Unapologetic progressive. Fearless activist. Plucky liberal.

Well, it’s trendy in the sense that everyone is doing it, but it’s not cool. It’s not OK.

Everyone, as a matter of course, should read My culture is Not a Trend. Go on, click through the first few pages. I’ll wait.


It hasn’t been updated in more than a year because the person running it was so exhausted from trying to explain why that outfit is racist. That headdress is racist. That costume is racist.

Over. and over. and over again.

I can only imagine how it felt to see Gwen Stefani do this.

And Michelle Williams.

And Victoria’s Secret.

And Johnny Depp.

Apparently white people still need to hear this in 2013: Pretending to be part of a culture or race you don’t belong to, and that your culture has in fact oppressed and marginalized, is not OK.

It’s racist.


Rinse, repeat, read My Culture is Not a Trend until you get it. Then spread the word so everyone else gets it.


Comments on: "Cultural appropriation is not trendy" (2)

  1. Great to see you blogging again, Molly. This reminds me of George Carlin’s bit on the WONDERFUL comedy album, Class Clown:

    “We really gave the Indians a fast trip across the continent, you notice that? They were having a little cookout in Massachusetts- buncha boats came up, man…”Hey, ya mind moving over, guys? Bring in the stuff. Would you move it over, man. Bring in the stuff. Would you move it over, man. Bring in the stuff. Would you move it over, man. Over three mountain ranges…four mountain ranges. Got ’em onto an offshore island, Alcatraz, right? Off the continent completely! They had to take the island to get it! Then we kicked them off there.”

    • That’s sadly pretty accurate. It’s tragic that the people who were here first ended up being told they had the least right to be here. Thanks for the comment.

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