our last vlog, we talked
about student loan debt with Ben O’Keefe. Here’s what you had to say. Oh, Schokohase, you don’t
have to pay for college? Way to rub it in! No really, I wish we did that here. You know, Andrea, free college
would be awesome, but I will totally settle for affordable
and no crushing debt. Actually, AssassinSurreal,
I use the skills I learned getting my degree almost every single day, but trade school’s a great
option for lots of people. Our last sketch was all
about whitesplaining and since I have the talking stick, I’m gonna respond to your comments. You know what, Paul, I agree with you. Everyone should have
equal freedom of speech, no matter their skin color. But that’s not what our video was about. It’s about not talking over
people, because that’s rude. Ever heard of being rude? Thanks, VGC, I’m really
glad you enjoyed it. And keep watching, ’cause
you might like the next one. Oh, Antoine, a YouTube
Oscars would be awesome. Not just ’cause you think we would win, but ’cause I just wanna get dressed up. (upbeat electronic music) (fast-paced percussive music)

100 thoughts on “7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation DEBUNKED! | Decoded | MTV News

  1. If you're someone who is getting offended on another culture's behalf, then you're the one being racist. Do you really think that the people of that "appropriated culture" all think alike (and that they think like you), or that they are so impotent that they can't even speak for themselves or withstand such meaningless displays by others?

    It seems that it's only when it's the culture of a historically oppressed minority that people seem to care much because they feel like they're taking all they have left. Get over it. Most Japanese people couldn't care less when a white girl wears a kimono; they have more to do in their lives than worry about such childish nonsense. Find more than just your culture to live for.

    If you define your humanity based on a style that someone else can easily imitate, and get offended when they do, then you're selling your culture and yourself short. Your "culture" is (though you're ignorant of it) more than you give it credit for if you think that anyone can wake up one day, just change the way they look or act, and fit right in. If you were secure with your culture's integrity, then you would chuckle when someone else acts foolishly by posing as something that they're not.

    Imagine if every culture kept everything that their culture had created for themselves. The world would be set back a 1000 years. Stop shifting the blame for your unhappiness on other people, because when you cry about stupid stuff like this, we know that you're grasping at straws to explain why you're unhappy with your own life.

  2. If you are wearing jeans that is offensive to me cuz a dude from my country invented jeans.

  3. The ideas brought up in this video just went over everyone's head. I found the video incredibly helpful and informative

  4. Okay, so, I'm making a short film series. It's based in a dystopian future where everybody has either hidden in a small civilised society or turned to criminal groups in order to survive. Each criminal organisation is named in a different language and the members of those groups have names from a that language. For instance, the Beauté Mortelle, the leader of which is named Lethia Asselin, which is, of course, French. There are many of these groups with names from an array of different languages. They don't wear outfits, exclusively eat food, etc from the culture of the country the language comes from.
    One of the organisations is called the Kirābara and everyone in it has Japanese names. That is, of course, as far as it goes.
    Someone told me it comes off as cultural appropriation.

    Thoughts, anyone?

  5. Yes!!! You're so amazing and intelligent and did such a wonderful job at getting the ideas across! Thank you!!!

  6. One word to describe this video: crap.
    This lady wants to suck the fun out of anything.

  7. 1st) That is just plain idotic and at least discriminating. I am sure the fashion models and Artists 8/10 times at least did not mean any harm.
    2nd ) That dose make no sense whatsoever, face tats = sunglasses …
    3rd) But what should white people wear then , smell then , eat then ? Like as a German I honestly do not see anything I could do with that definiton unless being naked and eat Krauts like that not gonna happen.
    4th – 5th ) Sometimes it's pretty hard to determine what is right like Dirndl and Latztrousers are perdomantley found in Bavaria ..yet this is what most US people think if they Germany next to us sounding like Mini Hitlers to them….-.-
    6th)That is def how the Internet makes you feel like if you ask and get a roar instead of an human answer or called racist for not being aware eventually …

  8. Cultural appropriation is clearly a very sensible topic for some people. No matter how well it is explained, there is always have someone complaining or being ironic in the comments 😫

  9. Here is my idea what isn’t cultural appropriation and what is.
    What isn’t: when you wear a piece of clothing, hairstyle etc from a different culture for something like a cosplay, event etc.
    what is: when you wear something from a different culture just to ridicule it.

