Looking back at some instances of ‘cultural appropriation’ this year

Despite more awareness now than ever before, cases of cultural appropriation continue to occur around the world, putting a spotlight on ethnic awareness that comes with having a strong culinary background, an understanding of race and ethnicity, and the need to Do research before trying to get something out. in the world

Brands and celebrities have often been accused of appropriating another culture through their clothing, hairstylesand sometimes make-up, among others. At the beginning of this year, indianexpress.com had reported on cultural ‘appropriation’ vs. ‘appreciation’, stating that the former refers to making certain decisions that can hurt and offend people belonging to a specific community or race, such as choosing to wear the traditional attire of another country and simply making a fashion statement with it. Or wear a piece of jewelry rooted in another culture and flaunt it as a mere accessory.

Certain makeup trends and styles are also frowned upon.

There are many examples, that’s why we bring you this extensive summary of some cases of cultural appropriation from around the world that were witnessed this year; have a look.

Let’s start with the Dior controversy. the French luxury fashion house accused of appropriating Chinese culture, after protesters claimed she copied a classic skirt design, dating back to the Ming dynasty. A New York Post The report indicated that many Chinese students took to the streets of Paris to demonstrate in front of the Christian Dior store on 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 the charm of a school uniform,” but which protesters claimed was a copy 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‘ episodes was criticized for ‘appropriating’ Mexican culture. Viewers claimed that the creators displayed a gross misrepresentation of Mexican culture during the themed episode, which saw show hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas wearing sombreros (a type of hat) and waving the maraca instrument, almost out of hand. cartoonish way. At one point, they even contemplated whether they should make “Mexican jokes” so as not to offend people.

Meanwhile, taking a step in the right direction, British chef Jamie Oliver said he makes sure his cookbooks are vetted so there is no margin for error. He apparently hires “teams of cultural appropriation specialists” to make sure his recipes read well and the books are safe for publication. The celebrity chef made the revelation as he spoke to the sunday culture magazine.

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In January of this year, Pharrell Williams wore a pair of Mughal-era inspired diamond sunglasses and triggered a row of cultural appropriation. The Pharrell x Tiffany sunglasses collaboration was denounced by the fashion watchdog prada diet. On Instagram, he noted a similarity between the “jeweled sunglasses” of rapper-producer Pharrell Williams, who has collaborated with US jewelry company Tiffany & Co, with “an extraordinarily rare set of Mughal sunglasses.”

prada diet He added that the “brilliant pair of diamond and emerald sunglasses” is a near-exact replica of the 17th-century Mughal sunglasses Sotheby’s put up for auction last year.

In January, the actor Sarah Jessica Parker’s’sex and the city‘ restart ‘And just like that…‘ received criticism when ‘Carrie Bradshaw’, one of the main characters made an outfit mistake while celebrating Diwali with her Indian friend. Viewers were upset when she appeared wide-eyed and bewildered after learning about the festival’s existence. She has a scene with her real estate agent friend Seema, in which the two of them go to a ‘sari shop’ in New York’s Soho to buy something for Diwali. But apparently, it’s a store full of lehengas and other ethnic Indian clothing. And while the word ‘lehenga’ was never really uttered, Carrie ended up buying just that—indeed, a Falguni Shane Peacock number. Everything reeked of tokenism.

In February, the actor Awkwafina quits Twitter amid ‘black’ accusations. Much like Blackfishing, which attempts to appropriate black culture through hairstyles, makeup, etc., a ‘blaccent’ is 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 will be taking a break from the social media app after facing criticism for using African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in recent years.

He wrote a lengthy statement on the matter: “As a non-black POC, I stand by the fact that I will always listen and work tirelessly to understand the history and context of AAVE, whichever is deemed appropriate or backwards for the progress of ANY and EVERY marginalized group. But I must emphasize: Making fun of, putting yourself down, or being obnoxious in any way possible at the expense of others is: Simply. No. My nature. It never has, and never was.”

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