I’ve always been on the fence about cultural appropriation but have read stories that seem to take it too far. I do believe dressing to “ape” a culture is wrong. Similarly, dressing in cultural garb that has religious connotations should be avoided. (Note I don’t think any of this should be illegal)
Recently I have been hearing about white people with dreadlocks getting accused of cultural appropriation. What? It’s a hair style. My white wife had dreadlocks for years and it looked good on her. When black people straighten their hair, are they appropriating a culture?
So now I’m thinking people need to chill out and just let people have their own styles, no matter the originating culture. Perhaps even celebrate this integration of our diversity.
It gives people another excuse to be super judgmental and triggered. I am of Scottish decent. Am I supposed to be pissed off if somebody from Senegal wears a kilt? Yes. If I was a borderline mentally ill, nut job. But since I’m not, I couldn’t care less. Wear what ever the hell pleases you.
When I first heard the term a few years ago and read about it, I thought it sounded like something some far right group would come up with. Everyone needs to stick to their own style and shouldn’t intermix style. I was surprised to find it was coming from the left.
Progressives once attacked little girls for dressing as their favorite Disney character. There are many toxic concepts among the left, but cultural appropriation might be the worst because it actively discourages people from coming together.
Personally, I think this idea of cultural appropriation is hyper woke idiocy. There is no group, nationality or individual on this planet that has not somehow adapted a peice of some other culture in some way.
However, I will say this…when St. Patty’s day roles around, and you false Mics don you’re green shirts and shamrocks, I don’t want to here no celebrating ■■■■ unless you’re willing to pound a fifth of Jameson with me (or atleast buy me a few shots and watch me pound them.)