Cultural Appropriation: Whose problem is it? BBC Stories

How do you define cultural appropriation? Oh my God! You’re not trying to appreciate anything, you’re literally just stealing it. “If you’re not Hindi, you can’t wear a bindi”. And I thought, really? Is that what it’s come to now? There is a lot of cultural appropriation, I believe. Only for festivals, yes. I mean I can’t wear this at a regular day at the office, let’s say that. At the end of the day, that is someone’s heritage. I define cultural appropriation as taking something from a culture that isn’t your own and not giving the full or any sort of residue of credit back. When one racial group, in their history has taken from a different racial group and then in future being currently, wearing the same thing like a slap in the face. It’s dancing that line between being ignorant and understanding. At the end of the day that is someone’s heritage. And I think in order to understand that on a deeper level I think you almost have to understand racism on a deeper level as well. Wearing a bindi… I get weird comments. One person asked me if it was an implant. I don’t know how to respond to that really. The same people that say it’s racist to say that, a white person can’t wear a bindi are probably the same people that don’t necessarily understand that people have been aggressively downtrodden on for wearing that item. I don’t usually go to festivals, But that was probably the most upset I’ve been about but that was probably the most upset I’ve been about cultural appropriation because I felt powerless being there, being surrounded by a lot of people who wouldn’t understand. And it’s just… when I see other people doing it without any repercussions It just makes me think, why can’t I just be? I can’t wear that myself and just have people treat me normally. When you are part of a culture for example, that society has told you how you look is wrong, for someone to then take that and then say, “Well I’m going to do it because it’s fashionable and its cool now but it’s a music festival so who cares?” It’s very ignorant to the people that have had to go through those things. In a city like London, you have to have aspects of people taking on other cultures otherwise everything’s just segregated. We’re this huge melting pot where, you know, the Caribbean meets Cockney It shapes you differently. It shapes what you eat, it shapes what you wear, it shapes what music you listen to. There’s so many aspects that then fit into you know, the festival scene. This is an outfit from Cote D’ivoire in West Africa. If I like wearing it, I like wearing it. Someone about to put on their bindi and they said: “Oh I cant wear a bindi”. I said, “Why was that?” And they said, “Well because of cultural appropriation”. Definitely if someone was telling me that they felt offended, I would definitely offer to take a seat and to talk about it. But I think being open minded also comes in both ways and maybe they have to understand it’s not an offence it’s more like a celebration. I don’t mind if somebody from Africa wants to wear a suit and I don’t think they mind if I want to wear their clothing as well. The first time I came to a festival, here in the UK, I wasn’t really expecting it to happen. Looks like they see other cultures as something fun. So I really got a bit woah! You know? All these people, they are dressing like that? I think a festival typically is some place you just be free. There’s an Indian guy in my group and I asked him what he thought about it. And he said, “Well its completely fine with me”. I would never buy an outfit, a cultural outfit without consulting someone. I think it’s a brilliant thing that people are just embracing fashion that emanates from different cultures. And I think that’s a really joyous thing. And I don’t see it as negative or in any sense… Insulting.
Insulting, yeah exactly. We’re all people, we’re all finding who we are. We don’t all want to stick to one thing. You know if a country was very much like stick to our culture, English culture, that’s it. The world would be even more sheltered. I mean it’s true that there’s value behind it for them. We like something and we… use it and we make it like…we bring with us. And so it’s appreciation more than appropriation I think. But I would never want to wear something and then someone be like: “Gosh you’ve really offended me there… because you’re white and I don’t think you understand my culture”. No, because I don’t think that its offensive. But I mean if it is then I would… If I knew that it were, I wouldn’t do it. But I’m not quite sure that it is. Indian culture, I feel like as English and British people we look up to that we aspire to their colours their vibrancy. If you walk down London you see it’s all black clothing everywhere. And I feel like that’s what people want to challenge at festivals. In the past, I’ve seen someone in a Native American headdress. And just said to them, “Can you name me a tribe?” And they can’t. Not one. It’s very frustrating. And I think that’s the thing, it’s that I think, what I would say to those people is just to listen. And understand that people can have different viewpoints from you and they’re not necessarily coming at it from a place of attacking you, they’re coming at it from a place of, this is my voice, and my voice isn’t necessarily always heard as much. As an individual, you’re going to be attracted to whatever aesthetics appeal to you, whatever stories appeal to you, whatever you find, through travel, through relationships, even the Internet. And it might not necessarily be something you were raised with. But what people are raised with doesn’t necessarily echo who they are. When people say they are trying to promote diversity and acceptance, I think it’s very important to remember that not everybody wants “white validation”. The point isn’t that white people need to wear things to normalise things. Seeing people who aren’t of that culture, dressed in that way, embracing it and understanding it from the food, to the language, to the music. That for me is a truer expression than putting a bindi on at a festival because you think it looks cool. I think when it comes to saying that cultural appropriation is a problem, and then saying that only white people are capable of it. That’s also up for debate because anyone can appropriate another culture. We also have to identify when it happens and white people aren’t necessarily a part of it. Because I think there’s always this demonisation of like, “White people have done this again”, or: “White people don’t get it”. I think it’s beyond white privilege and I think you can look at other examples like Nicki Minaj with “Chun Li”. I think if you do it, you have to be consistent with it. It takes a lot of time when you become an adult to unlearn all the small, racist things people have said to you as a child. and all the feeling ashamed of your own culture because it feels so weird to white people. How can you embrace and feel like you’re embracing a culture, if the people of that culture aren’t happy with you embracing it. So if you are happy to do that and align with that are you truly embracing a culture in the first place?

