So I know you’re thinking ‘oh god the last thing wanna watch is another video about cultural appropriation’, especially by some sissy cracker ‘I can’t stand it anymore!’. Well I can’t stand it anymore either! But I think I’ve got some fresh takes so just…just…just give me a chance. I think this is a really complicated topic so I’d like to start by saying unequivocally that cultural appropriation is always wrong, and immoral. (singing in spanish) Halloween costumes are represented as one of the main examples of cultural appropriation. Specifically whites who think its okay to go to parties dressed as a chinaman an indian SEÑORITAS PICANTES a jew or a black. But to me this isn’t even cultural appropriation – it’s caricature and racial stereotyping. To appropriate a culture they at least need to have some basic understanding or appreciation of that culture. Gringo motherfuckers dressing up as HOMBRES CON BURROS aren’t appropriating mexican culture, they’re making a mockery of it. We should be able to agree that shit is racist before even having the conversation about cultural appropriation. And the same goes for Native American mascots and sports teams. It’s not appropriation, it’s the reduction of an already mostly exterminated culture to a racist cartoon caricature. I mean, the Washington R*******, the name of the team is a racial slur it has nothing to do with appropriation, it’s just good old fashioned racism. And if you’re thinking (whiny voice) ‘but why aren’t you upset about the sports teams that stereotype white people. SJW hypocrisy exposed.’ I respond that: when Native American repopulate North America, wipe out most of the white people, impose their own social, political and religious institutions and confine the remaining whites to ghettos and *then* call their sports team the Chattanooga Honkies – well, then I’ll join your white lives matter protest rally. But until then if you’re offended by the Minnesota Vikings here’s what you do: You learn the Elder Futhark alphabet, you use it to write a letter of complaint on a scroll, you take it via longboat to Iceland and then you set yourself on fire and throw yourself in the fjord and die, because no on gives a shit about you or your hypothetical problems. I guess the distinction I’m making between mockery and appropriation can be summed up this way: A white guy wearing a rasta hat with fake dreads for halloween is caricature, while a white hippy with actual dreads is appropriation. Or is it? L…l..l…let’s talk about white people with dreads. I guess I should take this opportunity to disclose a secret …a dark secret… ….a bad, bad secret… I used to be a white person with dreadlocks. In fact I think I still have them…they’re in a box somewhere. Don’t ask what’s in these jars. What’s in the boxxxx? So first of all I’ll say that for the two years that I had dreads I got nothing but compliments from black people. It was the white people who couldn’t fucking stand them. Now I acknowledge that could be sampling error, maybe the black people who were offended were just too polite to say anything, they didn’t wanna accost me in the street so they just kept it to themselves. Black person: do you know what locks mean? White person: Do you know that it was in Egyptian culture, are you Egyptian? Nah bruh you’re not. Black person: Are you Egyptian?
White person: Nah… So one of the arguments against white people wearing dreadlocks goes that white people take locks out of their original context and erase their meaning. But is that true? What is the meaning of dreadlocks anyway? According to a Guardian thinkpiece dreadlocks are historically worn by hindu mystics Ancient Egyptians and Jamaican rastafarians. But that’s three completely separate ethnic groups thousands of years apart, and, I mean, suppose it were discovered that Vikings traditionally wore dreadlocks Would that really change anything? When I had dreadlocks I thought I was being super spiritual you guys. And then I realised that spirituality is a bunch of shit, and religion is a lie. Even religions made by brown people. I dunno it seems to me that dreadlocks have a completely different cultural meaning for white people. It’s like a hippy thing, not a rasta thing. And hold on, is it even mainly a rasta thing for black people? Like, how well versed is Lil Wayne in the teachings of Haile Selassie? Interviewer: What do you say to people who call your music vulgar, misogynistic, offensive, degrading? Lil Wayne: So be it, all those things made me who I am and I am a veeery successful man. Interview: Whats your thought on black lives matter?
Lil Wayne: What is it, what do you mean? I guess he does a Jamaican accent sometimes. Is it appropriation when black Americans do Caribbean accents? I honestly have no idea. (whispering) I’m gunna wait for black people to figure it out. Wagwan YouTube? Another objection to white dreadlocks has it that black people often face workplace discrimination for wearing locks while white people like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are celebrated for them. But it’s really only famous white people that are celebrated, and by celebrated I mean they face widespread mockery and shaming. When I had locks people would always tell me to get a job at Tower Records because that’s the only job you could get if you were a white guy with dreads. Also it was 2006 so Tower Records was a thing. (Tower Records theme tune playing) Presenter: Chris how long have you been working for tower?
