What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is Cultural Appropriation?

The winner is…. Marlon Brando in The Godfather. On March 27th 1973 Apache and Yaqui actress
and activist Sacheen Littlefeather ascended the stage at the Academy Awards. Amidst a mixture of cheers and boos from the
evening’s attendees, Littlefeather read a portion of a prepared statement on behalf
of that year’s best actor winner, Marlon Brando. She declined the award on Brando’s behalf,
stating his reason for turning his back on Hollywood’s highest honor: the movie industry’s
continued misrepresentation of Native American people in film. Littlefeather was there in his stead to draw
attention to the American Indian Movement and to shine light on the issue of cultural
appropriation in film. Cultural appropriation. Although the phrase and the practices it describes
are familiar to most of us, it can feel ambiguous. And that’s primarily because while inappropriate
or offensive uses of other cultures are often quite obvious, the subtleties of the conversation
are usually drowned out by protests that appreciation cannot be appropriation. The actual phrase “cultural appropriation”
first appeared in print in 1945 attributed to the late professor Arthur E Christy, and
it’s been a topic of very heated debate ever since. As a term, cultural appropriation has its
roots in the latter half of the 20th century with its highest usage coming after 1980. Although the concept of stealing or misusing
a culture was on our collective radar form the 19th century onwards. And marginalized groups have been speaking
up against cultural appropriation that either diminishes or sidelines the contributions
of the people who created certain practices. But at the heart of these conversations are
three daunting and often amorphous concepts: First, what even is culture? How does power operate in relationship to
culture? And what are the boundaries between participating
versus appropriating another culture? So before we get into the debate of whether
or not culture can be appropriated and misused, we should start with the basics, namely: what
is culture? Well as a cultural historian myself, I’m
going to tip my hat to 20th century theorist Raymond Williams’ 1976 definition of culture. According to Williams, our modern use of
culture exists largely under three main umbrellas: First there are the “intellectual and spiritual
and aesthetic development” realms of culture that encompass shared ideologies and beliefs. This is probably the least tangible portion
of culture. Two good examples are the concepts of a shared
faith or patriotism. Both have a fixed set of values and ideas
attached to them, and can inspire cultural production. But they are also ideologies that exist even
if they aren’t being actively enacted. So you can feel patriotism, even when you’re
not actively performing a ritual that displays it. Just like you can experience shared faith,
even when you are not engaging in religious ceremonies. Then there’s the portion of culture that
covers the shared way of life of a defined group of people (meaning the way that a fixed
group interacts and lives in accordance with their common ideologies). This can be very specific, like the shared
lifestyle of one finite group of people, or extremely expansive, like a shared reality
that extends between all of humanity. So (as far as we know) all humans share the
earth. All humans, in order to survive, must eat. But the way we live on earth, whether in a
large city or in a rural community, is defined by the people were are directly engaging with
on a daily basis. And the third and final category of culture
that Williams describes (and the one we’ll talk about the most today) is related to shared
creative and artistic productivity. This includes the art, literature, music,
films, songs, and general representation of a given culture or group of people. Cultural production is the most concrete portion
of culture because it gives us objects and often physical items to look at and engage
with. So although this all may seem a bit dense,
it’s helpful to think about culture like a series of concentric circles radiating
outward. from the center. And you’re the center. In the first circle are the things closest
to us, like ideologies, because they exist largely in our minds. Then we have shared ways of life or things
that we engage in with the people directly around us. And in the farthest circle is cultural production,
or the objects, artworks, and creations that express our culture and that we shuttle out
in to the world. And being farthest away from the center, that’s
also the sphere most prone to traveling far away from its original context and therefore
being taken up elsewhere. And now that we’ve briefly waded through
the waters of what exactly culture is, you’ve probably found the underlying connective tissue
of these three spheres. Namely that culture is shared…and big and
constantly occurring. Plus it’s a bit like language because it
needs a collective of people to make a shared meaning. So often when people argue against the existence
of cultural appropriation, the basis of the argument is centered on culture’s shared
nature, since something that is shared isn’t owned by one particular person. But there’s a weakness in this argument
of ownership that stems from the way we think about possession. Some forms of ownership are rather straightforward
and therefore easier to understand. If you go out and purchase a car, you have
sole ownership of the car and are entitled to all of its benefits (like faster and more
convenient transportation) in addition to all of its drawbacks (like pesky car repairs). But ownership of culture doesn’t operate
that way because it belongs to the group that the culture stems from, and not one discrete
person or persons. And as professor Susan Scafidi notes in her
book “Who Owns Culture?” there are legal challenges when thinking of
discrete ownership in relationship to cultural products. Legal protections like copyright or trademarking
rely on a stable cultural product with a set number of creators. Like a song with a fixed list of songwriters. But culture is constantly evolving and changing. So Scafidi warns that patenting an idea that
is shared among a group “may provoke ossification of a culture and its artifacts.” But despite the difficulty of codifying cultural
ownership in legal terms, there are ways that culture can be appropriated or misused once
it’s divorced from its original context. People who are against believing that cultural
appropriation even exists often say that America is a “melting pot” of
various cultures, and therefore no one should be allowed to lay ownership to any particular
form of expression. As Scafidi also notes:
“Indeed, the tension-filled history of American immigration and even internal migration indicates
that the cultural products of others are often easier to accept and assimilate than the individuals
(or huddled masses) themselves.” And that’s because people’s admiration
for the cultural products they consume (like music, art, literature, and fashion) can exist
quite separately from the real world treatment of the people whose culture they’re appropriating
from. Because at the heart of cultural appropriation
isn’t just a cultural object, but power. Appropriation happens when you have a position
of power or are a member of a dominant culture who is able to take the parts of a marginalized
culture that you enjoy; divorce them from their original meaning; and use them for entertainment
value without considering their original context or having to deal with the negative ramifications
that someone from that culture would have to deal with as a result of that same action. So while it may seem benign to the person
who is extracting and enjoying the culture, the resulting damage can have real
world implications for the people whose culture has been misrepresented or misused. So let’s return to the 1973 Academy Awards. Although, in large part, Sacheen Littlefeather’s
disruption of the ceremony and Marlon Brando’s absence were meant to draw attention to the
specific issue of Native American representation in film, the longer statement that the actor
released after the broadcast pointed to larger cultural issues. Brando wrote in the full statement that was
published in newspapers after the ceremony that his decision wasn’t only about the
movies being made and the way that Native American cultures had been appropriated and
distorted, but also the real world issues that arose from this systematic mischaracterization. Of Littlefeather’s appearance at the award
show: “Perhaps at this moment you are saying to
yourself what the hell has all this got to do with the Academy Awards? Why is this woman standing up here, ruining
our evening, invading our lives with things that don’t concern us, and that we don’t care
about? ….. I think the answer to those unspoken
questions is that the motion picture community has been as responsible as any for degrading
the Indian and making a mockery of his character, describing him as savage, hostile and evil. It’s hard enough for children to grow up in
this world. When Indian children watch television, and
they watch films, and when they see their race depicted as they are in films, their
minds become injured in ways we can never know.” Brando also noted that at the time the 1973
Oscars were occurring, the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota had been occupied by American
Indian Movement members, who were met with military forces. The town also has historical significance because it’s
the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, where an estimated 150-300 Lakota Sioux were
killed by US troops. So the decision to represent Native American
cultures in movies as inherently violent and untamable also served as a way of appropriating
culture and misaligning history. To Littlefeather and Brando’s point: the
pleasure American audiences got from watch old Westerns didn’t outweigh the damage
caused by cultural appropriation and misrepresentation. So what do you think? Have anything to add to this theoretical minefield? Any other details and stories to tack on to
this winding road? Drop those comments down below since I’ll
be following along and answering some of them. And this episode is evidence of that because i have to give a shout out and thank you to Rico
Fly on Youtube who asked after our episode on tattooing if I could cover the history
of cultural appropriation. I hope I answered some of your questions here
today and that you guys liked the video! And if you guys want to keep seeing more of
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Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “What is Cultural Appropriation?