  10. do you know a school that bans braids for black people but allows it for whites ? what does the practice of some schools and companies got to do with the gen pop?

  11. Whew child I’m seeing a lot of mad white people in the comment section 😂😂😂😂

  12. For all the white people saying white people wore dreads since the beginning of time who the hell you think they got it from black slaves and black kings and Queens who also brought Europeans soap and alcohol cause we all know whites were never clean people 😂😂😂

  13. The myth about cultural appropriation that I’ve heard is that it exists.

  14. All these comments are angry racists please tell me there is someone out there that actually agrees with her

  15. I thought this video was pretty clear cut but so many people below are getting offended over the wrong things.
    She never said you can't be friends with or get involved with other cultures. She just said not to treat cultural aesthetics as… well, just aesthetics. Don't get tribal tattoos if you aren't really involved in the culture and have no plans on really getting into it. Because to someone, said tattoos are could be seen as sacred- and it can be something they themselves get a lot of flak for despite being native to the culture- so it can be pretty aggravating when they see some shallow white person wearing the same symbols for "fun" without truly understanding/appreciating it.

  16. I wonder what our civilization would be like if people simply rejected foreign customs and traditions for no better reason than their foreignness. If Europe, and then America, hadn’t looked to Roman culture for ideas of government and social institutions, or to China and India for goods that transformed everyday life. If Rome hadn’t tried to emulate Greek culture. If we’d rejected agriculture because it was too Sumerian.

    Maybe it’s a one-way street; minorities can adopt the customs of other cultures, but shouldn’t transmit their own. That’s a recipe for cultural extinction.

  17. Wait when have Chinese people been told to wear blue jeans or ties or else

  18. I'm Irish. On the 17th of March half the world appropriates my culture and gets insanely drunk. We are only 5 million people in a world of billions. I speak for all Irish people, we don't care. Cultural appropriation is not real.

  19. I see all these people saying something like a black woman with an Italian name is culture appropriation. You just said it… It's Italian we are giving credit to where it came from unlike other instances. Bo Derek wore braids and was given credit for the "style" when she didn't even invent it. It has importance in African culture and she just took it and used it for a trend.

  20. Comprehensive Reparations (House Bill HR 40 ) in Congress.

  21. About the hair argument. Is the solution really to forbid people from having example cornrows or should it be working on the country's racist views and bullying of race or culture?

  22. I find it strange that we are always calling out whites, latinos and
    asians for cultural appropriation of every little thing… but they
    seldom call us out for doing the same thing.

  23. Call these people what they are: cultural segregationist.

  24. Wrong. Nobody needs permission to wear a dashiki for example. When a self-identified cultural victim demands you seek their permission your choices are obedience or you're an oppressor. I reject that and so should everyone. Instead, 'mind your own business' and 'leave me alone' are fantastic working philosophies.

  25. lol… "Marginalized." "Respect." Is this woman appropriately respectful of that prim and proper English, or that rouge on her cheeks… she seems quite "clean and articulate." 🙄 The goal certainly IS to shame and scare people into not wearing or sharing things. The goal IS bullying and petty superiority. Right, assimiliation "is not the same as 'cultural appropriation,'" because that's just "survival." For the "marginalized." Gross.

  26. This is supper helpful But what if lets say a choreographer for example is using a traditional folk dance from any culture as inspiration for there piece, they would copy some steps but change them up, isnt that picking and choosing ?

  27. Is wearing a Karate uniform cultural appropriation if you practice karate? Is practicing Karate cultural appropriation if you aren't Japanese?

  28. There are a looooooooooooooooooooot of butthurt non-black people in the comments who didn't watch the video. Just a heads up to others who wanna risk scrolling through this. Just…don't waste your time.

  29. As always, A Black person talking about “culture” and doesn’t even bothering bringing up the one cultures both Whites and Blacks of America disrespect big time, NATIVE AMERICANS!

  30. Here this is how you educate people about culture appropriation vs culture appreciation. https://youtu.be/vfAp_G735r0

  31. The fact that this video has more dislikes than likes… lol

  32. rosy pink cheeks belong to wypipo why u gotta appropriate?! #whiteface #dasraciss

  33. Vikings wore braids and cornrows thousands of years before contact with Africans. Viking graves have proved this fact. Blacks don't own hair braiding. Black women with straight blonde hair, is appropriation

  34. Cultural exhange or imitation is never wrong by itself, you just use it as distraction from the core issues which have zero relation to cultural appropriation.

