In missing the point: cultural appropriation of the Plains Indian War Bonnet is not at all offensive, apparently
I might be falling a little bit in love with TheRealSGM. There, I’ve said it! I’m not ashamed.
Here is her wonderful rebuttal to Kamila Kocialkowska’s piece in the New Statesman which, it seems, is trying to argue that cultural approproation in fashion is not at all offensive because (1) it never used to be when them foreigners knew their place; and (2) other people do the same all the time (flimsy examples included free of charge).
We have this somewhat ridiculous article by Kamila Kocialkowska on whether or not the cultural appropriation of the Plains Indian War Bonnet is offensive. Now, I fully planned on blogging about this last night after reading the article but the thought of, once again, having to point out that it doesn’t matter ifwhite Dudes think it’s okay to run around pretending to be ‘Indians’, it’s still rude. White Dudes have a habit of thinking all sorts of things are okay despite them being obviously racist, homophobic, disablist or misogynistic. As a general rule of thumb, if white Dudes think something is socially acceptable, it’s probably best to take 2 minutes to double-check. Just in case.
I decided to have a bubble bath instead. I know this isn’t a very helpful response to this level of nincompoopery but this will be something like the fourth time I’ve written about cultural appropriation in the past two weeks and I’m starting to bore myself.
Here’s the thing, I think the cultural appropriation of the Plains Indian War Bonnet by Lana Del Ray, No Doubt and Victoria’s Secret is incredibly rude, offensive and totally lacking in critical thinking skills. Frankly, this total refusal to listen to the opinions of other people sets my teeth on edge. That’s why we have a Tory party. If you don’t belong to them and you are spouting the “it’s P.C gone mad” line, you might want to rethink your political position. Or, acknowledge that you’re an asshole. Or, both. Probably both.
[More here: therealsgm]
And here is my flippant comment on TheRealSGM because it’s Monday afternoon, I don’t think I’ve actually properly woken up all day, and I wanna be flippant.
Confession: now, as people go, I’m a smart enough kind of lass but I cannot for the life of me tell you what post-modernism is. I’ve tried to figure it out, but I’ve now resigned myself to knowing that post-modernism, as a concept, is not supposed to be understood (because nothing is known, don’t you, erm, know?) and that’s fine.
But aside from that, I love some of Kocialkowska’s arguments in the NS. For example, “Do you remember when it used to be OK to appropriate and it wasn’t even called appropriation because there was us and there was them and we were white and they were not so it was all fair game and, like, Clint Eastwood (man).” Or, “Damon is doing this exact thing with music and that’s ok so what’s the big deal. Oh, wait, no, he’s not, he’s actually fostering collaboration and creativity which is not appropriation at all and completely different but that little detail is not going to get in the way of my argument that it’s all cool (man)”.
Etc. etc. There are some people who just will not get it, huh? (A bit like me and post-modernism except post-modernism really doesn’t matter.)
- A Much-Needed Primer on Cultural Appropriation (jezebel.com)
- The New Hipster Zeitgeist: Cultural Appropriation (sfsu.uloop.com)
- Victoria’s Secret’s Racist Garbage Is Just Asking for a Boycott (jezebel.com)
- More Cultural Appropriation: The Swastika (culturaldetective.com)
- Nothing Says Native American Heritage Month Like White Girls in Headdresses (racialicious.com)