  1. Origin Of Everything says:

    Hey people! Just touching base to say I'm following along with your comments and I'm pretty impressed (as always) with the thoughtful tone everyone on this channel takes when thinking about challenging topics. You've raised a lot of good points. Keeping in mind that the episodes are only around 10 minutes long, there's still so much more we can cover! Keep the comments coming and hats off to you wonderful nerds for your assistance in giving me ideas of what a second part of this episode might look like!


  2. Christopher Flores says:

    What are the boundaries of participating & appropriating?

  3. Heywood Juhblowme says:

    What’s funny is Democrat/liberals always cry this but they support Elizabeth Warren who is guilty of it!

  4. Panthes Rutler says:

    Funny that the same people who tell us we are all the same, and that race doesn't matter; are also the same people telling me what to wear based on my skin colour. It is clear that people `against` cultural appropriation are racist people looking for a position of power over others. Terrible people cloaked under reverse racism.

  5. 로라 [Laura] says:

    My favorite old Kpop group Chakra (2000s) is getting some “cultural appropriation” bullshit comments by these Koreaboos who happened to stumble upon their performance. Koreans aren’t aware of African/Indian culture and this group was influenced by them. And I honestly think this brought more appreciation of these two cultures by kpop fans, even if they weren’t 100% accurate. I tell these idiotic “cultural appropriation” idiots that by their logic, you don’t get to use any Korean culture if you’re not Korean. It’s the intention that matters— if you’re using culture to compare superiorities then yes, that is inappropriate, though sometimes even making fun of or criticizing a culture isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Like how I think it’s hilarious how some Korean words are really bastardized version of English words

  6. JCB says:

    So, whining snowflakes have given their self-importance and hypocrisy an important sounding name? Pam Anderson is catching all kinds of flack for a Halloween photo-shoot where she's wearing a Native American head dress. The hypocrisy is astonishing! You can go to the Dakota's where you can buy Native American head dresses FROM… (…wait for it…) …Native Americans. Seems they don't mind someone wearing them if they sell them to BE WORN. (duh?) There are probably thousands of examples of this hypocrisy. So, what's the problem with people these days? Get over yourselves!

