A look back at some examples of “cultural appropriation” this year

Despite greater awareness now than before, cases of cultural appropriation continue to occur around the world, highlighting ethnic awareness that involves having strong culinary knowledge, understanding of race and ethnicity. ethnicity, and the need to do research before trying to release anything. in the world.

Often, brands and celebrities have been accused of appropriating another culture through their clothes, hairstylesand sometimes to put on makeup, among others. Earlier this year, indianexpress.com accounted for cultural “appropriation” versus “appreciation”, stating that the former refers to making certain choices that may hurt and offend people of a specific community or race, such as choosing to wear another country’s traditional attire and simply making it a fashionable statement. Or wear a jewel rooted in another culture and display it as a simple accessory.

Certain makeup trends and styles are also frowned upon.

There are many examples, which is why we offer you this broad overview of some cases of cultural appropriation from around the world that have been observed this year; looked.

Let’s start with the Dior controversy. The French luxury fashion house accused of appropriating Chinese culture, after protesters claimed he copied a classic skirt design, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. A New York Post report said many Chinese student protesters took to the streets of Paris to demonstrate outside the Christian Dior store on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. The garment was a black pleated skirt from Dior’s fall collection, which the fashion house says “highlights the idea of ​​community and sisterhood in looks with a school uniform feel,” but which , according to protesters, was a rip off of the traditional “Mamian” or “horse face” skirt popular in China during the Ming Dynasty era.

In October of this year, one of the ‘Great British Bake Off‘ episodes was criticized for “appropriating” Mexican culture. Viewers claimed the creators showed a gross misrepresentation of Mexican culture during the themed episode, in which show hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas were seen wearing sombreros (a type of hat) and shaking the maraca instrument, almost in a cartoonish way. At one point, they even wondered if they should make “Mexican jokes”, lest it offend people.

Meanwhile, taking a step in the right direction, British chef Jamie Oliver said he makes sure his cookbooks are checked so that there is no margin for error. Apparently, he hires “teams of cultural appropriation specialists” to make sure his recipes are read correctly and the books are safe to publish. The celebrity chef made the revelation while speaking to the Sunday culture magazine.

In January of this year, Pharrell Williams wore a pair of Mughal-era inspired diamond sunglasses and sparked a line of cultural appropriation. The Pharrell x Tiffany sunglasses collaboration has been called out by the fashion watchdog Prada diet. Taking to Instagram, he pointed out that there is a resemblance between rapper and producer Pharrell Williams – who has collaborated with US jewelry company Tiffany & Co – “jeweled sunglasses” and “a set of extraordinarily rare Mughal glasses”.

Prada diet added that the “glittering pair of diamond and emerald sunglasses” is an almost exact replica of the 17th-century Mughal sunglasses auctioned by Sotheby’s last year.

In January, the actor by Sarah Jessica Parkersex and the city‘to restart’And just like that…‘ received criticism when ‘Carrie Bradshaw’, one of the main characters made a dress gaffe while celebrating Diwali with her Indian friend. Viewers were irritated when she appeared wide-eyed and puzzled after learning about the festival. She has a scene with her real estate agent friend Seema, in which the two go to a “sari shop” in Soho New York to buy something for Diwali. But apparently it’s a store full of lehengas and other Indian ethnic wear. And although the word “lehenga” was never really uttered, Carrie ended up buying just that – in fact, a Falguni Shane Peacock number. The whole thing smelled of symbolism.

In February, the actor Awkwafina Quit Twitter Amid ‘Blaccent’ Accusations. Much like Blackfishing – which attempts to appropriate black culture through hairstyles, makeup, etc. – a “blaccent” occurs when a non-black person imitates the way a black person speaks. The Golden Globe-winning actress, whose real name is Nora Lum, has announced that she is taking a break from the social media app after being criticized for using African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in recent years.

She wrote a lengthy statement about it: “As a non-black POC, I stand by the fact that I will always listen and work tirelessly to understand the history and background of AAVE, which is deemed appropriate or back to the progress of ANY and EVERY marginalized group. But I must emphasize: To mock, belittle or be mean in any way at the expense of others is: Simply. Not. My nature. It never was and it never was.

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