Just Another Stupid Example of Cultural Appropriation

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!

The Diversity Lottery

In the wake of the latest NYC terror attack we all learned about something we didnt know existed called the diversity lottery. Leaving off the general rule that the odds are always against most who actually play lotteries, it raises other questions about fundamental differences of opinion concerning the role of diversity in the greatness of America.

My thoughts here are simple: It seems to me that the America I️ was taught about as a child was an America that welcomed to its shores the “tired…poor…huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” (Emma Lazarus, New Colossus), but that those who took us up American Racial Policyon that offer came because they wanted to blend into the American family. Consequently, the uniqueness of their own heritage flavored America, yes. But they wanted to be Americans.

Somehow, those who have been shaping our immigration policies pre-Trump have assumed that we could manually create a diverse society and that the process needed our help—that somehow all we needed was the presence of people of different color and culture for America to be great. So, you get the diversity lottery. (Nowadays, it seems that the left requires that a certain percentage of immigrants be illegal or legal but want to kill us.)

From another angle, we see a strange thing happening in America—not new but newly aggravated. On one hand, we go to war over racism. We are willing to shed blood, either proverbially or for reallys, at even the perception of racism. But on the other hand, we are going to never-before-seen lengths to make sure that

  • We identify ourselves in racial terms.
  • We make sure that no one appropriates our cultural images and identities.
  • We are at pains to be sure that every skin pigmentation is noted and protected.

So, ironically, we find ourselves saying “Treat me the same as you do everyone else while making sure you take note of every real or perceived difference.”

Another interesting phenomenon is happening somewhere, and that is that average white people are morphing into white supremicists. Of course, there have always been those groups, but now people are writing articles explaining how their kids should not be friends with white people. I thought generalizing people based on their skin color was racism.

I suppose my question is How can we ever get past racism when all we ever do is draw attention to race? I don’t see how we can ever arrive at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of unity when we are constantly asserting our diversity.

Vanessa Hudgens Accused of Cultural Appropriation After Sharing Dreamcatcher Pic

I’m sorry, but the fact that Cultural Appropriation is a thing is another of the strange and ludicrous things happening in our culture today! It’s right up there with transgender bathrooms, same-sex marriage, and small land animals evolving into whales!

How many of the people who complain about this terrible offense are wearing crosses as earrings or necklaces, or have one tatooed on their body? How many of them wear clothing (a sports jersey, etc.) not because they are fans but because they like the look? Should I feel bad for wearing a Penn State Nittany Lions cap because I like the way it fits?

The bigger issue here, of course, is how fragile the people of Western Culture have become. We are so easily offended!

Source: Vanessa Hudgens Accused of Cultural Appropriation After Sharing Dreamcatcher Pic