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