100 thoughts on “Cultural Appropriation: Whose problem is it? BBC Stories

  1. Israel is a prime example of this, they have stolen traditional Palestinian recipes and clothing designs, and claimed them as their own.

  2. You have to think of cultural appropriation as plagiarism. Anyone is allowed to wear any hair style they want PERIOD because just wearing it is not cultural appropriation. What is cultural appropration is when you wear for example cornrows and you walk around and call them Boxer braids claiming you invented this style (hint: Kim K also did this to Fulani braids calling them Bo Derek Braids). In conclusion, wear what you want but if someone asks you what hairstyle you're wearing u better give CREDIT to the ppl who created it. YOU MUST GIVE CREDIT TO WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!!! Ive said my peace ✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽

  3. You can come up with any excuses you like, telling people what they can or can't do based on their origins or skin color in inherently racist.

    It's even more racist to tell me i can't wear a bindi because Indians were mistreated by white people. It's suggesting that i have something to do with these horrors just because i'm white.

    I'm French, and am i telling germans that they can't wear french clothing because they invaded my country twice ? No.
    They did not invade my country, those who did are for the most part dead.

    I didn't harass any Indian for wearing a bindi so i should not be blamed for that just because i'm white.

    It's not like bindis are a symbol of Indian people misery. Wearing a yellow star on your chest, that would be offensive.

  4. It's funny how this black women paid so much attention in wearing only african clothes for this interview 🙂 Unfortunately she couldn't get rid of her egyptian tatoo lmao I think bbc spotted that given the several close ups on it. Is she fully understanding ancient Egyptian culture or did she just do it because il looks cool ?

  5. If you speak English, but you're not from England, are you guilty of cultural appropriation?

  6. makes a vid about cultural appropriation, 2 vids later, makes a vid about a black guy eating chicken.

  7. So a man by birth identifies as a woman and is trans but never had the experience of being a female by birth and can never understand what it actually is like being a women. Is it ok for that man to steal elements from feminist culture and female fashion? Or what about guys that just like drag? Is that appropriation from a different sex or gender?
    ^ How to confuse an SJW

  8. ok if you are not white and wear jeans sneakers and play football or basketball please stop its my culture its my identidy you cannot just take it and steal it so dont be a hipocrite or stop….also stop using 90%of modern devices its white nerd culture that made this not african ppl in mud huts or prayin hindis

  9. Oh I see ……. so black people and Indian people cant wear jeans now? because that's not there culture…… its white culture.

