Wednesday, August 28, 2013

an observation about cultural appropriation and genetic determinism

In the comments at On Miley Cyrus, Ratchet Culture and Accessorizing With Black People, Specular said:
You can't have this one both ways: either pop music created by non-dominant cultures is open to enjoyment and emulation by people outside that culture, or it is off limits to anyone not from that background and we therefor can't complain about limited sales and/or industry recognition. It's like when the folks over at Queerty complain that hipsters "stole" camp from gay people. It's not "progressive" in any sense, it's straight up genetic determinism and IMO not something to be proud of.