  7. Larissa Nuñez-Hill says:

    The real question is who gets to decide whats appropriate and in appropriate

  8. Larissa Nuñez-Hill says:

    This whole concept is stupid

  9. ScreenHackTV says:

    I'm British. I guess I can only do British culture stuff. Oh wait that's racist. But I want to accept and embrace other cultures. Can someone please explain what I can wear today!?

  10. ScreenHackTV says:

    I hate to break it to everyone but cultural appropriation is a western concept, created in western countries, to discribe western actions. Don't expect a Han person living in China to understand Wtf you're talking about when you explain to them why you can't participate in any of their Chinese cultural practices they want to share with you.

  11. Konata says:

    Besides the obvious question of who decides what is appropriate, I would point to the question of who even belongs to a certain group? Do you get to appropriate black culture if you are half black? A quarter black? Are we following the one drop rule? Do I have to look black?

    How about we just stick to discouraging the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes regardless of the color of your skin rather than yelling at people for their halloween costumes or choice of prom dress.

  12. Arni Jokull Jonsson says:

    You can’t dress up in a Thor costume because I am registered in The association of Norse mythology in Iceland and I say you can’t😤😤😤😂

  13. Crocoshark says:

    The one solid example of controversy over cultural "appropriation" you used in this video is I think better described as cultural misrepresentation. I agree that that's a bad thing. That seems separate from, say, Katy Perry using Egyptian iconography in a video without understanding its meaning (and calling the video "Dark Horse" without understanding that phrase's meaning either. (BTW, check out Key of Awesome's parody of Dark Horse) Good point pointing out the commonality of culture and language. I think looking at the (mis)-use of culture the way you would a similar misuse of language would be an enlightening way to think about the issue.

  14. Noah Okas says:

    How correct is this article? https://www.lawliberty.org/2019/02/26/cultural-appropriation/

  15. Result-of-unsafe-sex says:

    This reminds me of segregation

  16. WISE창완 says:

    This is one of the most neutral voiced videos about this topic. I loved the video.

  17. PatootiASMR says:

    Im white and privilaged and kind of clueless and genuinely didnt understand. Thankyou.

  18. Ash Mckinlay says:

    Our culture us human culture, and no human culture is above parody.

  19. Dobert says:

    I still don't get it. Can someone please explain to me using very simple words that my tiny little brain can understand, why cultural appropriation is a bad thing?

  20. Jacob Brulloths says:

    Where does cultural syncretism fit in all this?

  21. Albert Nielsen says:

    Cultural Appropriation is when Africans and Asians wear European clothes instead of their own traditional garb.

  22. Albert Nielsen says:

    Marlon Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A. and he had no right whatsoever to dye his hair blonde and assume a German accent to play a German soldier (The Young Lions) nor to play an Italian mob leader (Godfather). Both blond Germans and Italian Mafia Godfathers are minorities!
    Social appropriation of the worst kind!

  23. Thx1138sober says:

    I am an American, American culture is made up of appropriating the foods, fashions and customs of other cultures. Since all cultures are equal and our American culture is to appropriate other cultures, so, anyone that disparages any American for cultural appropriation is, therefore, disrespecting and oppressing American culture, which makes them cultural imperialists, bigots, racists and worse than Hitler.

  24. Gallowglass says:

    Word soup. Nothing relevant here.

  25. GSpotter63 says:

    Cultural Appropriation was never a problem until its false narratives were force fed to our young…….. It is nothing but a method to cause division and chaos. And sadly I would say it seems to be working.

  26. Camilo Cuesta says:

    Cultural appropiation is just a thing in USA and we the rest of the world have a hard time understanding why it bothers you so much

  27. Cheese says:

    Why is this a thing? I mean. If you’re blond and blue eyed and like afro braids, sure go on. Nothing wrong with that

  28. Geek Girl7517 says:

    My only problem with the modern take on cultural appropriation is that it denies that all modern cultures exist in their current state because of cultural appropriation. Here are two examples following. Italian culture is now synonymous with pasta but pasta was appropriated from China. Should we demand Italians stop using pasta? Cornrolls are now associated with Island and African culture but the oldest examples found in archaeology are in Celtic art and culture. Should we then state that African and all those of African descent now not wear them? Cultures evolve through contact with other cultures so to say all cultural appropriation is bad is to try and rewrite every culture on earth.

