@Jaya @MilesofMountains my first thought is that it's not appropriation if it's your own heritage. even if you enjoy relative privilege because you don't "look" Indian (or whatever you are) -- plenty of people don't "look" whatever they are even if they have parents from the same nation/ethnic group, but that doesn't mean they can't be participants of their culture and use those signifiers however they feel comfortable.
I struggle with this as well, though. I try to stay aware of the privilege I have from the way that I look, and I too feel that I "get to enjoy select parts of [my] culture without having to experience" all the hardships of it because I'm only half-, and I look ethnically ambiguous. it's hard to balance.
I guess I just feel like there's room for exploring your heritage without it becoming appropriative, as long as one is careful and aware of their privilege. I don't think it's the same as, say, a person with no personal connection to the culture adopting parts of it for their own entertainment, a la Miley.
I love the comments here. Keep rollin' Pinners. You are all so smart.
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@laurel Well, now I just imagined your avatar thanking me for not yelling at it. And it made me sad.
@Lily Rowan What, do you happen to have a problem with the 100% obvious and true fact that positive hip-hop was invented by a white Seattleite, like, 2 years ago?
@Jaya I lived in Jackson Heights, Queens for a while, and literally the only thing that stopped me from buying all of the saris and wearing them exclusively was the knowledge that it would make me a total asshole. Indian culture, customs, and dress are GORGEOUS and all I want is to be invited to an Indian wedding so that my Dutch/Danish/English/Russian ass has an Actual Reason to partake. Until then, I will be wearing wooden clogs AS IS THE WAY OF MY PEOPLE.
Several weeks ago, I saw Miley interviewed on Good Morning America and I was AGOG at the utter crap that spewed from her mouth. She made sweeping declarations that she was speaking for her entire generation, and that, in defiance of the current state of the world, they just want to have fun/ party/ can't stop/ won't stop. It is obvious how uneducated, misinformed, and unaware this little girl is -and hell, it is well within her rights as a human being to be all of those things. What KILLS me is that the world chooses to listen to her. We have made this party monster famous, elevated her to such a status that she clearly believes her opinions and viewpoints actually matter. And now, because of a raunchy VMA performance, she is dominating conversations, thoughts, articles, the internet, etc. etc. etc. I don't think Miley Cyrus or her outfits, tongue, dance moves, or videos deserve such close-reading, because it is obvious that she just has no clue. She is not adopting the dress and dance moves of other cultures as some sort of statement - she just doesn't know any better. She is ignorant and no one has ever told her "no." My rage is directed instead at a society who celebrates this ignorance, at a pop culture that indoctrinates kids with the belief that this is cool.
It all makes me want to go seriously off the grid, to be honest. Arrrrrgh. /end rant
@nina! Agree. But something about Robin Thicke's tongue staying in his mouth seemed almost charming.
@JessicaLovejoy @JessicaLovejoy seriously nobody thought a song written for Rihanna could've used a little rewrite before they handed it over to Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter???
"so turnt up"
"bout that life"
NO, PLEASE DO STOP, I SWEAR YOU CAN STOP
"A famous young white woman donning a non-Anglo style garners a different reaction than would a famous young black woman (say, Ciara) wearing a grill and twerking—not to mention a non-famous person associated with the culture in question."
This. The same way if when my mother wears a bindi, she is "other," "immigrant," "different," but if someone — tyyypically white, but not necessarily — else wears a bindi, they are "cool," "hipster."