  10. "is it an implant?"
    "I don't know know how to respond to that really"
    "No." Or "No, it isn't." If you wanna get fancy. It isn't that traumatising a question.

  11. I love when people wear traditional celtic styles, play our music and take an interest. It's flattering, it shows they enjoy it and take an intrest. It's not like they're deliberately being racist with it. Take a moment to educate them on how it's significant to you and then leave them alone with that knowledge.

  12. Yep, all non western people need to stop appropriating electricity, cars, Internet etc.

  13. that couple in the Indian clothes really irritated me! if it wasn't offensive I wouldn't do it! umm! I don't think that if he goes and asks the native Indians in the reservations camps in America what they think about their costume they would be happy with them! seeing them wearing clothes of my deceased ancestors like its nothing when their ANCESTORS HELPED MASCARED MINE IS MAKING ME FUCKING PISSED! if that couple knew the real story behind the clothes they are wearing just for fun I doubt that they would be happy wearing their Indian costume!

  14. FOR THE IDIOTS WHO STILL DONT GET IT! White people with you bland lack of culture trapsed the globe raping and pillaging nation after nation calling natives barbaric, savage and uncivilised. Forcing YOUR ‘culture’ on people. Then suddenly as if by magic the same savage barbaric culture is suddenly cool, interesting and making money at the command of (more often than not) white people. YOU DO NOT control as and when people cultures are suddenly acceptable. Nobody has had a problem with suits, that’s why it isn’t appropriation, not to mention, it’s a standard that was forced on colonised nations as a symbol of civility. Bottom line. The same way you ‘decided’ we were uncivilised, we will decide when we are good and ready, that you can freely wear our gear without consequences! The fact that you are even arguing exposes your entitled mentality.

  15. "Cultural appropriation" is itself a racist idea. The fact that you can't appreciate or participate in another culture just because your skin color is different than the majority of those who practice said culture is just reprehensible. It's just another form of exclusion, of self segregation because you don't want anyone who doesn't like looking like you participating in the same events or festivals as you

  16. All these "minorities" wanting to be equal, actually just want to be seen as special.

  17. When whites appropriate our culture it's like a costume or a mask. Which they get to of any time as they did with black face

  18. well ill tell you in my country we adopt each others culture but not all and not as a fashion statement but as a lifestyle and we dont complain why? coz there is no bitterness among us from the past all stereotypes of one another were due to colonisation and there is no group that is a "majority" than the other if there is bitterness there will be anger and complain oh and when nonwhites were jeans and suits its coz they cant go to work with traditional clothes so and food must be on the table so thats assimilation if it took a 100 years of bad blood it may take 100 more to heal so to the whites be as emotionally intelligent as you claim to be

  19. Are tattoo included in this discussion? Because I see that woman defending culture appropriation, apparently not from Egypt with a Nefertiti tattoo.

  20. Let me take a moment and be asulted by all eastern and african people who dare to wear western clothes. I mean, look at all of these fakes wearing suits and jackets and kneated clothes stealing frim my goddamned white culture without even understandig it. Pfff how in the world they have the nerve to do it. And all african women who are having their hair straightened and sometimes even bleached. OMG my feelings are so hurt right now! No not really. Common grow up everybody and move on😂

  21. For me, a person that appropriates a culture is a person who picks parts of it unaware of its full context and thus ends disrespecting it. Indian headdresses as far as I am aware are ceremonial and to be worn like carnival costumes results in disrespect. Same applies with other religious symbols. Jeans (since some brought the topic) is an attire deprived of any such context so does not bear the same weight. Wearing deadlocks on vacations and then not allowing your employee to wear this hairstyle simply because you were introduced to it as a summer trend or because it suddenly seems inappropriate it is disrespect. In short, some groups have plenty of examples with derogatory acts towards their culture and even though some view them as old stories the similarities in this video ring an uncomfortable bell, so in order to embrace the interchange of cultures we need to consider the best possible ways to achieve that. Lastly, silencing the ones that protest does not promote communication nor interchange but simply the repetition of theft.

