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

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. 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.

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

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🤣😂

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 😢

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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 😊

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. So when I go to Egypt should I get pissed at my friends for wearing denim jeans, t-shirts, polo shirts, Nikes, and other clothes that's clearly from Western culture??? Or is that fine because they're not white??

  22. It is appreciation for culture. We all share cultures, same as my Native American culture. Because you don’t like it also means you don’t speak for everyone. It will always be mixed.

  23. cornrows were actually first worn by vikings. but my Scandinavian ass isnt gonna say thats Cultural appropriation when others wear it

  24. It's amazing how far one must go to completely miss her point. She defined terms and addressed examples. I read the comments and see absurd and obtuse references that represent a flagrant desire to "misrepresent" what she actually said. She CLEARLY said anyone can appropriate someone else's culture. She also said no group is monolithic thus, no one person speaks for the whole of any group. Some things ARE sacred. You Geaux, Francesca !!!!

  25. Afro-centrists want to claim many things that originated with Caucasians & this is one of them. Forget the Vikings, go further back. Anyone with enough understanding of the breeding of our species should be able to figure this out. The first mistake many people make is thinking it is ONLY a culture. While yes many cultures have lock specific ideals, the reality is that locks are the reason why humans have long hair on their heads.

    Let’s review. Humans & Chimps were once one species that split. Two chromosomes united in Humans sealing the speciation deal if genetic changes were not great enough already. Our line took a different road, getting smarter but still very similar to our chimp cousins, hair all over, no long hair on the head or long beard.

    But then one day some of these early humans left Africa, crossing rivers & oceans forcing them to develop semi-aquatic traits & becoming the earliest version of the Caucasian race. Like Seals & Dolphins we lost most of the hair on our bodies. We dived to get food, leaving the babies floating, this is why Caucasian babies today are the fattest because we have more of those genes. Babies know instinctively at birth to hold their breath & humans get smarter from diving from the diving response. There are numerous other aquatic adaptations too. This is called the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis.

    It is not truly known why the hair on the head & beard became long but it did and it clearly does that specifically to form locks because locks form naturally if left to do so and it takes an artificial device like a comb & tons of time to keep hair separated into individual hairs.

    Then some of these early Caucasians wandered back to Africa, please note their skin was not quite as pale as today’s White people & the gene for blue eyes had not arisen yet either. They interbred with the African human population which still had hairy bodies and no long hair at that time. This introduced those genes and changed them to become more like the African people we know today.

    Those Caucasians that remained outside of Africa changed a little more before present day but are basically the same & are the parent race of the Human genetics that causes long hair that forms into locks.

    This is why it is very funny to me that Black people often attack White people for “Cultural Appropriation” when their race only has the ability to grow locks because they got the genetics from the Ancient Caucasians. Now those genes belong to us all.

    Happy to clear that up.

    Have a good day.

  26. I'm gonna be the devils advocate when it comes to hair cause I see cultural appropriation a lot when it comes to that. I'll preface this with saying I'm from the Caribbean….Braids and dread locs are not exclusive to Africa or African Americans. I'm not saying they didn't originate with us but other cultures that had no contact with Moors or other Africans until later were already braiding/locing hair too.

    Dutch braids, French braids, Celtic braids, the Greeks braided hair, the Romans braided hair, east Asians braided hair, middle eastern ppl too. Same with locs pre Columbian Aztec priests had them, Sadhus monks and Ngagpas monks of tibet have them, Spartans had them, and Egyptians of course. All of these cultures had some form of braiding.

    Now yes we put some seasoning on it and made it an art but this groupthink cultural appropriation thing is getting redundant. Not everyone is trying to be offensive 🤦🏾‍♀️ I can understand staying away from things that are sacred and showing respect to the origins but we call cultural appropriations for everything these days. We want to be included in things and seen as the creative diverse people we are but the moment non black ppl do something that's supposedly ours cause they genuinely like it and respect it and want to be involved we cancel them and call them culture vultures and in the same breath invite them to the "cookout". Make it make sense.

  27. Are you seriously saying I can't wear certain hairstyles just because other people that look like me are racists?? What? In Sweden a dark-skinned person wearing braids/etc. is seen as completely normal, we don't reflect on it, and if a white-skinned person wear it they're usually considered leftist, and that's all. No one is ever fired for any hairstyles and what would that have to do with MY hair??
    I hate when we yell at people for doing "wrong", instead of welcoming them for being curious and EDUCATING them. Same in feminism. We go AGAINST our purpose of true equality between all ethnicities and genders when we just scare the big majority away. If they don't mean any HARM with their actions, why on earth would we yell at them? Welcome and educate them instead!!

  28. Halloween is for Irish, Scottish, and Welsh people only. How dare you dress up and expect candy on our holiday. How dare you!

