Cultural Appropriation

Biracial Singer Halsey On “White-Passing”: “I Look Like A White Girl, But I Don’t Feel Like One”

Even though the number of individuals in the U.S. who identify as Black and white doubled to 1.8 million from 2000 to 2010, the debate over …

Culture

Why This Jewelry Designer Thinks Cultural Appropriation Is Misunderstood

There are two types of people in the world: Proprietors of the "arm party," the "ear party," and any other aptly named bodily fête who would feel naked without buying, collecting, and piling on jewelry; and those who, frankly, could care less. Minus a thin gold band I borrowed from my former …

Culture

Halsey talks looking white but feeling black: 'It's been weird navigating that'

Halsey's year has been the definition of "whirlwind." She unexpectedly skyrocketed to A-list status after "Closer" was released in July 2016, and the public has fallen in love with her blunt, totally-honest approach to stardom -- and her willingness to open up about some pretty difficult …

Father's Day

Coco's braids symbolise the dilemma around cultural appropriation

Malibongwe Tyilo debates whether the social media storm sparked by a reality star's hairstyle was justified

Culture

We need to talk about the cultural appropriation of sign language

<b>As a hearing person, sign language isn’t something I’ve given much thought to.</b><p>I learned to sign my name in primary school, but that was pretty much …

Language

Becky Got Bars? Rapper Wynne Ain’t No Iggy Azealia, Might Be Better Than Your Fave

<i>Image via Instagram</i>Rapper Wynne’s Instagram Freestyle Is Making NoiseWe already know that there will probably be a million comments on this post …

When does borrowing become cultural appropriation in dance?

Dance has been a significant part of human culture since the very earliest civilisations. While today it is done more for entertainment purposes, its …

Belly Dancing

Alt-Left Insanity: Take Your Kids to the Climate Justice Fashion Show

<i>Note: Normal people might find some of this offensive. (We hope. Dear Lord, please!)</i>“Fashion, turn to the left.” -- Fashion, David Bowie<i>The Man Who</i> …

Conservative View

Japanese Tumblr user drops hammer on debate of if Caucasian girl’s Japan-themed party was racist

“The only people who think culture shouldn’t be shared are racists like you.”Most of the Internet is a little late to the party, but a 2012 post on …

Japan

Patrick Starrr Responds to Cultural Appropriation Accusations After Wearing Afro Wig

“We aren’t a costume for you to parade around in.”<p>Beauty vlogger Patrick Starrr frequently shares his latest looks on social media, but his latest decision hasn't gone over well online. The glam guru recently came under fire for a series of photos he explained were inspired by Solange on her …

Culture

Marc Jacobs Opens Up About Being 'Insensitive' to Cultural Appropriation in the Past

Marc Jacobs, whose Fall 2017 collection is heavily inspired by hip-hop and the sharp-meets-casual style of the '90s, has reflected on the controversy …

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs on Hip Hop and Charges of Cultural Appropriation: 'Maybe I've Been Insensitive'

“If all the world’s a stage, then identity is nothing but a costume.”<p>It’s a line Marc Jacobs has used before, and it reflects a philosophy that has …

Fashion

You Know Who Else Hated Cultural Appropriation?

<i>When I read that the University of Michigan was hiring a “Bias Incident Prevention and Response Coordinator” for the purpose of “[enacting] cultural</i> …

Conservative View

Are We Really Doing This Whole Asian Cultural Appropriation Fashion Trend Again?

