Cultural Appropriation

Bob

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I’ve got to be honest I just don’t understand it. Don’t get me wrong a person donning a wig/painting a face/ putting on an accent for laughs or worse is crappy behaviour and unacceptable but I’m increasingly confused by public outrage, shaming and statements of apology over song choices, hair styles and clothing. Over people taking offence when it’s plain to see none was intended.

Am I missing something here, I though living in a multi cultural society means fusion and acceptance, when did every thing become so policed? So offensive? So boxed? When did hairstyles become the property of one culture or country or music style become the property of one race?
 

Bob

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I’m not arguing against it.

I’m just confused as to why there is so much of it. They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, a fashion choice, whatever that may be, in a way that is not distasteful or deliberately disrespectful would surely be appreciation rather than appropriation?
 

littleme

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I’ve got to be honest I just don’t understand it. Don’t get me wrong a person donning a wig/painting a face/ putting on an accent for laughs or worse is crappy behaviour and unacceptable but I’m increasingly confused by public outrage, shaming and statements of apology over song choices, hair styles and clothing. Over people taking offence when it’s plain to see none was intended.

Am I missing something here, I though living in a multi cultural society means fusion and acceptance, when did every thing become so policed? So offensive? So boxed? When did hairstyles become the property of one culture or country or music style become the property of one race?
But maybe was no offence intended because of how we are brought up, what we've learned previously. Something we not mean as inappropriate can be very much so.


I struggle to give an example, but I grew up with my Nan saying all sorts of derogatory names for people, the least offensive now (but it isn't) for me is 'half caste' in reference to mixed race... Occasionally this word still slips out as I was brought up with it, I mean no offence, but both my carer and daughter are horrified at me whenever it happens... Even if I mean no offence it still offends some people, and I do try my best not to say it....


The other thing I struggle with at the moment is the different genders, growing up it seemed people were either straight, gay, or bi.... Now there's 'non gender' and 'identifies as' ..... Daughter has lots of friends who 'identify as' but I still find it difficult to get the correct name/meaning.... Some of her friends were born male, and have kept their birth male names, I then find it hard not to say 'he' (or 'she', as this also applies).


At the end of the day, people are just people, I have a good mix of friends of all sexs, genders & ethnicity... All I'm interested in is if the person is a nice human being!
 
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