So yesterday evening I enjoyed a rather big platter of sushi made at our local Chinese takeaways. Which is kind of ironic if you think about it buying a traditional Japanese dish from a Chinese takeaway, in the Southern tip of Africa enjoyed by a Afrikaans speaking white dude. And guess what is the very first article that pops up in my news feed this morning? You guessed it eating sushi is cultural appropriation. I chocked on my morning coffee and had to do a double take just to make sure I was reading the headline correctly. And just for the record this is grown ass students who are complaining about being served sushi on a daily basis, food that is pretty much a luxury for most. Hell I was happy with whatever packed lunch I could afford as a broke ass student, and they have the audacity to complain? Seriously what is the world coming too?
And for the record, this cultural appropriation bullshit really rubs me up the wrong fucken way. And this from American students no less, it comes across as extremely ironic that the entire American culture is quite literally built on the back of cultural appropriation and merging. Don’t get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, I just find it rather ironic that the concept of cultural appropriation is quite literally self-defeating in this instance. I remember the good old days when cultural appropriation was called being a cultural melting pot, and that it was considered a good thing. All foods we eat are appropriated from another culture. Fried chicken from the Irish. Pizza from the Italians. Sausage from the Germans. Tacos from Mexico, the list goes on and on.
I don’t know if these people got the memo yet, but when various cultures interact with each other they exchange ideas, food, music ect and that is a good thing. Culture is a living breathing thing, it is always changing never staying static. Culture isn’t something you put in a glass box in a museum unless that culture is dead. It is impossible to prevent the interaction between different cultures and ideas unless you keep them separated. So we should keep our cultures and such totally separate? No mixing of culture? Sounds a lot like racial segregation to me, something we have been fighting to abolish this entire time, so in affect we have come full circle again. And this is a prime example of the broken logic the Social Justice Warriors like to use.
[Editorial Note:] tl;dr: Everything is sexist and racist. Your opinion is on other culture’s food and dress is either xenophobic or appropriation. If you enjoy another culture, then you are fetishizing them. If you don’t, then you are a racist….