Category Archives: cultural appropriation

VICE: Why veganism is racist

I found this article, from VICE, mentioned in a public tweet from activist and atheist Ali Rizvi, who was aping the “first they came from the bird names. . ” craziness. This time, though, it’s not bird names, but veganism. I suppose that anything these days can be found racist, like knitting and young adult […]

Cultural appropriation: can minorities appropriate the culture of other minorities?

This is the kind of question that arises when you adopt full-blown intersectionalism. It’s apparently been decided that it’s okay to culturally “appropriate up“, i.e., Chinese people can wear jeans, and Africans suits, but it’s not okay to “appropriate down“, so that white people can’t wear cornrows or play jazz—at least not without explicitly acknowledging […]

Justin Trudeau admits to wearing both blackface and brownface. Is he toast?

There are several reports, the most prominent in Time magazine, that Justin Trudeau wore brownface as a school teacher, which he admits and for which he’s apologized (there are photos). Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME […]

A vegan claims that eating tofu is cultural appropriation

I’ve written a fair bit about accusations of cultural appropriation, and I do so for several reasons. First, these accusations are almost always totally misguided, mistaking admiring imitation for bigotry and theft. Second, they clearly show the folly of the Authoritarian Left, both its virtue-flaunting and its adoption of “actions” that are completely useless in […]

Misguided accusations of cultural appropriation: The Big Nightcap Kerfuffle

I’lll be out of the office much of today, so posting will be light. In fact, this may be the only piece of the day. So it goes. We’ve seen many bogus accusations of cultural appropriation, all meant to lay claim to some item or food or behavior supposedly the property of one “culture” or […]

The daily chuckle: Kim Kardashian accused of cultural appropriation for naming her underwear line “kimono”

Yes, even Kim Kardashian is guilty of appropriation, at least according to this article in The Daily Fail (click on screenshot): Once again we see people looking for an outlet for their outrage, and taking it out on garments that don’t even resemble Japanese kimonos, but simply bear their name. (It may be that the […]

Blatant appropriation of Hispanic culture by the Japanese

Reader Jane called my attention to this New York Times video about the appropriation of Hispanic “low rider” culture by Japanese enthusiasts. It’s not just the “bouncy” lowrider cars they’ve adopted, but also the clothes, the music, and the art. It’s clear that the Japanese entrepreneurs do profit from this appropriation, but it’s equally clear […]

Saturday Night Live mocks Twitter mobs

This was on Saturday Night Live last night, and it’s pretty relevant to some things we’ve discussed on this website. I need say no more; have a gander: h/t: Greg Mayer

Don’t appropriate my New Year!

This tweet is from Kassy Cho, a reporter for BuzzFeed News: https://twitter.com/kassy/status/1093235338686984192 Comments: 1.)  This reminder isn’t “friendly” at all. That word is just a smiley-face equivalent meant to take the sting out of the authoritarian diktat that she provides. Here’s lawyer Ken White’s response: That’s more presumptuous and proprietary than friendly actually — HATWONTHEELECTION (@Popehat) […]

Another Rachel Dolezal affair? Hawaii congressman claims he’s “an Asian trapped in a white’s body”.

Rachel Dolezal was a white woman who felt she was black, and, using various cosmetics and hairstyles, successfully passed for black.  She in fact became head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington before in 2015 she was outed as white by her white parents. She was summarily fired not only by the NAACP, but by […]