Perhaps you, like me, have noticed a slow and steady comeback of culturally Asian garments becoming fashionably trendy. I blame the 90s throwback, regurgitating its way back into the zeitgeist of cool with little to no reflection at all. When has being Asian ever been cool in a mainstream sense? …

Fashion

Watch: Eminem Makes Fierce Return To Cinema With Searing New Film, ‘Bodied’

It has been 15 years since Eminem’s acting debut in the movie 8 Mile—named after the Detroit, Michigan highway that literally and figuratively forms …

Eminem

‘That’s The Gag’: Keke Palmer Accused Of Cultural Appropriation By The Black LGBTQ Community

Young entertainer Keke Palmer, star of YouTube’s new <i>That’s The Gag</i> series, has been taken to task since 2016 on her continued usage of “the gag,” a …

Keke Palmer

Unpacking the Absurd Logic of Cultural Appropriation—and What It Will Cost Us

In late August, 1968, a successful, young Canadian songwriter named Robbie Robertson would sit down to engage in one of the most preposterous acts of …

Music

University of Michigan searching for staffer to tackle ‘cultural appropriation prevention’

Amid the growing movement of colleges allocating money to enforce political correctness, the University of Michigan is looking to hire a “bias incident prevention and response coordinator” who will — among other things — “enact cultural appropriation prevention initiatives.”<p>The coordinator also …

Conservative View

This Artist Recreated Famous Movie Posters With Indigenous People

<i>This originally appeared on VICE CA.</i><p>Toronto Indigenous multimedia artist Jay Soule is no stranger to doing things himself. His grassroots work can be seen across the city, from a piece on a concrete planter on Queen West to his sticker designs dotting light posts across downtown. While Canada 150 …

Social Justice

The Maasai brand is valuable — and it should belong to the Maasai people

<i>By Meg Brindle, Light Years IP</i><p>I was at a conference in Kenya when I first met a member of the Maasai, a group of people who live in East Africa. He …

Culture

Lana Del Rey Talks "Lust for Life," Avoiding Cultural Appropriation, and Getting Political

For six years now Lana Del Rey has attracted and foiled critics with pop music that does not sound like any of her peers. The mild, smoky voice, the …

Music

How one scene in ‘Girls Trip’ hilariously addresses the problem of cultural appropriation

“Girls Trip” is a raunchy comedy that centers on four college friends who reunite years later for a booze-filled weekend in New Orleans. But Malcolm D. Lee’s new film also captures how people of color are often tasked with alerting others to cultural appropriation.<p>Regina Hall stars as Ryan Pierce, …

Lifestyle

Kava drinking club - cool or cultural appropriation?

A social kava-drinking club in Auckland has come under fire from some Pacific people, who have accused it of appropriating a Pacific tradition and …

New Zealand News

Stan down: When super fans move on

How a group of Kendall Jenner stans showed fans of problematic celebs a way out.

R. Kelly

FOOLYWANG MATERIAL: CoCo-T Creates More Drama With Her Response About Her Braids & Cultural Appropriation

<b>Ice-T</b>'s wife<b> CoCo Austin</b> copped some braids for the summer. She's not the first white woman to rock the style, but when she said she is renaming them …

Culture

What You Didn’t Learn in YTT: How to Teach Spiritual Themes with Authenticity & Cultural Sensitivity

Tackling the topic of spirituality is bound to open a can of worms since it is such a personal, inner experience. To start, what IS spirituality? …

Spirituality

Tiki bar sparks conversation on cultural appropriation

Editor's note: This story was produced by student reporters as part of the High School Journalism Institute, an annual collaboration among The …

Oregon State University

Casual Racism: Stop Asking Me Where I’m From

Dear drunk man in the wine bar on Saturday night: Let me introduce you to a concept called casual racism. It lurks in the question of where I'm …

Beverly Hills

Why Aren’t Beyoncé and Jay-Z Being Criticized for Cultural Appropriation and Gendered Naming Practices?

Naming a baby can be difficult. Historically, one had to find a name that wouldn’t offend anyone in the family by honoring one person (thus <i>not</i> …

Culture

Oops: Vogue’s ‘Gender Politics’ Under Fire For ‘Cultural Appropriation’

Cultural appropriation isn’t just for barbeque and white people’s dreadlocks any more. It’s now oppressive towards the gender bending community. How …

Conservative View