Someone Accuses A Person Of Appropriating Japanese Culture, So They Respond With Some Passport Pics

“Cultural appropriation” has become a sort of a buzzword. The Oxford Dictionary, for example, only put the phrase into its official lexicon in 2017, defining it as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one person or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.” Some are concerned that marginalized groups don’t get a say, while their heritage is deployed by someone in a position of greater privilege – for fun, and, sometimes purely out of ignorance rather than an attempt to celebrate that culture. Others, however, argue that cultural appropriation brings out the worst in everyone. It hurts people, it makes them look ridiculous and triggers the excesses of identity politics.

Whatever your take on the subject is, I think you’ll appreciate this particular story. Recently, an anonymous internet troll accused Tumblr user kitsunes of stealing Japan’s culture. And in quite a rude way, too. However, the fella immediately got a response that completely shut them down.

One Tumblr user doesn’t hide their love for Japanese culture and clothing

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However, it triggered an anonymous hater

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Who soon experienced the biggest burn in the history of fire

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Image credits: higitsunes

Image credits: higitsunes

People on the internet tend to quickly mobilize behind vague, racialized notions of “Asian” or “black” culture and against equally vague, essentialist notions of white supremacy, and to claim cultural ownership or gatekeeping authority. But Hiromi Asai, for example, believes that Kimono is universal, wear that is beyond cultural and ethnic boundaries. The internationally acclaimed fashion designer has produced many kimono fashion shows at Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, so she probably knows what she’s talking about.

People had a lot to say about the situation

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