Cultural Appropriation

Fashion

the pope wears prada slippers: a history of fashion’s obsession with religion

Why do so many designers use religion in their collections when it so easily causes offense?
Felix Petty
5.8.18
screen

could the new wes anderson film be culturally insensitive?

An LA Times review has sparked a debate about the film online.
Douglas Greenwood
3.23.18
News

the problem with kim kardashian saying she “does not see color”

Kim’s response to critics of her Aaliyah Halloween costume has only caused more backlash.
André-Naquian Wheeler
11.6.17
News

kendall and kylie jenner superimpose their faces over tupac and biggie on new t-shirts

The sisters’ new Vintage T-shirts collection has proved controversial for the appropriation of iconic rap and rock imagery, it’s ‘vintage’ claim, and the $125 price tag.
Charlotte Gush
6.29.17
News

the united nations may finally make cultural appropriation illegal

Indigenous delegates from 189 countries are meeting in Geneva to make Navajo panties stop happening.
Hannah Ongley
6.17.17
Art

a lesson on cultural appropriation by art hoe founder gabrielle richardson

We talk to the founder of Art Hoe Collective about the blurred line between cultural appropriation and appreciation and why we need to give more visibility to queer artists of colour.
Tish Weinstock
7.22.16
Music

vic mensa schools justin timberlake on cultural appropriation

‘Our problem here is that Justin Timberlake himself, you know, is definitely benefiting from using black culture.’
Annie Armstrong
7.4.16
News

controversy as biracial zara worker told her braids are ‘unprofessional’

Following offensive comments in the media about Zendaya’s Oscars locks, the politics of black hairstyles hits the shop floor.
Tish Weinstock
4.11.16
Think Pieces

a lesson in jacking style: how to appreciate a culture without appropriating it

It is possible for the West to take inspiration from other cultures without causing offence. But it means learning that fabric is about more than fashion.
Zoya Patel
3.17.16
Film

​this depressing supercut reminds us how often white actors are cast as people of colour

An Unfortunate History of White Actors Playing Other Races makes for miserable viewing.
Ryan White
2.3.16
News

mini buns or bantu knots? a twisted history of cultural appropriation

The hairdo beloved by everyone from Rihanna to Mel B to Björk is stirring up controversy after appearing in Valentino’s new lookbook.
Alice Newell-Hanson
1.19.16
Culture

photographer ronan mckenzie explores today’s perceptions of the black body

21-year-old Ronan looks into contemporary society’s view of the black body relating sexuality, prejudices and power.
Felicity Kinsella
12.15.15
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