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Cultural appropriation is a term you’ve been hearing a lot lately thanks to the internet. Whether you’ve heard about it on Tumblr or Rookie Mag or any other site, you’ve probably been left with a little understanding and a little confusion. Or a ton of confusion and no understanding. Listen, we get it, it’s a difficult topic, especially since we live in a world in which diversity and exposing ourselves to different cultures is encouraged. But sometimes even the most well-meaning attempts to show appreciation for a culture that isn’t your own can backfire…badly.
Whether you know absolutely nothing about cultural appropriation or you’re schooling people about it left and right, here’s everything you need to know about cultural appropriation. Before you go to that costume party, make sure you read this first.
illustration by Sarah Wintner
Miley won the award for Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball,” and used the opportunity to have her homeless friend give a speech to raise awareness for a cause Miley is involved with. She got really emotional about it, and it was very sweet. BYE MILEY HATERS, GO HOME.
Two of Taylor’s “characters” throughout the video also involve some race issues. I can’t comment on these on a personal level, but I have seen a lot of chatter on social media about how her use of black dancers seems ignorant and maybe even racist. At one point, Taylor hops around in a hoodie and fitted hat while backup dancers break dance around her. In another scene, she’s obviously mocking Miley Cyrus as she navigates her way through black female dancers twerking, at one point even starring at the girl’s butt with her trademark “OMG meeeeee, really meee??!” surprised face.
I think Hillary Crosley’s commentary on Jezebel pretty much sums it up: “What is clear is that the girl dead set on being America’s Sweetheart picked the wrong week for this sappy, ready-made Target commercial cut where she celebrates her true self by crawling through a bridge of brown and black women’s butts. *surprised Taylor Swift face*”
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Watching Taylor Swift sing one of her songs with a young cancer patient will ruin you for snarking forever.
Taylor Swift totally dresses like a straitlaced mom. Click here to see her most mom-ed out outfits ever!