Gwen Stefani Doesn't Get What the Big Deal Is About All Her Cultural Appropriation
In a recent profile in Paper Magazine, Gwen Stefani decided to once again stick her foot in her mouth when talking about cultural appropriation by defending the Harajuku Girls , the group of Japanese backup dancers who accompanied Stefani at the beginning of her solo career. Of course, the Harajuku Girls were just one part of Stefani’s appropriation empire—she was also integral to popularizing the cringe-worthy trend of white women wearing bindis, and, of course, who could forget her Frida Kahlo cosplay in the “ Luxurious ” video??
“I want to like them, and I want to think they are great, but I am not sure if I can. I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don’t want to bum everyone out by pointing out the minstrel show.”AdvertisementIn the decade and a half since Cho’s comments
, Stefani hasfor her appropriation of all things Harajuku.And yet, in the year 2021, Stefani is still insistingthatfinefor her to use four silent Japanese women as a backdrop for her culturally appropriative bops and then further profit off of them with her Harajuku Lovers clothing and fragrance line.
“If we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures in, we wouldn’t have so much beauty, you know?” she says. “We learn from each other, we share from each other, we grow from each other. And all these rules are just dividing us more and more.”Advertisement headtopics.com
white people are the only ones who ever make money off all of this supposed“cultural”It might be a bit easier to believe this total and utter bullshit if Stefani hadn’t literally“Harajuku Girls” in order to make her clothing line—as if Harajuku isn’t a real neighborhood in Tokyo
where actual people live, and instead just a fictional playground made justfor her own needs.AdvertisementStefani decided to endher utterly inane and empty-headed comments about cultural appropriation the traditional way—with a vague sentiment about “the past” that says nothing at all.
“I think that we grew up in a time where we didn’t have so many rules. We didn’t have to follow a narrative that was being edited for us through social media, we just had so much more freedom.”Advertisement.....I’ll take “Ways To Reveal You’re A White Woman Without Saying You’re A White Woman” for $300,Read more: Jezebel »
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Gwen answers to no one Excellent. The concept of cultural appropriation being offensive needs to be cancelled. Viva la diferencia! Celebrate diversity! How many Japanese teen girls wear blue jeans - cowboy culture. It’s all beautiful! People whining about her are like warragontatkins this is obv biased but everything said is true and valid as hell and deffo worth the read
'those are the people I love. Those are my homies.' I, too, pay my 'friends' to walk behind me and only speak in a language I don't. Totally normal. I don't care Literally zero Japanese person thinks she’s appropriating. But Jezebel deciding for the Japanese they should be offended is totally not condescending.
'Hey, what's the big deal with stealing ip and concepts from the underprivileged, just so I can make more money and keep them downtrodden and unable to fully profit off their own culture?' Damn you have found the worst photo of her 😢🤢 Jezebel editorial meeting: Do we report on real problems experienced by Hindus of South Asia or an attractive blonde celebrity with a bindi?
Contractually obligated to speak only Japanese in public, jfc
Still happening now There's no such thing as 'cultural appropriation.' That's not surprising, honestly. This is a woman who went from appropriating Black culture and bindis to hiring 4 Asian women to pose as her human doll entourage.