Chris: Oh on and off 18 years. Uhh about four years? Um a month and a half. Six years next month. Contrapoints: Don’t you understand that your hairstyle originates with hindu mystics you white bitch? (repeating) It’s all in your head. It’s all in my head man, it’s all in my head. What the fuck? It seems like the real problem here is racist employers forbidding black employees to wear natural hairstyles. And you know who I bet would be natural allies against that kind of employer? White people with dreadlocks. Let’s take to twitter and start a firestorm of public shame. White people with dreads are great at that. Let’s tear these fuckers down. (Woman screaming) Seriously though I guess I just think that getting angry at random white people is directing justified frustration at the wrong targets. Now I wanna talk about some examples of cultural appropriation that I think actually are (echoing metallic voice) problematic. In the mid 1960’s there was a cultural event known as a British invasion, in which four plucky chaps from Liverpool attempted to overthrow the communist government of Cuba by launching an invasion that was defeated in three days by Castro’s revolutionary armed forces. In the aftermath of these events an English band called Led Zeplin made a fortune selling covers of black blues songs to white Americans. Now this is kind of a subtle point so I want you to stop (bleep) for five seconds and pay attention. I have no problem with the fact that Led Zeplin played blues songs. Blues is a genre where traditionally there is no such thing as plagiarism. Everyone played everyone else’s songs and there wasn’t really a robust notion of authorship. The problem with Zeplin is that they gave *themselves* song writing credit on the albums for songs written by black blues musicians. Now many of these songs were public domain so it wasn’t an issue of copyright infringement. The issue instead is appropriation, exacerbated from the fact that the source material originated from an underprivileged demographic that for the most part never got anywhere near the remuneration for their work as the white appropriators. The fact that Zeplin profited off recording these songs without even having the decency to give credit is pretty shitty. But to be clear, my problem with it is that they profited from the songs without giving appropriate credit, not that they performed the songs in the first place. Other white blues musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughan have been a lot better about this and I got no beef with Stevie. In fact, I like to get filled up inside with his Texas flood if you know what I’m saying. (guitar music) Contrapoints: Ah yeah. Give it to me! I disagree with the view, held by some SJWs that white people shouldn’t borrow things from other races. For one thing, the view depends on the Wagnerian-cum-Hitlarian ideas tethering culture to race. In reality, there’s no clear boundary diving ‘white music’ and ‘black music’. Led Zeplin appropriated the traditional blues song Gallows Pole, but that song itself turns out to have centuries old origins in Scandinavian folk music. Cultures are perpetually in flux and there’s constant interchange between them. Miscegenation is the norm, and I’m glad it’s the norm, I like it when different races exchange fluids. Oh God did I say fluids? I meant cultures. How embarrassing. Beta cuck exposed. I mean do you wanna live in a world where Eminem Zeplin and Stevie Ray Vaughan only sing Wagner? (Opera music, woman singing long high note) I mean, I guess that would be pretty bad ass, but it’s different from the way things are and I hate it. I should acknowledge that cultural exchange often isn’t as innocent as I’m making it sound. History for the most part isn’t a story of cultures peacefully trading ideas. It’s a story of people fucking killing and enslaving each other. And obviously under those conditions there’s a power imbalance that reflected in the way cultures are exchanged, and appropriation is one of those reflections. But it seems that the alternative is cultural segregation and that’s even worse. I think it ultimately redounds to the general good that dominant cultural groups try to understand everyone else and imitation is part of that understanding, even if they over-simplify things and fuck it up a lot of the time. It’s good practice to be aware that you probably don’t understand other cultures as well as you think you do, and that profiting off of the cultural products of disadvantaged groups is potentially exploitative. But this idea can be taken too far. When we’ve got Lena Dunham telling white people not to eat sushi and yoga classes being cancelled out of fears of cultural appropriation it might be time to dial back the offence taking *just* a little bit and embrace cultural miscegenation like the cucks we are. What I’m really trying to say is, I like watching black men bang my wife. If you like this video why don’t you *deep voice* appropriate it, but it’s only okay if you like subscribe and give me your money. Also, like I said at the beginning of this video this is a complex topic and I probably got something wrong, If you disagree with me, leave me a comment and tell me, or if you’re afraid of being dog-piled, send me a message on facebook. Special thanks to Nick Wolf, Garrett Lathey, J to the M to the C, Kat Stas, (demonic voice) Niltia, Stealer of Souls Vorone, no no no, Bottled Sky, Raymond Heinrich, Hete Rodox, Roman Uljuschew, and the other patrons who helped make this video possible. For more information, see the link in the (Led Zeplin Playing) (Soft blues playing)