  22. This video and these comments are exhausting. If we're all going to sit here and ignore the cultural impact of 500 years of colonialism that still informs our understandings of ourselves and others on a daily basis then ok?
    “If a country was like stick to our culture, English culture that’s it, the world would be even more sheltered” – British girl at a music festival defending cultural appropriation while having the privilege of forgetting about British colonialism…

  23. Basically segregation. So, I guess black people can't have dreadlocks because it was made by Vikings and India.

  24. As long as their is enough respect for the US Constitution in our country, the concept of "cultural appropriation" will be (thankfully) legally neaningless. One species and multiple cultures in a melting pot.
    "People who look for ways to be offended will always find a way to be offended." (Not my quote, a quote from a bright, young, black female engineering intern that worked with me in the past).
    If my thinking or speech offends you – I don't care, and I don't have to.

  25. Arab Culture,,,,Marrying You're Cousin,,,aslong as She's still a Child,,and Having Her circumsized,,,Maybe She doesn't Bleed to Death,,,Maybe

  26. ‪Telling someone they can’t do something because of the colour of their skin is racism.

  27. recently, one of my friends brought up this cultural appropriation discussion, when I gave my mother's kimono to my another very good friend (she is european). And i was like, "so, you think, your culture is dominant, while mine is not? That's bullshit und sounds pretty much offensive!"

  28. Looking down on other cultures and people is bad. Picking up something from a nother culture is good. This means that we are communicating with other people.

  29. If it´s "cultural appropriation" whenever a white girl dresses up as Pocahontas or any other ethnic figure, isn´t a black man in a suit, a car or even sneakers also cultural appropriation? Or is white man´s heritage open for everyone to take?

  30. is it cultural appropriation when a coloured person has their hair straightened or dyed blonde?..Or wearing western clothes.?…Lighten up for God's sake and get a life…..

  31. Do what you want and if it offends someone well sounds like their problem not yours keep doing it they can go away. You have a life they don't so they focus on you doing what you want they should have no say in what you do.

  32. Cultural appropriation is about taking aspects of another culture, that is not your own, then turning it into a costume or caricature and creating a parody of that culture. It is not about a white woman wearing a beautiful Qipao to a dinner date or an Asian guy wearing a sexy kilt to a wedding! We need to get things into perspective! So I have friend's who are white British and now live in certain Asian countries, being fully immersed in the cultures they now live in. Would it be wrong for them to dress in say traditional Korean clothing?

  33. I am Latino and I have an honest to God question for everyone. Can someone please explain to me why white people are the only people who can’t do this or can’t do that? This is all stupid as hell. According to this cultural appropriation, white people aren’t allowed to dress a certain way, wear their hair a certain way, or they will be deemed as racist? Come on people this is so stupid 🤣🤣🤣 nobody wanted to say anything about when Nicki Minaj made that “Chun Li” music video. 😂 ALL of y’all were on hush mouth about that!!

    Oh it’s because she’s not white. It’s all good. But God forbid if it were Katy Perry dressed as an egyptian in her “Dark Horse” video and all of a sudden the world goes nuts. 🤣🤣 well not the world, only US. 🤣Our society really needs to grow the hell up and live life to the fullest. It’s REALLY not that deep you guys. There’s people out there dying and we’re over here fighting over some white chick wearing braids like please get a hold of yourselves..😂

    Oh and by the way, other cultures like the Asians for example are flattered when other cultures borrow from them. They take it as a compliment. Why is it that our society act as if it is a damn sin if a white person dresses like “their culture”? 🙄 like get over yourselves for real. 😂 y’all do realize that this is just one example of why other countries sit back and laugh at America’s foolery right? They laugh at our never ending racism and our new profound “Cultural Appropriation” 🤣 we are like a reality TV series to these foreign countries because we as a whole are so damn ignorant. Smh…

    It just amazes me how we want racism to end but in the same damn sentence we are quick to pop off on someone for wearing this or doing that all because we don’t think they should be allowed to do whatever they are doing due to the color of their skin. Isn’t this a bit ironic? Now think about that for a second. 🤔

    👋🏻👋🏼👋🏽👋🏾👋🏿 Remember we ALL bleed red at the end of the day.