  29. Jack Silversidez says:

    Cultural appropriation generally refers to the adoption of traditional practices, objects, or images by a person or group that is not part of the originating culture. That is sociology definition of it, the conversation isn't about what is it. We talk about how can cultural appropriation been used in a ethical and moral way. The line where it is morally and ethically wrong is not hard to draw we all must use common sense when drawing the line.

  30. Ingrid Bock says:

    I like the academic approach, very well articulated.

  31. sebastian guerrero says:

    One example cultural appropriation is when studios in America say they're making an anime when we all know anime comes from Japan

  32. Seba Dames says:

    When you put on clothes of a different culture you celebrate that culture. Especially at Halloween or Karneval. And even if its a joke. Take the goddam joke and stop beeing a child. This whole thing is just ridiculous…

  33. Ismail Ghedamsi says:

    It's only cultural appropriation if you take something for a culture and claim that it's from your own.So most of the time the concept is misused.When a country occupy another country they try their best to erase the culture of the occupied country and not adopting the culture.

  34. Black Amethyst says:

    As far as her comparing black women wearing weave. First let’s be very clear we are NOT of even playing grounds. At what point was WHITE HAIR ever oppressed?. appropriation involves pieces of an oppressed culture being taken out of context by a people who have historically oppressed those they are taking from, and make it their own.

  35. Chris Austria says:

    I'm still confused lady

  36. Sebastian Garcia says:

    So where can we draw the line between abstract art, our own interpretation, and evolution of art for example dance or food that is common within cultures?

  37. Gαbbÿ Plϋmα says:

    I want to know if celebrations like Christmas can be considered cultural appropriation, since this practice has being completely missed used mixing Jessus and Santa Claus, Christmas trees… all different cultures and misconceptions?

  38. Kayo Yuuki-sama says:

    I don't like the video, it feels like it's targeting some havard or oxford people, I'm a just a half black gay guy trying to understand what the hell is wrong with society, I see no harm in cultural "appropriation" if you don't mean to offend or profit

  39. leonardo di giammartino says:

    Nobody is worried about Italian children watching “The Godfather”?

  40. ૨σყαℓ ƭεε says:

    My issue is a lot of y’all don’t even LIKE black people yet want to take from our culture ‼️ Lot of y’all look DOWN on us all the while trying to jack our style. How tf does that work? 🤔 And why can’t black people keep some things sacred? Black people have had our identities stolen from us when we got here in the “New Worlds” and even the little bit of culture we have left, everyone wants to steal & take part in, all while hating us & treating us unfairly. Society doesn’t even treat us well so why tf would we be ok with everyone else using our culture when y’all don’t even respect the people it originates from?

  41. Tito Torres says:

    Omg…really? Adopting elements of one’s culture is not appropriation. Cultural appropriation is really the wrong way to define the adopting of elements of other cultures. Adding power to the equation is just a way for paranoid members of historically marginalized groups in the USA to attain victim status in the present time and it’s absolutely ridiculous.

    Everyone on earth has participated in the adoption of elements of other cultures since the dawn of time and the dawn of Man. African tribes have adopted elements from other African tribes whether they be black or non-black as well as non-Africans. European tribes have adopted elements from other European tribes as well as from non-Europeans. Asian tribes had adopted elements from other Asian tribes as well as non-Asians. This is how societies and cultures grow. And in the Americas, people groups sometimes racial, sometimes not, adopt elements from each other and that’s how their cultures grow. This process is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing and it’s normal and it’s not appropriation.

    Cultural appropriation is the wrong way to define it as some in the USA are trying to make it and adopting elements of other cultures has nothing to do with power, that’s just ridiculous. It’s only bad if one uses it to mock the group an element is derived from, but if there is no ill intent it is a good thing and helps build cultures among all the peoples of the world. ALL HUMAN CULTURES HAVE ADOPTED ELEMENTS FROM SOMEONE ELSE’S CULTURE‼️

    These social justice warriors in the USA will have normal people thinking its bad to adopt elements from other cultures when it’s not. Please people, don’t believe them because it’s not true, they have an agenda and part of that is to get you to believe the nonsense they are feeding you.

  42. Kaitlyn B says:

    When tourists come to our country (Myanmar or Burma) and wear our traditional outfits, we literally praise them cause they are embracing it

  43. Kaitlyn B says:

    Now some child can’t even wear Moana costume cause they are white 😪 ppl are using that against everything.

  44. Cammy203 says:

    I'm Scottish. Every piece of entertainment in Hollywood surrounding Scottish culture is usually taking the piss out of it i.e. Large angry grizzly man who wears a kilt, hates English people and eats haggis. (and also horrible representation of Scottish history in Braveheart) But I don't care. There isn't any negative intention behind it. People need to stop acting like they own their culture and realise that they are just a part of it. And anyone can be a part of said culture too.