  35. this idea that certain practices "belong" to certain ethnic and cultural groups, is exactly what the extreme right has always believed. Views like these are just as much a driving factor of polarization as a nazi rally

  36. I’m English. I’m offended that you’re speaking my language. Shut up its cultural appropriation

  37. Uhm..I’m Mexican but I’m not sure if I am from black Decent or not since I don’t really know My heritage so well but I really admire braids and I think they are beautiful, I also did some digging and found out about the meanings about the braids and I completely understand the culture behind them, and I want to get the braids but I’m scared of backlash from people, I have long straight hair but it’s hard to manage so I usually have it up or in simple braids, I wanted to know if it’d be ok for me to get braids

  38. MTV, the branch of the liberal propoganda machine. Indoctrinating/brainwashing young people with their liberal ideology.

  39. Don't steal the culture if you can't carry the burden… wear it with understanding love and respect. not everybody understands this

  40. In the spirit of keeping it 💯 if black/brown people who care about cultural appropriation held themselves to the same standards they hold white people they would stop playing football, basketball, baseball, and Olympic sports. They would stop using cell phones, computers, and the internet. They would stop wearing weaves and extensions and perms and dying their hair blonde. Her claim that the blonde hair thing is assimilation is utter bullshit. It's a recent trend and not at all about "survival." She means to tell me black people during slavery and Jim Crow were dying their hair blonde to avoid persecution? 🤣 Yes, elements of white European culture were forced upon black people, but hair color sure as hell wasn't one of them. Hair color isn't even cultural, it's goddamn genetic. No white person gives a damn about "our culture" being appropriated even though it's ubiquitous. People who are sensitive about cultural appropriation are in a very small minority. As for black people being fired for braids, etc. I'm sure they were in corporate jobs with strict rules about appearance that apply to everyone. No beards, unkempt hair, or messy clothes, etc. I'm in education and anyone at any level, private or public, can wear their hair however they want. The Yankees have a policy about hairstyles and forbid facial hair. Not once has a player complained about that. If there were a Muslim or a Sikh in MLB with a big ass beard for religious purposes they simply couldn't play for the Yankees without shaving. That's not discrimination, it's about an employer having the right to determine how their employees conduct themselves, regardless of skin color or culture.

  41. What kind of cult are these sociopathic creatures from? They all try to manipulate humans thoughts, then complain about either racism or sexism.

  42. Ah, so minority groups are free to take whatever they want from majority groups, but not vice versa. Got it. That is useful to know, now that whites are rapidly becoming a minority group in the US. Gonna be real busy shaming people for wearing tennis shoes, using the internet, and driving cars. 🙂

  43. I’m a white woman just starting her loc journey (again) and receive some negative responses to them on a daily basis.
    My family is of Welsh/Irish/Norwegian decent and a lot of my recent ancestors wore braids, small locs and such. Primarily because we all have very thick, curly and corse hair naturally.
    But I’ve done extensive research into all cultures that wear locs and spoken to many people (friends and online) that are of West Indian and African decent to see how they personally felt about white people with locs? The general opinion was that they didn’t see it as offensive as long as it’s done with some respect.
    Black people ARE still stigmatised by their natural hair- which is wrong whomever it’s happening to.
    There is a difference between wearing locs because a white singer does it and wearing locs after researching and understanding them.
    I think that’s pretty much the same for any cultural exchange.
    Just my opinion..