  34. Noone owns culture because every culture has been influenced by many other cultures to make something new..How can you pinpoint what every tiny thing came from where?

  35. If we are going to be serious about this, I, as a North American of European descent, demand that the rest of the world stop using electricity, air travel, modern medicine, the printing press, the internet, classical music, hamburgers, and any form of internal combustion engines. Fair enough ?

  36. Damn these People have Problems…
    These Crybabys should care about serious Problems. People like this are actually a Part of Racism, because they dont see themselfs as just a Human. They are the ones that see Peoples Color, Culture etc.. We are all just Humans.
    If someone is offended because i appreciate thier creative cloth without knowing the Backround, then come to me and tell me. Im always interested in other cultures.

  37. We can all appreciate creativity. Oh I forgot, the leftists are at it again.

  38. I wear what I want and cut the hair the way I want, if you hate me for that then so be it.

  39. Art defies and defines culture. The lineage of inspiration is tricky. Tracing lineage is not impossible. That said, who gives credits? What culture is pure? What's more impossible — deciding what percentage of blood belongs to what race or deciphering what percentage of art is derived from cultural appropriation, appreciation or one's personal journey. The issue is less of ownership and more of respect. Cultural Appropriation seems to be more of an issue where there is an underlying cultural pathology of a lack of sensitivity towards the sacred. This seems to be overlaid by an ethnocentric exaggerated defense of a specific culture above the rest. The issue is fundamental ethnocentrism – the idea of cultural superiority. The idea that the world is at one's disposal. When cultural meaning is used as disposable symbols, offence and defense is taken, the Swastika (卍).

  40. A criticism of cultural appropriation is a criticism of culture itself, as culture steals, borrows, and takes as part of its evolutionary process and gives no credit

  41. I Think a lot of people in the comment section dont get the point. It's not about that white people are not allowed to wear these type of clothes. It's that white people can wear it and its festive. But when I walk around with a bindi I always get make fun of it. Without a doubt always. And that makes me sad

  42. Embracing other cultures is the most beautiful thing. I would love for another culture to embrace Britishness and celebrate it! What an honour! Respect is always important and as long as that is maintained I don't see a problem with a white person wearing Indian dress. I just LOVE India, the fabrics, beautiful colours and all the handwork of embroidery. Amazing…

  43. It's the problem of those claiming offense. You don't own a culture. You know why? Because you didn't create it. Stop being morons


  45. Dumb. No one owns culture. It keeps the economy going when clothes retailers around the world make international sales. Cultural appropriation is not a real issue. It's just privileged people with victim mentalities making up problems to complain about.

  46. Can these black and Indians go back to their own countries please

  47. Cultural appropriation is best described as yet more complete bollocks pedalled by some moronic dimwits who have even less common sense than they have understanding of the development of societies.

  48. I mean if they want to keep their clothes and stuff by all means, but then you cant appropriate westerner's culture? So please stop driving cars, flying in airplanes, quit using your computers and the internet…man the list could go on and on and on.

  49. What a load of absolute bullshit. So what then is the point of visiting other countries and learning about their culture and history if all it is gonna be classed as cultural approprotian?? Might as well all just go backwards to segregation again and be done with it.

  50. BBC have balanced it okay for Me.
    If ye are wearing these things at a festival, perhaps You should know about their origins, but it's not something to get mad about. People are just trying to have fun ffs!