  45. Lyz Zavala says:

    Mexicans eat most meals with salsa not just with chips like y'all think

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  47. Bonus Malus says:

    Can culture be appropriate?


  48. MC Meyer says:

    Sure a lot of things are just stupid and dumb (like the Native-American & Mexican outfits showed in the beginning of the video), but the 'cultural appropriation' thing goes too far. Braids (for example) are and have been worn throughout the world. A lot of people actually like it when others take interest and take part in their culture. A lot of Asian societies (I've been there) encourage people to participate. Japanese people put me in traditional Japanese clothing. But when Katy Perry wears Japanese stuff, 'woke' people attack her, whereas almost all Japanese people love it. There are interviews where this is shown. I'm not gonna dress up in that Mexican suit for example, but I'm often inspired by fashion and art especially from Asia and from Asians, they love me loving it.
    Also, to say that people have backlash for doing their own culture is quite subjective. Who says everyone is impacted negatively because of things they do? Who can lay claim to a hairstyle? It's ridiculous. Also, White people can't do anything without being called out, mostly by people that aren't from that culture in the first place, but every other person is like 'jeeej light skin and blonde hair'. You'd say that's more for white people, right? Those are our natural features. Be proud of who you are! You are beautiful, regardless of your race or hair. Be you and be proud. Do I mind people making fun of white people, going blonde and what not? No! Why not? Because I don't care what someone else does, as long as it doesn't insult me. Instead of saying "If I'd do this, I'd get hate" try to change that status-quo. Some things are dumb, but let non-blacks wear dread locks (the earliest source lists them as Greek (AKA European)), let non-Asians wear Kimonos and let non-Whites get blonde weaves. Culture is great because it can be shared, not kept apart and in boxes.

  49. Kera Jordan says:

    Thank you for a clear and concise explanation of cultural appropriation..Ive spent a while shut off from society by choice now Im awakened I seek knowledge ☺

  50. Wilson Onu says:

    Hi. Can you please extend my thanks to the presenter (Danielle?) as well as all those who worked on this topic. This video was clear, concise and full of concepts that shed light on such a complex issue. Danielle should be a teacher, her manner and ability to put the listener at ease is truly exceptional. Thank you all for what you do.

  51. I’m already Sans Undertale says:

    Cultural appropriation is an excuse to be offended

  52. SamLazer says:

    In short: It's bullshit

  53. Carpet Climber says:

    Cultural appropriation: Some idiot being offended on behalf of a group they don't represent in any way.

  54. Miki Dewberry says:

    you culturally appropriated a western passport, about time you gave it back

  55. Michelle Xilotl says:

    I was angry whenever non-Mexican people put on their panchos and sombreros, and acted like how they think Mexicans are. But now that I think about it deeply, I'm angry at the stereotypes and false facts. I don't mind if you wear panchos and sombreros but don't you dare say that that is how Mexicans are and don't say that burritos are Mexican food, that's all false.

  56. The Last Sane American says:

    So-called "cultural appropriation" is the latest pile of ridiculous PC bullshit. Blacks and Hispanics have been appropriating white culture for centuries and no one's said a word. From conked hair to black remakes of The Wizard of Oz (The Wiz), Annie (2014), About Last Night (2014), Steel Magnolias (2012) and Death at a Funeral. Not to mention blacks and Hispanics dying their hair, wearing eye contacts, and bleaching their skin. All these things and more are done by non-whites all over the world and no one says a word. But let one white kid cornrow his hair, start babbling ebonics, wearing his pants down around his knees, or rap a song and it's front page news. Grow the hell up and quit looking for bullshit racist labels.

  57. Joe Dellatorre says:

    Excellent summary of a complex and important subject. Thank you. As someone who LOVES experiencing and enjoying the products of every culture, I hope we can learn to appreciate, in the most respectful ways, the art, music, food, language, relationships, and ways of living without appropriation or misuse. Learning about each other and jumping into the pool together seems to me a superb way to break down barriers and over-come some of the historical ugliness that reaches out in so many directions. At least for me, I find it pretty easy to appreciate someone after I've had a meal with them and heard them speak about their mother/child/spouse/friends/work/dreams/struggles/etc…

  58. possum440 says:

    If the idea of cultural appropriation is to be used then no other Human except that one single Human that created some look or food or sound, some idea, can claim that culture, regardless of the number of other Humans around that individual at the time. Humans have short memories and only like to use recent history as markers for anything. Cultural appropriation is a phrase that has no place anywhere among anyone. For more than 10 million years, Humans and Human ancestors have been appropriating cultures. If Humans all of a sudden decide that any cultures ideas, anything, is off limits, can be claimed only for them or require permission to use then you Humans are truly doomed. One single Human created some look, some food, some sound, some ideology, these belong only to that single Human, any other Human living as or using that single Humans idea, even if that Single Human "gives permission" for everyone use the idea be it food, sound, religion, clothing, ideology, those Humans are still appropriating that culture that some single Human created. Those Humans then become a group of Humans that run with that cultural idea and over time the cultural appropriation is complete. It may have take millions of years or hundreds of thousands or maybe just a hundred years, still the original idea is lost to time, the original look, the food, the sound, all created by that one individual were culturally appropriated over time…by that culture now claiming that "idea", that look, that food, that sound is now "theirs".

