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Buzzfeed calls out Vanessa Hudgens’ Cochella headdress right before praising her for dressing like a “gypsy”. I am finding this to be the best kind of racist irony.







Johnny Depp in Rolling Stone — tells Native youth: “You’re still warriors, man”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/20/depp-native-youth-youre-still-warriors-man-150019

and you’re still a first class asshole

I’ve been fighting battles my whole life.  My cousins around the world have been fighting battles too, been fighting a hell of a lot harder than I have, and the beast we’re all fighting plays for fuckin’ keeps, man.

and you know…

…It wasn’t that long ago that I had ancestors hunting buffalo from horseback.  Ever been up close to one? I’ve seen them knock over tractors.

Thanks all the same for the patronizing bullshit, Johnny but,

One of my uncles worked as a consultant training militaries in Africa in the wake of their independence from Britain, after his discharge following the Battle of Kaepyong.

My grandfather lost half of his left hand in WWII fighting for a country that didn’t give a shit about him.

One of my mentors received a Nobel Peace Medal, an Eagle feather and official recognition for the roles he played in Cyprus and Bosnia.

I learned how to hunt, how to handle a rifle, a knife and a bow, when I was still in elementary school.

I don’t need some rich white actor from Hollywood telling me that I’m still a fucking warrior.  I’ve been surrounded by warriors my whole life.

I find that person’s response interesting because Johnny Depp has Cherokee heritage on both sides of his family…
Yes he appears white due to other parts of his heritage being dominant in his physical appearance, but that doesn’t mean his American Indian heritage is invalid…

he does not have Cherokee blood, he’s just another blood myth wannabe, why is it people that put actors on a pedestals will adamantly spew the same garbage, either saying he’s part Cherokee or Creek and have read some posters say he’s a part of my people the Cree or it could have been a typo, but either way, he’s not a part of the Cree or any of the other 2 and just because he was adopted by a Comanche family does not make him Native.

Holy shit am I sick of people defending this guy’s blood myth.

Frankly, even if he had proven blood, his disconnected fake-ass bullshit would still merit this reaction.

Here for apihtawikosisan’s and atimo-taguay’s commentary. 

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I often feel invisible. When I tell people that I grew up on an Aboriginal reserve, they look at me like I’m a mythical unicorn, even though more than a million people in Canada identify themselves as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. I probably wouldn’t have thought we existed either if I hadn’t grown up on the Six Nations reserve in Southwestern Ontario. Back then, I only saw people who vaguely looked like me on CBC’s North of 60. It was slim pickings as far as cultural references were concerned.

But today, instead of homages rooted in realism like the CBC offered in the ’90s, all I see in the mass market is a shiny commercial version of “Native Americans” rooted in stereotypes from westerns, Disney cartoons and sports mascots.

It’s disheartening that so few people are aware that headdresses, bonnets and totem poles are still spiritually relevant to vibrant Native cultures. To glamorize—or make light of—the misuse of dated and cartoonish images is to support a legacy of genocide and racism. The after-the-fact apologies aren’t enough. While groups like No Doubt may say they never meant to “offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history,” they did.

How can anyone assume that referencing “Indian” motifs without care or caution wouldn’t be hurtful, trivial or, indeed, racist? I was dumbstruck when I saw the spring/ summer issue of AnOther Magazine. The biannual fashion and culture publication photographed Michelle Williams wearing black braids, a sad expression and what could arguably be considered redface. (Imagine your reaction if she’d been wearing blackface and cornrows.) In response to an immediate backlash, the magazine echoed those other apologies, writing “While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialize or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture.”


Welcome to the new McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy. Yes seriously. Full story here

Y’all need to read it to believe it. And I’ll leave it at that.

My team doesn’t ask to try to wear a hijab. They are smarter and more respectful than that.

But, wearing a scarf while playing may give them COMPLETE INSIGHT into the lives of half a billion Muslim women. Right? RIGHT?!? *hijabdesk*.

