It is almost hard to believe that this kind of thing is happening in America. Not just happening, but defining who we are.
First let me say I don’t give a hoot about the Grammy’s, famous people, pop culture, autographs, of famous people or people who have won Grammy’s, etc. I don’t give even a fraction of a hoot. Don’t get me wrong: I have a warehouse full of high-quality hoots to give, but not to the things previous listed. HOWEVER, this stuff is too ludicrous not to mention.
J. Lo’s Motown Mess
Apparently, at last nights Grammy’s, Jennifer Lopez performed a medley of Motown hits. It’s Motown’s 60th anniversary, so Lopez and the Grammy’s pay tribute. Well, that got Twitter ablaze with criticism for J. Lo.
Now the writer of the InStyle.com piece summed it up this way,
The medley, which saw J. Lo shimmying and quick-changing to classics like “Dancing in the Street,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Do You Love Me,” and “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” received criticism on Twitter on a very simple basis: she’s not a Motown singer.
That is simply not true. The reason for the criticism? J. Lo is not black.
You can find more Tweets like these here.
What is my point, you ask?
My point is to draw attention to the sheer idiocy of cultural appropriation. Think about what is being said here. Because J. Lo is not black, she shouldn’t perform songs made famous by black artists. Did anyone stop to think that the highest form of praise is imitation? In this case, J. Lo (certainly a star) pays tribute to Motown and its artists. What do people think “paying tribute means”? You don’t pay tribute to yourself, others who have appreciated you pay tribute to you for what you have done.
- Do we really want only black artists to sing songs made famous by other black artists?
- Do we really want to monitor whether young ladies are wearing Japanese kimonos to prom?
- Is it ok if I cook Mexican if I am not Mexican?
- Do we really want to segregate everything like that?
I’m telling you, future generations are going to examine Americans during this era and they are going to write volumes about how stupid we are!