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(originally published in Print May 2018) I want to first acknowledge that I know that this is a contentious debate. Normally, I can’t even say the words “cultural appropriation” without being shut down, accused of being a “social justice warrior perpetrating call-out culture”, whatever that’s supposed to mean. A calm, intellectual discussion about this “non-issue” […]
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Donning a perpetually immaculate quiff of blond hair, a pair of perfectly creased plus fours and always accompanied by his alcoholic fox terrier, Snowy, Tintin needs no introduction. The brainchild of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi under the pen name Hergé, Tintin has pinged around the world like a human pinball, foiling the dastardly plots of […]
Navigating cultural appropriation vs. appreciation
It is seemingly very easy to pooh-pooh accusations of cultural appropriation – especially in extreme cases – as overly-sensitive millennial outrage. Yet, it is a problem that clearly runs much deeper than the fashion statements or musical choices of the rich and famous. Each claim of appropriation is a reflection of hundreds of years of […]