  44. Culture in the most ancient sense of the word is collectively created and represented, not owned. Thus it is not privatised and as such it cannot be stolen. The idea that it could be stolen could only arise out of the capitalist mindset, where individual innovation, legacy, due credit and origin is important. In other words, people living in a capitalist economy might perceive culture as another privatised aspect of society, rather than the distinct but anonymous ecology of interactions of a group of people that have had little outside influences for a time. Ultimately there are very few cultures who have not been influenced. Indeed, most practices in a culture have migrated from somewhere, mutating with the migration. Over several generations, a practice which was imported must be considered a local cultural feature, as it is part of the environment in which new people are born and raised. Thus it is unreasonable or even racist to presume that a person may not participate in or represent a cultural behavior only on the basis of skin color. Indeed it is entirely allowable to don the clothing and mannerisms of other cultures in jest, theater, or as a way of honoring them, since there is no behavior that can actually be discounted from a culture, not even the universal cultural tendency to bear disdain for or mock other cultures.
    Culture is the collective behavior of a people in a geographical area. Language, hairstyle, clothing, business practices, architecture, military, politics, marriage, punishment, music, etc. Cultures where there was or is no unregulated aspect of private life often have or had no notion of artistic plagiarism. Exotic manners or practices, if enjoyed by the locals, will or were likely to be integrated without hesitation or amendment. This tendency has made a labyrinthine tangle out of the history of cultural practices. Examine history and we see that habits or customs have migrated and mutated constantly, making it very difficult to say with certainty where they originated.

    https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/mar-2011-history-matters-cutlery/

    https://kingandallen.co.uk/journal/2016/a-brief-history-of-trousers/

    https://www.britannica.com/topic/sacrifice-religion/Sacrifice-in-the-religions-of-the-world

    http://ragingrootsstudio.com/the-history-of-dreadlocks/

    http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/uncover-the-history-of-pasta/

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_steam_engine

    http://historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistoriesResponsive.asp?historyid=ab82

    https://www.thespruce.com/history-of-marriage-2300616

    Someone coming from another part of the world might capitalize on percieved cultural differences, using the local fascination for the strange as currency. This may be either considered the debasement of culture, or its promotion and perhaps most common manner of spreading. In any case, both the opportunistic person and the gullible who sponsor them and adopt what they sell are complicit. The decontextualized perception of a practice, and the ignorance of its history is what gives the impression of a proprietorship. However, as culture is not property, it is impossible for a single person to represent it as a whole, nor may they actually lay claim to it in any real or legal sense. They might represent an aspect of a culture with a degree of authenticity that someone with no knowledge of that culture would not be able to. But they might just as easily offer an inferior or inauthentic representation.
    To summarize: someone from inside a culture may represent an aspect of that culture, but not the culture in entirety, and because most cultural practices have been adopted and adapted from elsewhere, it is delusional to try to lay claim to them. Someone from outside such a culture may mock, imitate, adopt or become adept at or fluent at some aspect of a culture, but appropriation is impossible when there is nothing to steal.

  45. Isn't this the definition of racisism, saying that you can't wear something because of your skin colour or background

  46. There is no cultural appropriation, only cultural appreciation. Black people also straighten their hair and dye it blond. Some even bleach their skin (e.g. Beyonce or Rihanna).

    Cultures are constantly changing and people are exchanging ideas. In a multicultural society everyone should be allowed to celebrate different cultures.

    If you really are against "cultural appropriation" then you aren't allowed to use inventions of white people.
    No internet. No smartphone. No TV. No medication. No electricity. No cars. No airplanes. Deal?

  47. What if your homeless and u can’t wash your hair so you form dreads is that cultural appropriation

  48. People who are offended by cultural appropriation should go back to the country of origin of said appropriated culture….. so they won't be offended….

    The entire concept of it only pertaining to the "group in power" taking…. basically discredits the concept for the loony tunes victim hood mentality that spawned it.

    Oh and if I can't dress like a classic Mexican for Halloween…. any POC should probably stop using electricity…

    Watch this to enlighten yourself…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNUcR-eMxaE

  49. So, as someone who is half Cameroonian. I don’t care about if you wear a traditional Cameroonian clothing as long as you doesn’t make fun of Cameroonian culture.

  50. You can't wear what you think is beautiful but you I'm not telling you what to do.

  51. You know nothing about the Katy perry/Japanese thing, do you?

  52. English is the hwite devil's language, so if you speak it and you are non-hwite, you are cultural appropriator! :)))))

  53. Mrs. Ramsey, it's very hard to take your talking points about white people being a hyper-privileged species who force "oppressed groups" to adhere to white culture while stealing from the cultures of oppressed groups when you yourself is married hands down to a white man.