    It's like Me taking offence at someone wearing green on Paddy's day, that's not from Ireland!

  51. If you wear native American headdress you are not culture appropriating when you wear a native American headdress and call it something else and say your people created it that's cultural appropriation these people don't know what culture appropriation is but I do cause I'm black and our culture is ripped off world wide more than any other culture. More in Korea than any where else our culture is ripped off and not only are we not given credit but they lay claim to it.

  52. even Halloween costumes are more controversial.. but festival costumes?? those are pieces of art!

  53. something that has a great value, meaning and history behind shouldn’t be worn just for aesthetics and fashion. For generations people have been looked down upon for wearing their traditional clothings etc. But now you’re saying it’s okay to wear it like it has no meaning, these people still get to keep their privileges whereas for us it’s a different story. I’m not saying everyone but majority of people have normalised things like this.

  54. If you call it cultural appropriation you should be round up put in a pit and shot

  55. Being white and British, I know our history was bloody. I know we invaded and killed and cleansed, but that doesn't reflect on the majority of us today. I do not remotely associate with my history, so to use it against us today is just stupid. I know it's not the biggest issue in the world, but we are living in a world where we are more united than ever before. Yes there are still racial issues that do need addressing, but I feel things like this is punishing people for things they didn't do and don't like in their cultures history.
    If the use of someone's culture is completely disrespectful, I understand the upset. But when it comes to white people and dreads, or specific clothing, I find it quite ridiculous.
    A lot of clothes worn by other cultures are absolutely stunning. The same with ornaments and decor. Why hate on people who like these things? They're appreciating the culture you have. And let's be honest, British culture is hanging 'live laugh love' signs everywhere.

    If someone does not recognise the struggles of a culture, then I can understand the frustration. But at the end of the day, we are all the same species, let's just allow one another to share and enjoy our history and the amazing things that have come from it.

  56. As long as someone understands the meaning behind something and appreciates the heritage, and allows those of the culture to do so and stand up for them, then I don't see an issue.

  57. If people don't understand what has been gone through, take their interest as a chance to teach. If they don't care that is a problem but it is minimally related to whether someone wears something of another culture.

  58. I call bullshit on cultural apropreation. You are NOT your culture. You are an intelegent organism using technology. Yes cloths are technology.

    All humans true culture is to be nude in the woods

  59. Guess I won’t be ordering a curry or Mexican food tonight then 🧐🧐🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

  60. If you really think about it’s the same problem as “can you wear a band shirt if you don’t listen to their songs?”

  61. People should respect different cultures, nourish them and expand them, therefore welcome people in, invite them to get to know your culture, to learn about it. We should not exclude people from our culture or circles based on our differences, if sb for example moves to India and wishes to wear a sari, then they are not insulting your culture, but instead trying to understand it. And who is anyone to say to sb not to wear sth due to the fact that they are already wearing it? Culture is not owned by anyone.

  62. This video took a balanced look at the conundrum of Appropriation. I do feel like people need to stop being enraged and dismissive and just be open minded to the other side’s arguments. I wrote a quick guide on what I believe would be appropriation and what is appreciation. Feel free to disagree but don’t insult me.


    Wearing a sari

    Wearing a kente cloth shirt

    Eating authentic Mexican, Indian, and other foreign foods

    Wearing a kimono

    Wearing cornrows

    Celebrating Chinese New Year.

    Dancing authentic hula and wearing the kapa and ti-leaf skirt with the flora specific to the deities of that story


    Naming a team the Redskins

    Wearing a war bonnet (seriously guys, it’s a military and political honor. You wouldn’t wear a cheap Purple Heart to a music festival would you?)

    Wearing a bindi if you are not Hindu or a Hindu convert(yes non-Indians can wear bindis if they subscribe to the Hindu faith)

    Wear a plastic lei and plastic grass skirt with a coconut bra and meaninglessly flapping your arms claiming to dance hula

    Putting on a party city leprechaun outfit for St. Patrick’s Day

    Feel free to disagree. Treat other cultures with respect but learn and appreciate them.

