Many Liberals Support Cultural Appropriation When It Suits Them: The Liberal Support of Sexist ‘Woman Face’
I’ve seen many liberals in the last few years complain about something they call “cultural appropriation.”
They get perturbed any time someone from one culture (or group) wears, eats, cooks, or uses anything from another culture (or group).
One of the dumber examples I’ve seen of this was an instance from a couple of years back where a Latina lady wrote an editorial where (Link): she slammed black pop singer Rihanna for using “chola” eye make-up and eyebrows – eyebrows which are plucked very thin.
Now, I found this to be a very strange complaint, because, first of all, who cares?, if Rihanna wants to wear thin eyebrows, that’s her choice – but, I do recall that American film actresses back in the 1920s to 1940s used to wear really thin eyebrows, such as Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich.
Even more bizarre, as I read along, the Latina who wrote the editorial admitted that Latinas were not among the first to pluck their eyebrows really thin. She acknowledged that models and actresses of the 1930s were known to pluck their eyebrows beyond belief. Yet, she went on to criticize Rihanna over this in the year 2017 or 2018.
I’ve seen liberal “people of color” ladies who are into ranting about Cultural Appropriation getting steamed at non-black ladies, especially white ones, for wearing corn rows or spit curls or baby curls.
(Side note here: early versions of Superman had him in a spit curl, and it apparently was a fashion among all sorts of people back in the 1920s and 30s, among white and black ladies. But I digress.)
Years ago, a white college or high school aged girl was criticized all up and down social media for wearing a dress with a mandarin collar. She was going to wear this dress to her prom, if I remember correctly, and she posted a photo of herself in said dress to her Instagram account or Facebook.
What makes this even more bewildering and funny is that when a journalist reached out and asked Asians living in Asian nations if they found this offensive, they said NO, they found it FLATTERING that an American of any skin color would like their traditional fashion styles enough to wear them!
As I learned as a kid, one of the unique and wonderful things about the United States is that our nation was known as a “melting pot,” where legal immigrants would bring with them the music, fashions, foods, make- up, dances, and hair styles, and other customs of their nations of origin – and other Americans were usually glad to adopt some of these styles or practices themselves.
Of course, it is (and should be) taboo for white Americans to wear “black face,” since that is a practice that started with white performers using black (or dark) make-up, to mock black people during their stage shows.
Further, we do have a history in this nation of black people once having been bought and sold and objects in slavery.
But as to the rest of it – such as, white people wearing spit curls, black women wearing thin eye brows, and all the rest of it – most criticisms of “cultural appropriation” have grown beyond ridiculous.
I’ve noticed that the Liberals who are obsessed with finding Cultural Appropriation behind every rock and tree, are not consistent about it.
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