  54. There is no patent on culture. Culture is a mixture of fantasies groups of homo sapiens share during a period of time and it is malleable. Why isn‘t it cultural appropriate if black people speak European languages, create Youtube videos, use 21. century technology or 20th century technology like driving cars and using phones, playing European instruments and music, taking an aspirin to alleviate a headache, profiting off of almost any scientific research on almost an topic, using computers, lights, phones, electricity, creating rap music and distributing it via a record label (the list goes on) by definition (if you believe in such bullshit) all of this is cultural appropriation if black people do it because all of those things and many more were invented in Western culture. And something that falls under the mantle of cultural appropriation for whites that nobody ever mentions is being Christian, that was invented by Jews in Israel and therefore should be Jewish and Israeli culture not Western. Fucking bullshit 🤣😂

  55. African Americans might not have African names because their ancestors had to assimilate to Western culture. I don't really have a problem with pple wearing braids but just know it's African culture not black but African as long as u respect and understand the culture it's ok don't just do it for fashion.

  56. So in this same logic, it is not ok for black people or Asians to dye their hair blonde…right? Get over yourself.

  57. I came here looking for an answer if it's okay to wear front knotted head wraps to cover my hair loss without always wearing an itchy wig and came away kinda unclear. I'm getting tons of mixed signals.

  58. Nobody can wear a witch,viking,leprechaun costume wear clothes from other places listen to jazz music because the instruments were made by white people have straight hair
    Buy a painting from Europe eat tomatoes corn and potatoes use cell phones
    Because it offends people’s culture 😢

  59. hey dreadlocks trace to olden India why black people stealing from us

  60. I make a distinction between making characachers of marginalized minority ethnic groups that have been historically exploited and subverted and of incorporating aspects of the cultural production into that of the mainstream. The former is an example of blatant racism while the latter is a more subtle instance of modern racism. The majority is often blind to the struggles of minority groups and therefore have no reservations in benefitting from the utilization and reference to aspects of minority cultures (that are often oppressed), some going as far as to insist that the "appreciation" of the minority culture is proof it is no longer oppressed.

  61. After this video i felt getting gonorrea un my eyes ,
    Pd: i'm from Colombia and people don't care about apropiation

  62. I will never understand it. If I do something cultural, people emidiatly are starting being rude to me, calling bad words and saying to shut up. How should I respect them if they do these things. So they decide to think that I do not respect them because of their culture, not behaviour. I think you should work on how you treat people in general even if they do something that you don't like, and than decide if you want call someone out for doing something wrong. Honestly so sick of it

  63. Since when do I need a history lesson to style my damn hair in cane rows as we call it in my Caribbean culture

  64. I wear a bandana mainly for exercise, though I look good with it anyway. I am white. Personally for me I do not care what a black person thinks or if they are offended. If a man gets in my face about it he'll get a black eye about it and I'll tell him to stop whining. Then he'll just go away even more bitter instead lol.

  65. I’m actually really happy you explained this! As soon as I started watching I was thinking “Well I have had friends that are POC and they put corn rows in my hair so how is that offensive?” But your video explained it so well for me to understand! Thank you so much!

  66. Terrible leftist ideas, people can use every kind of other culture elements, respect each other, make cultural exchange and live in peace. Elements of culture are not privet property that belongs to a specific person. This idea is very racist, when for example Katy Parry use Japanese traditional clothes she shows interest and respect to other culture, look what usual Japanese think about that, people love it, but when you focus attention how she does that, you show disrespect to Japanese, it sounds like western pop star can’t use their cultural clothes, like it’s worse, not good enough, or something wrong with that. Respect other cultures, and use their elements with love, they make our world more diverse and interesting 😊

  67. At the bottom line, she is telling us that we are force to appreciate random things or else. She is comming from a place or resentment in my opinion

  68. I'm Afghan and take pride in my cultural customs, foods, dress, etc…My wife is White – my mom bought over $2k worth of Afghan dresses for her (3 in total) and we wear them only a few times a year. My wife is now concerned about wearing these dresses, not from receiving flack from the Afghan community…they relish and are flattered…she's more concerned about Americans looking down on her for entering into a culture that she married into. Despicable. I hate this new mentality.

  69. Pharell wasn't actually sorry he bitched out and said sorry like most people do.

  70. I can't believe you're telling people how to enjoy other cultures. You've answered nobodies problems here.

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