  63. Okay, if there was an African festival and you decided to go there and wear a traditional piece of Cameroonian/ Tanzanian/Nigerian/Egyptian clothing I would honestly appreciate it. As someone who is half African I like when people accolage all the different cultures in Africa and as long as you doesn’t mock the culture. It is 100% okay

  64. According to cultural appropriation only Greek that worship the pantheon can take part in the Olympics

  65. When I see people from different backgrounds wearing my cultural clothing or eating our food, I feel like I'm being appreciated and most brown people I think would agree with that. Even though I was born in Canada, I never felt offended by other people celebrating our culture. People nowadays are just looking to be offended.

  66. The whole issue is pathetic. Just another niche to be shafted by the clipboarding jobsworth brigade.

  67. Well, I guess, from now on, only americans are allowed to wear jeans. And when native americans call them self Latinos, isn't that cultural appropriation? This is just ridiculous. Throughout history All cultures trade their stuff with each others , and all cultures adapt stuff from other cultures in theirs because of that, now is supposed to be some issue to be dealt. This is just anti-white propaganda, that's why the word "white" starts to pop up in the end of the video.

  68. No 1 should care what you wear if you like it, unless ur private parts r showing or something 😭😂

  69. Can you guys please stop wearing jeans and t-shirts because your cultural appropriating the white culture and I really don't like it and think that its quite racist.

  70. You can't really appropriate anything because there is nothing to appropriate to begin with. There are no essences. All there are is focal (Schelling) points. Using other people's Schelling points can be upsetting to them. At the same time, a lot of those hurt feelings come from attachment to something that never was, i.e. this phantasmagoric idea of "heritage". We are all one consciousness, and our ancestors are not part of us. That's an illusion which Buddhists have known for a long time. There is no essence to your culture. There is no "it" when it comes to groups of people. There is just grasping and attachment, which can be explained as cultural narcissism. Hence, I would say, we should be able to use any low-entropy pattern we want, whenever we want. Unless, of course, we all coordinate in a positive sum game to use low-entropy patterns wisely in a way that contributes to the whole of consciousness. Then it would make sense to point out when people are not following the rules, which are agreed upon for a good reason, rather than grasping and attachment, which is bad for all of us.

  71. preaches on cultural appropriation. tatooed the Nefertiti bust on her arm. what would the queen say about a commoner "stealing" her image and stripping it from it's HOLY and RELIGIOUS meaning?
    the thing is, i don't think it's a bad thing. she does seem hypocrite, but unlike her i believe that what she calls "cultural appropriation" is a beautiful and natural process.

    culture is not set in stone, it is alive, ever changing, ever expanding, ever gaining new meanings. we cannot adhere to the original meaning because: 1. we cannot live in the past or relive the past. 2. to adhere to this view would mean cultural stagnation, misunderstanding, and division.

    instead, we can: honor the past and / or give it new meanings, so it may stay relevant. even honoring the past means giving it a new and relevant meaning.

  72. "No." That's how you respond to someone asking you if its an implant. If you want to sound smart, which I do not recommend as you clearly aren't, you can also extend the response to "No, it is not an implant".

  73. Cultural appropriation is using things of other cultures for enjoyment. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. I don’t need to know, appreciate or honor that culture. All I care is that it looks good on me. I do have an issue with people that say they invented or came up with the idea when clearly they didn’t.

  74. When black people say the n word it’s cultural appropriation and theft because white people said it first

  75. The idea of cultural appropriation in it's often close to inappropriate reaching usage is so far fetched that it come across as a little bit insane. An impression to over-complicate reality comes across. And importantly the people they suggest they speak for – have never asked for this representation. Which is a new one for most people, the idea to defend people with an idea they never even asked for. There are lots of causes in the world that are real where people ask to be represented. That people are spending their time fighting causes they have made up in a vacuum by themselves surely means less people asking for representation will result.

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