My mates are also acutely aware that if they want to wear a head covering, they can get a scarf – yes, any random scarf – and put it on their head. No pixie dust, no blessing from an Ayatollah, no chanting or incense.

This is the part where I get to be thankful that my teammates don’t want to liberate me. They don’t insult and patronize me inquiring as to how my hijab “makes them feel”. It’s not exotic and interesting. It just is.

They don’t care about my hijab and what it represents to them. They are not that shallow.

Because NEWSFLASH: I am more, way more than my hijab.

They have realized that I am a person whose identity lies, not in a piece of cloth, but in the way I believe, speak, act and play.

This exercise reduces a Muslim woman to one yard of material. It is not an action that one can adequately educate and put another woman in their position. It’s completely disingenuous to think so.

Will having my teammates wear a hijab for a one hour match allow them to understand a lifetime of stares, barriers, “No, sorry you can’t play with that on” decisions, struggles and then my own strength and confidence to embrace it and keep going?

No. No, it won’t.

Just like wearing a hijab for one day will not provide a woman will contextual understanding of challenges and the realities that a woman in hijab may face: misogyny, cultural stresses, financial problems, prejudice, racism and even effects of war.

Does it realistically give people a glimpse of struggles faced by millions? Of a religion that is marred and scarred by stereotypes and assumptions, that is rife with misogynist practices? That has incredibly intrepid people working for the benefit of the world? That has kindness and millions of women who are Muslim who do not wear hijab?

Do we celebrate International Paghra Day with Sikhs? Or International Habit Day with Peruvian Nuns? International “Wear a Wig to Shul” Day with Orthodox Jews? Nope. Because that would be minimizing and politicizing their choice.

This dress-up activity is no more effective than having me wearing a firefighter outfit. I respect First Responders and love red. Does it give me full insight into their plight, intensity, committment, courage and years of training?

No. No, it doesn’t.

Shireen Ahmed, “World Hijab Day: Everyone’s Favorite Dress-Up Day,” Muslimah Media Watch 2/5/13


So apparently cultural appropriation only matters if it’s an American culture! Good to know!

Seriously, I see people getting up in arms over white girls in war bonnets - and that’s fine, that’s as it should be. I see people getting up in arms over people portraying Ratonhnhaké:ton with a warbonnet when he’s Mohawk, not Plains, and that’s fine and as it should be too.

But nobody cares that they put Aboriginal Australian trappings onto a European animal? Specifically a European animal that was introduced here, became feral, and destroyed a huge portion of the ecosystem Aboriginal Australians depended on to survive?

No one?

A comment left for the previous post rightly wondered who Taco Bell is really addressing with its campaign starring Chef Lorena Garcia. To be clear, MultiCultClassics did not think the fast feeder was wooing Latinos. Sorry for the clumsy writing. Probably should have typed something like: Latinos know better than to believe Taco Bell creates authentic Mexican food, but maybe White folks will be conned after seeing a Latina chef allegedly cook up new menu items. Then again, that line doesn’t really capture the essence of Taco Bell’s questionable marketing move. On the universal scale of authenticity for Mexican food, Taco Bell occupies the end alongside Fritos® and Doritos®—and fittingly, its most popular recent launches incorporated the snack chips. Perhaps Taco Bell is responding to competitors such as Chipotle and Qdoba, where the food is closer to being legitimate. Or maybe someone at Yum! Brands figured if Popeyes can be successful with Annie the Chicken Queen, Taco Bell will thrive with Chef Lorena Garcia. Regardless, the comments at YouTube show others are not buying the bullshit…




Saw this on the side of a delivery truck while walking Atticus this morning.  I just can’t.  Indigenous people are being displaced and killed in the Amazon rainforests and some company is just appropriating and fetishizing them for a quick buck?  White people, stop this shit.

The fuck? It’s not even vaguely striking or effective in a positive way, either. Advertising and humanity failure.

I can’t even…

ugh this is fucking disgusting





Saw this on the side of a delivery truck while walking Atticus this morning.  I just can’t.  Indigenous people are being displaced and killed in the Amazon rainforests and some company is just appropriating and fetishizing them for a quick buck?  White people, stop this shit.

