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Cultural
Appropriation

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Introduction

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Introduction

What is Cultural Appropriation?

Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation

Culture refers to anything associated with a group of people based on their ethnicity, religion, geography, or social environment.

Cultural Appropriation

Culture refers to anything associated with a group of people based on their ethnicity, religion, geography, or social environment.

Appropriation refers to taking something that doesn't belong to you and most often reffering to an exchange in which one culture takes elements from the other

Cultural Appropriation

What is Blackfishing?

What is Blackfishing?

"..the act of white people using cosmetic substances, image editing or even surgery in order to look black"

An example of a company blackfishing [...]

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White People wearing
Dreadlocks or Cornrows

Campus employee assaults white student for
"cultural appropriation"

Why was hair so important?

Appropriation vs. Appreciation

Appropriation Appreciation
Adoption and use of cultural elements by people of a different culture regardless of knowledge about it The study of culture out of interest and fascination, with the permission from people with that culture; usage only in accordance to its role
  • Buying jewelry from an African shop just because it looks pretty
  • Stream an African ritual for clicks and likes

  • Making a lucky charm together with African friends, asking them for details
  • Dress like an African since you want to visit your African friends at an African holiday

The Ariana Grande
Scandal

Question!

What could be problematic
about this video?

Controversy

Point 1

Modern Blackface

Ariana has been looking darker and darker in her music videos
ariana grande is white?? i thought she was latina what the fuck KSHSKWH
The tanning she does it is starting to get... problematic.

~ Twitter

When she’s on the cover of Vogue, she’s pale, blonde and has freckles

This is appropriation

Point 2

The Black Accent

She’s adopted a “blaccent” to go with her new skin colour
Why is she trying to sound like Beyoncé?

Contextualization

Point 1

Modern Blackface

Another Point of View

Point 2

The Black Accent

Another Point of View

Discussion

Do you think that Ariana Grande was appropriating African-American culture?

Conclusion

My Opinion

Sources