    Cultural appropriation is a stupid concept created by truly ignorant Humans. You Humans are shortsighted, selfish, arrogant, and in time, you will destroy each other over cultural appropriation.

  59. Rokicat says:

    I live in Korea where I don't meet a lot of other people from different races, so I'm a little ignorant about this issue. That's why I looked this video up. I think what I got from it was that cultural appropriation is when there are power dynamics involved, which then leads to the weaker side facing the risk of being misunderstood and misrepresented. Which then causes hurtful stereotypes and such.
    The reason I became interested in this problem was because there were some problems regarding K-pop artists wearing braids(in an African style, I think). Do you think K-pop artists wearing braids can cause some damage to African culture? If so, what sort of damage would that be?
    What sort of stereotypes are these acts creating?
    Is there a non-offensive way to appreciate African braids, like everyone around the world appreciates hip hop? Should K-pop artists just avoid braids overall?
    I'm not on either side of the debate by the way. I see the seriousness of cultural appropriation, but I'm just a little confused over what is cultural appropriation and what isn't and especially how to appreciate culture without appropriating it.

  60. Thomes Maisling says:

    This lady could make 2+2 sound like long division. So convoluted.

  61. Zeratul Of Aiur says:

    Cultural appropriation is Bullshit. Are you telling me if I pickup some Chinese traditions in my life, then I am racist? You are the racist one. You see? I pick up the good and leave the bad. You act base on race. Who is the racist?

  62. Belinda Eriacho says:

    Thank you for the perspective. It would to be interesting to have the same conversation from a Native American (NA) perspective by NA scholars.

  63. Aaron D says:

    As a European, I’m reaaaally confused… I feel like this can only exist in America 😂

  64. Mood Fox says:

    Hiii thank you for this video im trying to learn about this issue as much as possible, because i am a makeupartist and an artist and because alot of people are being quick to judge, i want to be sure that what i get inspired by is portrayed as respectfully as i can. Sometimes i feel like i have a hard time finding a boundary because nowadys people get offended by literaly anithing. Like for axample i do not get the braids problem, why is it so offencive if that person just literaly purehearted just liked the look, or dreads, in my country there are so many people that love them and love the culture that they are based out of.

  65. PickBit says:

    So let me get this straight: it's not OK to let your daughter dress up like Pocahontas for Carnival or Halloween but when it comes to stealing Italian brands and cuisine to sell garbage that has NOTHING to do with our traditions and make money out of it as if it was the original thing, then everything is alright? Because that happens in US every day but I don't see the PC community making an uproar about it… curious, care to elaborate?

  66. Iron Sights says:

    So a poor nation that may have been barefoot until someone introduced footwear is not cultural appropriation?
    What about when neighboring tribes or nations began bathing after they discovered the benefits of bathing when they were exposed to the first culture that frequently bathed?
    "Cultural appropriation" is how cultures evolve. That is why they are called cultures to begin with. Cultures grown from the inclusion of new and or otherwise foreign technologies, arts and humor.
    The adaption of cultural differences within homogenous societies has brought about greater understandings of humanity and enabled trades and peace between nations that may otherwise have been decimated by their own subscribed ignorance. These ideas of cultural appropriation, exclaimed by these Leftist idiots are the antithesis of liberalism and may only cultivate further regression.
    Here's one to piss everyone off; If persons infiltrate a foreign nation and begin to live among the citizens there, taking advantage of greater opportunities for economic prosperity why utilizing the roadways, shelters and education system created by that culture. They are guilty of cultural appropriation. As they are appropriating the resources that may be available as a result of the cultural accord established by the society they have infiltrated.

  67. Chris Hardy says:

    It does not have to be done by somebody with power fried chicken is not a black food it was made by Irish. Alcohol beer whiskey that is a white alcohol that was not made in anywhere else they made wine. Cars were made by white people there was no cars in any other countries other than white countries. Music most instruments made in the world were created in the northern hemisphere by white people. Cowboy hats do you get the point. But this is the United States nobody is telling anybody of any color not to enjoy something but the people that benefit off of stuff that they did not create in their own culture and another Crozier created it and then they look down on that culture as they that cultures Racist and stilling their culture. I don't see any white people in America cutting out hearts and throwing bodies down pyramids. Most clothes and styles that we were in America come from wear polo shirts come from where. And now skinny jeans who was wearing skinny jeans 1st. And then they say dreadlocks or black culture know they're not it was a world culture there are ancient Greeks Romans vikings who all had dreadlocks. Dreadlocks are caused by people not washing hair. Which makes more sense for vikings to have dreadlocks because they lived in cold weather and most likely was not sticking the head in cold water
    The whole purpose of all humans living on this planet is to share each other's cultures and to learn from ether each other's cultures. What is funny to hear people complain about their culture getting stolen but there where in Nike Adidas Reebok. Tommy Hilfiger Calvin Klein it goes on and on and on

  68. WOLFMAN R/C says:

    This entire idea is regressive and divisive. Only a really intelligent person could be this dumb.