The fuck? It’s not even vaguely striking or effective in a positive way, either. Advertising and humanity failure.

I can’t even…

ugh this is fucking disgusting

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End of Gender: Urban Outfitters Epic Fail

This week Urban Outfitters added yet another epic fail to the clothing company’s laundry list of misdeeds.

UO has been selling a greeting card that reads: “Jack and Jill, Went up the Hill, So Jack could see Jill’s fanny, But Jack got a shock, And an eyeful of cock, Because Jill was a closet tranny.”

Screen shot of Urban Outfitters' "charming" greeting card as displayed on the store's website. The card is written in old-fashioned script with swirls around the margins.

Angry Redditors called UO’s nursery rhyme “blatantly transphobic” with its use of the much-debated “t-word”and its objectification of trans bodies.  But that’s not the only reason why UO’s “charming” card is such a slap in the face. 

For years UO has been gobbling up gender-bending style and regurgitating queer fashion for the masses.

This Urban Outfitters ad features two figures in giant, androgynous cardigans. Their pained facial expressions suggest that they're so hip that it hurts.

In 2009 the New York Times identified androgyny as the “it” fashion trend of the coming decade.  Psychologist Dr. Diane Ehrensaft told the Times a new peer culture made gender-bending “not only acceptable, but cool.”

The cool-factor of androgyny has been amplified in recent years by icons like Lady Gaga, who performed in drag at last year’s VMA’s and played up media rumors that she is intersex in her “Telephone” music video (the pop star has since revealed that she’s not).  Androgynous models like Andrej Pejic have been walking the runway for Marc Jacobs, and the andro-hot heroine of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has inspired a clothing line at H&M.

UO stores are cropping up in suburban malls everywhere, selling hip, gender-neutral accessories like beanies, tees, hoodies, plastic-framed glasses, and skinny jeans.  Last year the comapny, which includes Anthropologie and Free People, opened 57 new stores, competing with preppy retailers like American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and the Gap. 

UO stands out with is self-proclaimed “funky” (queer?) threads.  I’m not suggesting that all “funky” and “androgynous” fashion is queer fashion, nor am I suggesting that all queer folks wear the same things.  But come on now, where do you think UO got the idea for this photo in their winter catalogue?

One person wearing an androgynous white shirt and jeans shaves another person's head (the second person also wears a white t-shirt and jeans).

In a culture that punishes princess boys and fears Chaz Bono, why is androgyny considered fashionable, even sexy?  And how did gender-neutral/gender-bending clothing go mainstream?  It’s no secret that what scares, sells.  So when the queers go bump in the night, the scaredy cats behind UO swipe our clothes and duck under the covers.

UO has no problem taking without giving back.  The company has been outed a number of times in the past few months, first for ripping of independent jewelry designers, then for selling culturally-appropriative “Navajo” clothing and accessories.  But sometimes, UO co-founder and CEO Richard Hayne is in the spirit of giving, so hedonates to anti-gay politicians like Rick “gay sex equals man-on-dog humping’” Santorum.

Hayne might think the gays are scary, but his customers are probably less likely to be spooked.  Now more Americans support gay marriage than ever before, and among the young, “funky” folks who buy their leggings and Bill Cosby sweaters at UO, I’d guess that the percentage is probably higher.

Since the gays aren’t so scary anymore, UO has resorted to a “tranny” jokes to get that extra “edge.” And it’s just not funny.

While the the young and hip prowl the streets in their androgynous attire, it might look like the “end of gender” is near. But as Coco Chanel reminds us, fashion fades. UO’s darling greeting card brings us back to harsh reality: When it comes to understanding and respecting the spectrum of identities beneath the clothes, we have a long, long way to go.

- Bitch Magazine

This is a really smart post.

I hate UO’s politics/actions and as much as it pains me to not shop there or at anthro - fuck them.

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She wins.

^^^Pretty much.


She wins.

^^^Pretty much.

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