Showing posts with label Cultural Appropriation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cultural Appropriation. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dear Media: Stop Turning Every Twitter Flame War Into National News

A few days ago a girl in Utah posted some pictures of her prom night on Twitter. She was wearing a red Cheongsam, a beautiful traditional Chinese dress that she had found at a vintage store in downtown Salt Lake City. Naturally, someone dimwit with no social life on Twitter (a male at that) just had to say something about it:
“My culture is NOT your …. prom dress,” a man named Jeremy Lam tweeted days later, sharing the photos she posted. “I’m proud of my culture, including the extreme barriers marginalized people within that culture have had to overcome those obstacles,” Lam also wrote. “For it to simply be subject to American consumerism and cater to a white audience, is parallel to colonial ideology.”
This represents one of the big problems in America today. Not the dress, I’m not going to weigh in on that other then to say I also have a similar one myself. The problem is that national media outlets like the Washington Post and others routinely turns trivial local stories into national news based on nothing more than a tweet that attracts the usual mob and then the usual counter-mob.

The true story here is that one guy steeped in anti-colonialist theology got mad and pounded out a tweet. That’s it. The rest is inevitable because, you know, it’s The Tweeter. There’s always a mindless mob with no ability to think for themselves on social media willing to play follow-the-leader. When unimportant crap like this becomes fodder for national news, it makes you believe that everything is part a of gigantic culture war playing out at all times. It’s not. At least, no more than it’s ever been. But the sewer of social media and it's want-to-be stars makes it look a lot bigger than it is, and the national media can't wait to blow it up and further drive the wedge.  Knock it off.

As for Jeremy Lam and his minority band of twitter cultural appropriation nazis, F**k OFF. I'll be wearing my blue&gold cheongsam out to dinner this weekend.....

Monday, May 16, 2016

Don’t Ask The Question .........If You’re Not Prepared for the Answer.

Singer Daryl Hall Verbally Bitch Slaps Interviewer

The crazies at have become some of the most enthusiastic proponents of the 'Cultural Appropriation' bandwagon, piloted by the left on behalf of racist blacks and hispanics. But one interviewer walked right into a buzz saw spouting this nonsense recently in an interview with singer Daryl Hall of Hall and Oats...

One of the current debates is over “cultural appropriation” – The idea that white people should not appropriate the culture of ethnic and racial minorities. I know that you don’t like the term “blue eyed soul.” Have you followed this conversation?
"Are you trying to say that I don’t own the style of music that I grew up with and sing? I grew up with this music. It is not about being black or white. That is the most naïve attitude I’ve ever heard in my life. That is so far in the past, I hope, for everyone’s sake. It isn’t even an issue to discuss. The music that you listened to when you grew up is your music. It has nothing to do with “cultural appropriation.”
I agree with you, but…
"I’m glad that you do, because anyone who says that should shut the fuck up."
Well, this entire critique is coming back…
"I’m sorry to hear it. Who is making these critiques? Who do they write for? What are their credentials to give an opinion like that? Who are they?"
Much of it is academic.
"Well, then they should go back to school. Academia? Now, there’s a hotbed of idiocy!"
"We live in America. That’s our entire culture. Our culture is a blend. It isn’t split up into groups. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool – worse than a fool – a dangerous fool."
I also know that you don’t like the term “blue eyed soul”…
"No, and it is for this very reason. There is no color to soul. Soul music comes from the heart........." 
Maybe Salon should abide by their own idiotic philosophy, and encourage blacks and hispanics to get off the #@&%* Internet, because they didn't freakin' invent it! 

(h/t Nod to the Gods)