  69. Sprink Hole says:

    Wait, what culture is appropriating what culture again? Why are all these people explaining things IN ENGLISH?

  70. Sprink Hole says:

    If you are offended by white people in dreads – YOU ARE THE RACIST.

  71. Dan0402 says:

    Cultural appropriation is by far one of the most stupidest things every coined, like nobody actually cares bout this bs, I say this as a proud hispanic teen

  72. Yen Feng says:

    No it cant because there is only one human race the most racist people are always the most easily offended.

  73. My name My last name says:

    My culture invented the computer, engine, internet, most instruments the west use today, pretty much everything we depend on today so should I be offended when  people not of my culture use them?

  74. My name My last name says:

    Question to ponder: How many years does a culture last? For instance African Americans are Americans not Africans. Or is it just all about anglophobia?

  75. Peter Rabitt says:

    What I see, a big problem, is that kids these days seem to believe that any cultural imitation is appropriation. Appropriation is epithetical, imitation is complimentary.

  76. Ricardo says:

    Why this sounds stupid?

  77. PineappleGamer says:

    Cultural appropriation is racism. For you to judge by the color of someone's skin and say they can't do this because they're this color, that's LITERALLY racism.

  78. tyler cumberworth says:

    The idea of cultural appropriation is just gonna lead to neo segregation

  79. Stanislas Sodonon says:

    I think it is very dangerous to combine cultural appropriation and cultural misrepresentation into one concept. The video uses one as title, but only ever demonstrates the other, while still using the terms seemingly interchangeably. It is quite easy to show the damages of misrepresentation, be it cultural or otherwise. I still would like a concrete example of the negative impacts of cultural "appropriation" of concepts that are, by definition, not finite.

  80. anabellik says:

    I think what Americans don't understand is, almost every country in the world spends hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars every year to promote their culture, because it means more tourism, better business, better economy, pretty much better everything. They WANT to share their culture. They WANT it to be appropriated. They WANT people all around the world to learn the language, eat the food, buy traditional clothing, practice traditional arts, listen to music and PERFORM it too. And all this talk about cultural appropriation only ruins their efforts. It's actually HARMFUL to most people around the world.

    Have you noticed it's only communities from US that ever mind "cultural appropriation"? And pretty much noone else in the world understands what's the deal? I think this is the answer to question why. You are rich enough, and American culture is spread enough for you to not care about sharing it. So instead you protect it. And I guess as long as it's inside US, you are free to have the idea of cultural appropriation, but don't expect anyone else to follow or even understand it.

  81. dartanion 007 says:

    Cultural appropriation?grow up babies.

  82. Javi Paillalef says:

    the commentary section gave me faith in humanity again

  83. Lance Kiel says:

    Who cares

  84. Mary K Fons says:

    I cannot believe you just gave a comprehensive, graspable, usable definition of culture. CULTURE. Are you kidding me??!! That is amazing and helpful. I dated a professional German philosopher and he couldn't do it. Thank you. I appreciate you and your work on YouTube.

  85. Don-micheal Bell says:

    Wow good stuff. Wish that it was longer but I understand

  86. carl perkins says:

    cultural appropriation is "offensive term..with no basic..no matter how you do ..honor someone or not ….

  87. Jack Ryan says:

    Let's to get to the guts of it, Cultural appropriation is just another left-wing farce of racism towards white people

  88. James Croucher says:

    Cultural appropriation and appreciation is common sense, depicting a group of people as those with negative traits is unfair and out of order unless there's real evidence that this is the case. Wearing a tea towel to look like an Arab or a lampshade to look Chinese is just plain stupidity and I see why people see that as offensive, it shouldn't be illegal though as we have a history, in particular the UK of joking about each others cultures especially in different UK areas. Not saying it's right but some on the receiving end find it funny too, it's debatable. When you see things like white people wearing braids because they think it looks cool or Beyonce doing a Bollywood style routine, that isn't depicting the group as bad people, it's taking inspiration from others and putting a twist on it, sure, some might find it offensive but they are the types who want to keep culture within one race or one nationality which basically says "even though I didn't invent it myself, because someone with my colour/nationality invented it, I feel like it is mine and others who share my culture and not you white person, take away the braids, give me your rap CD, stop saying "yo" and don't get anywhere near my culture! Also I'll call you racist for only sticking by your own culture so you can't win either way!"

