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Rock and roll, for example, has a long history of cultural appropriation as white bands would take African-American music (such as the music of Muddy Waters) and claim it as their own creation, erasing the contribution of the people who came before.
But it’s not always on the level of the Beach Boys straight-up ripping off Chuck Berry or Led Zeppelin stealing from Howling Wolf and Willie Dixon; it’s also a series of acts of profound disrespect for the culture that’s being stolen from.
The term “cultural appropriation” crops up a lot these days.
When fashion designers decide that it would be a good idea to dress their (white) models in feathered Native American headdresses and “war paint”, when pop singers dress up in Geisha cosplay or saris and bindis, when photographers and models paint themselves with Day of the Dead sugar skull make-up, and white model-actress-whatevers start wearing cornrows (and when So what’s the problem, exactly?
At its core, cultural appropriation is treating cultures like a pick-and-mix grab bag of ideas for the dominant majority culture (almost always white) to dip into and adopt as their own.
It treats other people’s culture, history and identities as a source of exotic flavor without any regard for the cultural context from which the ideas originate.
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It’s treating other cultures, especially minority cultures, as a stereotype at best, reducing them to a cartoonish caricatures instead of people.
At worst, it’s quite literally stealing their accomplishments and claiming them for your own.
Olivia Munn is appropriating nerd culture, seeing as Cliffy B didn’t bother actually going into detail other than to rant about her being an asshole and making the usual “your anger only makes me stronger” posts that people seem to think proves that they’re not bothered by the response.
But while there’s a certain amount of irony in Cliffy B calling people hipsters for using phrases like “gatekeeping” while slinging terms like “cultural appropriation”, it’s a charge that gets thrown around regularly without irony (usually by people who think using “SJW language” is a magic spell) at women who have the temerity to claim to be geeks or to like geeky properties.