Who, exactly, gets offended by 'cultural appropriation'?
We live in an age of mass stupidity, with totally ridiculous notions elevated to the status of self-righteous causes. But among the most absurd complaints that predominantly young wokesters embrace is the censure of what they call "cultural appropriation." By this, they mean people of one ethnicity using cultural artifacts of another culture.
Having lived in Japan, which eagerly embraced Westernization more than 150 years ago, and where classical music is far more popular than in the United States, this seems an odd complaint. Cultural appropriation has made Japan rich, diverse, and happy. McDonald's is the biggest restaurant chain, though sushi and ramen remain immensely popular, too. It is a delightful mix of opportunities for fun in every realm of human endeavor, with all the world's cultural achievements available for sampling in today's Japan.
The wokesters, of course, have no knowledge of such matters and focus almost exclusively on complaining about Caucasians dressing, eating, singing, or otherwise sampling cultures that the wokesters have decided are victims.
But what they fail to understand is the cultural pride almost everyone feels when others find his own practices worthy of emulation.
The tweet you see below from someone called Jacket Deconstruction is one of the funniest and most telling takedowns of the hubris of wokesters that I have ever seen. Enjoy!
Update: Twitter has suspended the account of the person creating the tweet. That tells you a lot. It featured a young man in an outrageous fake mustache, sombrero, and serape first asking young Americans (they look like college kids) if they are offended by his getup. They all are, and some lecture him. Then he asks the same questions of what appear to be Mexicans or Mexican-Americans. They are not, and some like it.
Who’s indoctrinated? pic.twitter.com/5kETXw4z2A— JACKET DECONSECRATED (@JacketNation81) July 26, 2022
Update: Janine Puhak of Fox News reports:
When Keziah Daum sported a traditional, Chinese cheongsam dress to her senior prom in Utah last month, she likely never intended her photos to go viral or be slammed as a "closet racist" over accusations of cultural appropriation. But days later, the 18-year-old began winning praise from an unexpected source — Chinese audiences and social media users.
"Very elegant and beautiful! Really don't understand the people who are against her, they are wrong!" a supporter chimed in of the cheongsam, otherwise known as a qiapo. "I suggest the Chinese government, state television or fashion company invite her to China to display her cheongsam!"
You look beautiful. Don’t listen to those who would try to bring you down.— Jamie Nagle (@JamieNagleMayor) May 2, 2018
Photo credit: Twitter video screen grab.