New York Fashion Week, Where Cultural Appropriation Never Goes Out of Style: The Daily Show

New York Fashion Week, Where Cultural Appropriation Never Goes Out of Style: The Daily Show

Today is the official start
of New York Fashion Week, or as New Yorkers call it,
Thursday. For more, please welcome
to the show our newestDaily Show
correspondent, Dulcé Sloan, everybody! (cheers and applause) What’s going on, Dulcé? Hey. Thanks, Trevor. Yes, it’s Fashion Week, and while we’ll see
some new looks, some things will never change. For example, we know
at least one model will failat her only job–walking down the runway.And that some designer’s
gonna try to sell us clothes
they fished out of a Dumpster.But the thing– mmm– that gets the most attention
every year is the cultural appropriation. That never goes out of style. Well, uh, Dulcé,
for people don’t know, can you explain
what cultural appropriation is? Sure. It’s when
you take something that defines the culture
that you’re not a part of and profit off of it.The fashion industry
does it all the time.
They take from black culture,
Native Americans, Asia–
you name it.I mean, the models
even appropriate their body dimensions the aliens
inClose Encounters.Yeah… yeah, yeah, yeah,
but, Dulcé, to be fair, not all instances of cultural
appropriation are that extreme. Oh, yeah, that’s true. Not every person who listens
to rap or wears a kimono or sings the chorus
to “Despacito” is trying to steal
someone else’s culture. Well, that’s good to hear,
because I-I love singing “Despacito.” Well, you can definitely
sing it, ’cause, you know, you look like a Puerto Rican.Hola.But sometimes
it crosses the line.Like when you get movies
about white boys saving jazz
or Miley Cyrus twerking.
Hell, cultural appropriation
is the only thing
Taylor and Katy can agree on.Okay, okay, but-but some people
look at some of these examples and they think, “Why the fuss?” Because, Trevor,
it’s (bleep) when white people “discover” something that
used to be considered ghetto. For example, look at big butts. I always try to. (cheering, applause) Thank you. Big butts used to be
considered undesirable, but since the Kardashians
bought all of theirs, now everybody wants one. Ooh, and don’t get me started
on dreadlocks.When black people have them,
they’re discriminated against.
They even get fired over it.But when white people have
them, clothes fly off the rack.
Look at this. Is this a fashion
show or is she a avatar?
Wai… Wait, wait, go-go back–
was that Kendall Jenner? Baby, it’s always
Kendall Jenner. Yeah, we… You know what,
Dulcé, I’m not gonna… I’m not gonna lie– I hear you,
and this is interesting. Because for me it’s weird–
where I come from, cultural appropriation
isn’t really a big deal, right? My-my family’s always
trying to get my white friends to wear African clothes. They don’t view it
as white people trying to steal our culture,
they think they’re embracing it. Mm-hmm. And that’s the attitude
that got my ancestors over here. These white men aren’t trying to
steal us, they’re embracing us. Come on, come get on this boat. -Okay, no, no, but wait, wait.
-Shade. But it’s not-it’s not
just Africa. When Beyoncé did that videowhere she dressed up like anIndian, uh, goddess,
right, people here
were upset, but in India,
a lot of people loved it. Okay, now, Trevor,
Beyoncé’s a bad example, because she’s a literal goddess.
Come on. Forget culture,
if Beyoncé stole my identity, I wouldn’t even press charges.
I’d be like, “Thank you. It’s a honor.
Here’s my pin number, Beyoncé.” Look, Trevor,
this is about equality. If minorities were equal,
they wouldn’t worry about people taking their culture, because
that wouldn’t be all they have. Look, white people,
if you’re gonna appropriate, take everything–
take the goodandthe bad. You can take my struggle, too. Get pulled over for no reason,
get followed through a store, and the next time there’s
a Black Lives Matter march, I want to see you there,
Kendall. But don’t worry about
bringing that Pepsi, girl– we drink Sprite. Dulcé Sloan, everybody.

0 thoughts on “New York Fashion Week, Where Cultural Appropriation Never Goes Out of Style: The Daily Show

  1. Thanks Trevor. For letting people understand that this only happens in the USA. You want to sing my countries music and dress like us? Go ahead. Who cares.

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