do you ever sit there and wonder what life must be like for people without anxiety
like they just
without worrying about them first
Anxiety is an excuse
I hope you walk barefoot on a world of legos for the rest of your life
The first time Tony Stark had an anxiety attack he thought he had been poisoned.
think about that
does anybody else think tired and sleepy mean two totally different things
sleepy is cute and dozing off and happy but tired is 10 cups of coffee and murder
How is incorporating Japanese elements into something flat out racist?… Japan is a much stronger and better off country then America with a way richer past. I think it’s racist to not appropriate elements of that. And yes, appropriation can be positive. Settle. Ignoring a beautiful and/or cool aspect of a culture because they look different from us is just as racist. It’s almost like stating “we have way more power then you and our incorporation of your culture will destroy you because we are that much more powerful”
Hiiiiiiiiii I really like your face but I’m gonna tell you why you’re wrong because this is a Very Important Thing!
First of all: read this. Seriously, don’t skim it, actually read it there will be a quiz tomorrow before recess.
So what you are talking about is “cultural exchange,” which is when two cultures mutually exchange aspects without harmful repercussions (generally speaking). And you’re right, that’s totally a good thing. It’s usually a natural process between two cultures that are assimilating due to a multitude of reasons, and it has to be done respectfully and across equal grounds.
There is nothing equal, or mutual, or respectful about white people using Japanese people (specifically women) as glorified props and their culture as “cool niche” aspects to their music videos, and that’s why it’s racist. It has nothing to do with how powerful/wealthy Japan is as a country; cultural appropriation is societal and…well, cultural, in nature. Which leads to a few important points such as:
- You do not see female Japanese musicians with five white girls wearing western clothing, dancing behind them in their music videos with blank expressions like a bunch of marionette sex-dolls.
- White Hollywood is using Japanese culture, not appreciating it. There’s no history and no respect involved; it’s just white girls saying “oh this is cute OR SHOULD I SAY KAWAII I’m gonna use it to benefit myself” not because Japanese culture is something they’re immersed in and respect or were invited into
- That’s the biggest point, no one invited white people to take japanese culture and bastardize it in Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne music videos, they just fucking took it
- Just like white people decided to take indian headdresses and bindis and dreadlocks and everything else this current generation of white kids struggle with appropriating on a daily basis
I could go on, but I’m gonna leave it there or I’ll get too heated. You brought up a good point though: you can totally appreciate a cool/beautiful aspect of another peoples’ culture! No one wants to tell you to ignore how cute the Kawaii Culture of Japan is, or how interesting the history of geisha are, or to stop going to sushi restaurants, or not to watch anime or read manga! But we do not live in a Post-Racial society where taking those things and using them in however way you want to is ok. We do not live in a society where Asian people are in movies and on our Top 40 playlists equally as white people.
tl;dr, Therefore, white people should not and are not allowed to use Asian people and Asian culture for themselves in a society where dressing up in traditional/modern Japanese dress is more accepted than an actual Japanese person. THAT is cultural appropriation.
having “feelings” is ruining my reputation of being a heartless bitch
She was preaching
Amen. Moments when I can get with a white girl.