  89. Thisis Fun says:

    Well, this was a waste. This concept is useless and utter bullshit.

  90. Lobos222 says:

    Cultural appropriation is BS. As a Nordic White, if you, regardless of race or anything else, want to dress up like a blue viking with unrealistic horns on hes helmet and so on. Go ahead.

  91. Mel says:

    I'm here because someone(note it was a white woman) got mad at me for doing poi. I was doing fire poi flow, not Maori poi dance.
    I wanted to double check and I'm still pretty sure it's not cultural appropriation… the styles are completely different, like comparing hip hop to ballet, both are dance, but are completely different.

  92. Nazyair sengikar says:

    Wow so weak minded; get over yourselves not 1 human is this important. So you want a multicultural land and you complain about people displaying it without direct permission. The moment you join a land that is permission. This video is designed to make people waist time on pointless info rather than work together. Or in other words a soft segregation attempt; Hitler would love you culture appropriation advocates, you are all little Hitler's.

  93. Björn Johnzon says:

    7:00 Katy Perry used eqyptian cultural from the time of the pharaohs. Eqyptian don't have that culture in the 21st century. The pharaohs are part of their history. But then eqyptians shouldn't use 16th century European culture. You mentioned there is copyright, which I think is enough, and now the UNESCO has aknowledged certain cultural aspects, like the hopping in Echternacht in Louxembourg. Kids wearing halloween costumes aren't commiting acts of genocide, so wtf! If cultures don't mix, we wouldn't have rock'n'roll, the numbers 0-9 that originated in India, the english language which is an anglosaxon language(partly nordic influenced from the vikings and partly influenced by latin). without that mix of cultures the world be stale and gray. and all most people would eat would be crops living in a cave. cultural appropriation is about exploiting other cultures fundamentally, but how do you know when a culture is being exploited and when it is being incorporated as an artistic expression or as an innovation? We have copyright, patents and immaterial right for a reason.

  94. Ojberretta Berretta says:

    im from argentina and in recent yrs ppl in europe started to drink mate wich is a traditional drink in argentina paraguay uruguay and south brazil …they sell it as lemonade in europe…and i think its great more mate bein sold brings more work to argentineans

  95. Bruh Momentus says:

    As an asian person I will say yikes however many times I want even though I'm not a white person.

  96. blop glurp says:

    I only got problems with culture appropriation if it goes with just making profit. Like shakiras waka waka song from 2010 she stole completely from zamina. I mean a worldcup in southafrica and you pick an columbian pop singer to perform their anthem. Wtf. Stealing and making profit from it.

  97. Archie the Afrikaner says:

    Any black women with a weave is cultural appropriation

  98. Deniz D. says:

    Would you say it is cultural appropriation that the hegemonic country in this world, the US, takes german fairytales by the brothers Grimm (from snow white to red riding hood, or sleeping beauty and princess and the frog) and gives no clear reference to german culture? It is in fact often set in middle age britain, but not germany. I see how germany is a western and white country and profits of global power dynamics , but nevertheless it feels weird that many people don't even know that this is german culture and folklore.

  99. roach says:

    can we stop with this? Can i please wear whatever i feel comfortable in and in a style i like? Can I wear my hair in cute styles and mix styles with cultures i find beautiful? As long as I'm not making fun of it? Globalization has caused so much cultural sharing and influences so much culture all over the world and they are exposed to our cultures, and make it their own, and then it becomes something different. But now it is a part of their culture. Even though it originally came from somewhere else. This is beautiful. America is an amalgamation of so many different cultures, taken with them from other countries and it becomes a part of American culture as well as their children become Americanized. It's a natural and beautiful effect of diversity. And it helps to do away with tribalism mentalities, group mentalities, when we can share culture and find things in similar w/ each other. Just be respectful. Don't be a dick. And don't ever let anyone shame you for being yourself, even if how you choose to identify and express yourself does not strictly come from the ancestral regions that your dna test came back with.

    culture is fluid and it is influenced. No one is unclear where certain cultural styles originate from. Cultural sharing is a much better alternative to policing everyone into a box, keeping cultures contained, and the people within them contained to the culture. That's actually sort of racist. And yes, I get the point that people don't appreciate where credit isn't given where it's due, that white people are popularizing hairstyles that were previously used to subjugate black people, and sometimes claiming it as their own. Or celebs making money off it. That is a problem, and that's the real problem. That black people are treated unfairly and aren't recognized for their achievements. There's still a lot of racial bias that need dealing with. But keeping people in their boxes is backwards. And sharing culture is a way forward. it's disgusting that white people popularizing the same hairstyles that black people were condemned for is the way to make the hairstyles more acceptable and even popular in mainstream society. But at least that's the direction it's going. I support your cause. But i'm also against this idea of cultural appropriation. Don't try to box me in. it was wrong when it happened to black people, and it's still wrong when it's pushed on anyone else.

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