  29. BStv. U stupid, stupid black annoyance. It's not cute how stupid u are. U can stop trying to make rules because of feelings. Choke to death on feelings. A lot of people will feel good about it.

  30. This is a fucking joke and anybody perpetuating this absolute nonsense is an evil effing moron! Cultural appropriation post the 90s is not some minstrel show, by that stretch Alan Turing was a gay white man who invented computing, so get he eff off the internet and your computers, don’t fucking drive, see how ridiculous that is! It’s all so pathetic, none of you can dress as witches either as they’re pagan white costumes, or Frankenstein or Dracula, GTFO you stupid dicks

  31. So are all the women dressing up in St. Paulies Girl outfits during Oktoberfest guilty of German cultural appropriation?

  32. Seems to me this woman just wants to stir up s**t. Basically, you can't win: if I ask my african friends if it's ok to wear braids (which I wouldn't anyway because it shouldn't concern them in any way), it's still not ok even if they say yes, because SHE is offended. Someone will always be offended by something, so what do I do? Put it to the vote by parlement, to be sure to get a majority decision? Oh no, even then it's not ok because that'd be the majority oppressing a minority…. No win situation.

    She does argue that wearing jeans or blonde hair is not a problem for her because it's a minority blending in with the majority, so I can understand and accept that, but if I have fun dancing to the Village People, am I appropriating and disrespecting gay culture? They are an oppressed minority after all…
    Just by being American, whether black, white or grey, you're part of an oppressing majority, aren't you my dear lady? Well… maybe not majority, on a global level… but definately oppressing!

    It's actually as ridiculous a subject as the french governement wanting to decide if muslim women have the right to wear a bit of cloth on their heads or not. I'm not American, so I wouldn't even think twice about it (I've had dreadlocks all my adult life by the way, since the early nineties, so I esteem that I'm part of the white, dreadlocked people that helped make it become a fairly normal thing: black people actually benefit from this because it has become just a fashion and therefore not something to be stigmatised for.

    Now I know nothing of people being fired from jobs because of braids, but I can tell you that in Europe nobody would be fired for such a thing, and if they were they could sue for a helluva lot of money! In no way are braids associated specifically with any one culture. Just look at Irish fairy queen legend pictures, for example, where you can clearly see that braids have been an art form for…. ever.
    Same, I know nothing of Native American culture, but I have heard that in the reserves they sell imitation headdresses to tourists. Now what's most disrespectful, wearing a headdress to a party, or selling one?
    To finish, she's saying it's ok if done with respect…. to wear a hairstyle… but to my knowledge pretty much the only people who wear a hairstyle out of non respect are clowns, because that's their job to be silly, and also punks, because it's their job to be disrespectful! spending years growing dreads, or going through the hours of discomfort of braiding seems to me to implicitly involve respect for what you're doing.
    Peace. 🙂

  33. My friend is Black, Asian, Native American, but mostly white. He would be persecuted for wearing something “not in his culture.”

  34. I don't think that wearing a Chinese food container as a costume for Halloween is wrong…. I mean a costume of a Chinese food container, not like wearing only a Chinese food container. I have to stop typing. I'll lose my YouTube privileges if I offend more people☹️ sorry guys

  35. According to liberal logic trans people should be guilty of gender appropriation. But I guess that doesn't count right? If black folks straighten their hair should the other straight haired races of the world be offended? This nonsense has gone too far. Perhaps one day we can all say, "I'm human and earth is my culture".

  36. How do you feel about people drawing inspiration from say native american art and then drawing it. not taking credit for it though

  37. I can't believe MYV produced this garbage… they went so down hill 😂 I thought I was watching a whiny rando youtuber. Turns out it was a whiny ignorant company.

  38. so… racism still exists eh? btw, greece, india, and many other places came up with dreads, so shut your racist mouth up

  39. Wait. What? The Japanese and Chinese are marginalized? Seriously? Kind of a weak premise for your attempt to refute the argument that wearing blue jeans is appropriating American culture.

  40. I don't want terrible things to happen to this woman. I don't want terrible things to happen to this woman. I don't want terrible….

  41. Culture appropriations is prejudiced. And is all about hating white people. Even white people that are part of heritage. For instance. I have witnessed so called people standing up for marginalized communities attack and bully on social media. If you are white they repost your pics as memes calling you a dumb ass white bitch. They even attack children.
    I have had it done me. I have been told to commit suicide, called derogatory names, accused of being a racist….why????

    Photo 1. I'm wearing a traditional Cuban rumba dress and head piece. It very closely resembles African women attire but either way they attack because they see my blonde hair, blue eyes and pale skin. I'm accused of culture appropriations. I'm told I'm a privileged white lady that never struggled and countless ppl have died. I don't even think they knew what culture the outfit represented.
    Pic 2: sugar skull face…. filthy white bitch. Not my culture. Etc…
    Pic 3: traditional indengenous Mexican dress and jewelry same momentum
    Pic 4: wearing a serape…I mean the nerve of me
    Pic 5: Mexican folk dancing attire and hair in Mexican traditional dance style. I know I'm such a alt-right trump loving white supremacists bitch.

