One of the more popular stories of last month surrounded college student Cory Goldstein, who found himself attacked for the crime of “cultural appropriation.” A black student confronted him for wearing deadlocks as a white man, apparently unaware of the fact that dreadlocks have been worn for thousands of years.
The ancient Greeks wore dreadlocks, but I don’t think her outrage was generated by the alleged “appropriation” of Greek culture.
There’s still some debate over whether or not the incident was staged, but setting that aside, there really are liberals who see this as a pressing issue. The website “Everyday Feminism” has even published a guide on how to eat properly without being “culturally appropriative” of other culture’s foods. Bookmark that one for when you need a quick laugh.
It was only a matter of time before a public figure became the victim of a similar social justice warrior attack – and who thought Justin Bieber would be on the receiving side? (As if there isn’t anything else to attack him for).
Via The IndependentJustin Bieber has stirred controversy with his new dreadlocks, with fans calling him out for cultural appropriation. The 22-year-old singer appeared on stage at the IHeartRadio Awards with his new hair style and posted several photos of the dreadlocks on his Instagram.
Fans vented their frustrations, arguing that black hair styles are more than a fashion vogue, and cannot simply be culturally appropriated.
Bieber : u know about cultural appropriation ?
Stylist : say no more
— KING BEN SOLOMON (@KINGS0L0M0N) April 4, 2016
“People are annoyed cause when black people wear this style they are stereotyped as druggies and are “unkempt” look at Zendaya for example. She had fake dreads and she was stereotyped, But when people such as JB […] wears them its suddenly ‘the latest trend’,” wrote one Instagram user.
Meanwhile, I’ve compiled a list of issues in the world currently more important than that of “cultural appropriation”:
Literally anything else.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]