    All seems funny to me since I wear serapes often. I wear my rumba dress and head piece which does closely resemble African style because I'm half Cuban. Yeah. My heritage. My family gets together and we do a photo every year in our customary style. With the oldsmobile from the 50s and all. If they would have scrolled further they would have seen me with all my cousins. A diverse family of racially ambiguous, white and afro Cuban ladies all dressed up so mamanita can have her yearly photo of her girls.

    As for the Mexican pics. I live in California. I'm married to an Mexican immigrant. All my life I grew up in Mexican neighborhoods. In my town dios de los muertos is a huge celebration. Everyone joins in the festivities. We paint faces in depictions of sugar skulls (including white ppl). The Mexican community is a driving force in our town. And they are not offended by the white ppl that participate yearly for the holiday. I use to dance in Mexican folk dance. I have been married and living in my community for 19 years. It's my adopted culture that is every bit a part of me. Like I said my whole life I grew up in Mexican neighborhoods.

    These culture appropriations have said the most vile things. They think they are superior and ppl like my husband are incapable of making decisions for themselves therefore decisions on what should offend them are better left up to them.
    They drag ordinary people, making memes out of their photos. They cyberbully. They jump to conclusions and make baseless assumptions based on skin color. The very definition of prejudism.

    Culture awareness and appreciation has nothing to do with culture appropriations. You know what does, racism, prejudism and inequality. They project hate to stop conversations in the progressive movement. Giving more power to conquer and divide by using classism and colorism. They even attack children. Don't believe me. Go on Instagram. We have serious race relation issues. We have serious issues with discrimination. We have significant inequalities and oppression but culture appropriations is killing the progressive movement. Its contributing to the alt-right agenda that got trump elected in the first place. Someone I am vehemently against. But projecting hate onto me is acceptable because I'm white.

  42. bullshit just ask the indians if they like beyonce wearing sari was good or not . yeah we love it you fuckers no one cares bitches. dont ever make this video . unsubscribe and i will also encourage everyone to unsubcribe from now on. ask the fucking indians bitch we love it when white wear sari. fuckking twat. at 2.16 mintue

  43. 3:43…. too right it's a "tough one"…….what you are in fact saying is that what's good for the Goose is not good for the Gander it's ok to be a hypocrite because white people are all oppressive and privileged……………if you're so interested in "respect"….You should start with a little SELF respect and get that bloody great chip off your shoulder

  44. Near the end you asked what are some of the misconceptions that I have heard about cultural appropriation. Well for one, this whole dam video was a misconception about cultural appropriation. Cry me a river, build a bridge and get the f**k over it!

  45. I definately think that some rules special to ethnic hair in the workplace should be changed. I think it is more than appropriate for someone to cover or braid their hair to make it look more presentable. However, each workplace makes their own rules based on the image that they are trying to present. As far as braids in general, not corn rows, I am saddened by how little is actually known about Europeans. Braiding is the most common way to manage hair with a smooth texture. I learned to braid my hair before I learned to tie my shoes. I dont believe long braids are a natural parts of ethnic hair in a natural environment. However, I certainly dont care if an ethnic women wants to wear her hair long, like mine. I dont mind if her hair is cornrowed or long braided because I dont own the braid. No one owns these things and to be offended over hairstyles is nonsense. Plus, we believe in liberty in the USA which means the right to govern our own selves. So, do you, and others should do them, however they want to do it.

  46. Someone explain me why hair in a twist with gel is a trigger but Nicki Minaj and her video Chun-li isn't a problem? I always think when I see it as an example of hypocrisy. Maybe I'm wrong but is my impression

  47. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT EUROPEAN OR WHITE, HAVE CHOOSE TO DRESS LIKE THE EUROPEAN OR WHITE, AND MANY DISRESPECT THE EUROPEAN OR WHITE, SO YOUR NAME IS FRANCESCA AND YOU CHOOSE TO DRESS LIKE THE EUROPEAN OR WHITE AND YOUR DISRESPECTFUL, GO TAKE AN AFRICAN NAME AND DRESS IN ORIGINAL AFRICAN CLOTHES

  48. And yet St Patrick's day is ok. A holiday that openly mocks an entire race of people and makes them look like drunk leprechauns. Your argument is invalid.

  49. Cultural appropriation generally refers to the adoption of traditional practices, objects, or images by a person or group that is not part of the originating culture. That's Sociology definition, it is not about what is cultural appropriation the conversation needs to be about when it is ethical and morally right and when it is ethically and morally wrong it is not about power because it describes a behavior. Think of Japanese salaryman adopting western suits as business wear as an example, any group can do it within society.

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