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College Students: Doing Tequila Shots on Cinco de Mayo Is Cultural Appropriation

President Obama disagrees.

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The editorial board of The California Aggie—the University of California-Davis's student newspaper—has a message for people who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by donning sombreros and doing tequila shots: don't. It's cultural appropriation. 

"A sombrero is not a fashion accessory and neither is a culture," wrote the students. "There are other days of the year to get blackout drunk. Cinco de Mayo is not one of them." 

Meanwhile, President Obama held a Cinco de Mayo-themed press conference today. He wished everyone a happy "fiesta" and bragged that his current chef knew the best taco and margarita recipes. 

Indeed, when it comes to Cinco de Mayo, it's something of a challenge trying to distinguish insensitive appropriation of Latino culture from respectful celebration. Even the ReclaimCinco hashtag, which purports to encourage racially sensitive revelry, betrays some contradictions on the subject. Are sombreros okay, as long as they aren't party-store sombreros? If you are aware that Mexico defeated the French army on May 5, 1862, are you allowed to drink? Are Cinco de Mayo theme parties okay? What if the party has no official theme but people bring tequila? What if it is themed but includes an authentic mariachi band? What if Chipotle caters? 

It's certainly true that some people betray racism and insensitivity toward Mexican people. (The likely GOP presidential nominee is a great example, although it's his immigration policies that give offense, not his afternoon taco bowl.) But appropriating items from other cultures should not be viewed as automatically offensive, if it is done respectfully and without malice. 

"I think you've all earned a few margaritas," said President Obama at his Thursday afternoon press conference. When the president of the United States is more down to party than the typical college student, campus political correctness as it relates to cultural appropriation has truly gone too far. 

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  1. ?Ay, caramba!

    Wait, did I just, you know…

    1. I’ll take the one on the right, or the left…or both? Is that appropriation?

      1. I’d “appropriate” the one on the left.

        /someone had to say it

    2. …appropriate Yellow/Groenoid culture? yes.

  2. Long ago, back in the day, when I was in college, I was both a host and waiter at El Torito’s. When I hosted, I wore a sombrero.

    If I was engaging in cultural appropriation mid 80s style and damn proud of it!

    1. In other words, you were stealing culture before it was ‘cool’ ?

  3. “STFU!”

  4. *Puts on sombrero, slams down giant shot of tequila* Piss.The.Fuck.Off.

    1. ^This is the appropriate answer to every question in the article.

      Also Soave, I smell a good bit of PC in your writing as well.

    2. Also accepted;

      [Archer] Eat a dick [/Archer]

      1. [points at sombrero]

        Do you want SJWs? Because that’s how you get SJWs!!!

        1. [Knows how to handle SJW’s]

          Are you talking to me? I don’t see anyone else here so you must be talking to me. Say hello to my little friend.

          [/deliberate triggering action]

  5. We don’t need no stinking permission to cultural appropriate Cinco Do Mayo!!!!!!

      1. I agree 100%.

  6. “A sombrero is not a fashion accessory and neither is a culture,” wrote the students. “There are other days of the year to get blackout drunk. Cinco de Mayo is not one of them.”

    Who are you to tell me to defy authority?

    1. A sombrero is not a fashion accessory

      Yes, it is. Even when worn by a Mexican peasant who has never used indoor plumbing.

      1. So If I get so wasted tonight that I have to piss in an alley, I am appropriating peasant culture?

        1. of course, you privileged shitlord. Use indoor plumbing like you ancestors intended.

          1. If only you too had studied design at UC Davis, then maybe you’d know better

      2. Yeah, considering that sombrero literally just means “hat”, I think we can definitively say it is a fashion accessory.

    2. And the same fools saying this make certain they wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.

      1. No way. St. Patrick’s Day is waaay to problematic. Ugh, white people.

      2. I make certain to wear *orange* on St. Patrick’s Day.

    3. A sombrero is a hat. Anyone can wear a hat.

      1. Not me. I have no head. It falls off my shoulders.

  7. Fuckin’ putas.

    1. +1 Pendejo

  8. No one has left a comment there yet, I gots ideas. Time for some lulz.

    1. Mexican word of the day, eh?

      1. My name Juanito. I no speeks de Ingles much. I lookin for some tacos and maybe a burrito, taco taco taco.

        1. My name is Hennifer Lopez. I like tacos and burritos…

          1. We’re on to you Mitch.

          2. Do you ride your tiny bicicleta to school?

  9. Do NOT appropriate other cultures – respectfully pander to them instead.

  10. Indeed, when it comes to Cinco de Mayo, it’s something of a challenge trying to distinguish insensitive appropriation of Latino culture from respectful celebration.

    Actually, its not. Cinco de Mayo is pretty much an American thing. Not that big a deal south of the border.

    And, even posing this question is to buy into the bullshit that is “Cultural Appropriation”.

    1. It’s Robby. He’s got his narrative and nothing can destroy it.

      1. I think it just he is constitutionally unable to just state plainly that SJW pieties are full of crap.

        1. Cocktail party invites…

        2. He is able and willing…depending on where he is publishing.

        3. Remember that Robby was marinated in political correctness from preschool through college and gets another basting of it every time he watches television or reads a newspaper. A fish doesn’t know that water is wet and a guy of his age and experience doesn’t know that there’s a non-PC world.

        4. SJWs are full of crap and usually packing crap. Just look at David Gerrold…

      2. Who would want to cover that hair with a large hat?

    2. Mexicans celebrate September 16th – Independence Day – and November 20th – Revolution Day.

      1. It’s a holiday in Puebla and Veracruz.

  11. appropriating items from other cultures should not be viewed as automatically offensive, if it is done respectfully and without malice.

    I’m pleasantly surprised to see Robby endorsing minstrelsy.

    1. And, again:

      appropriating items from other cultures should not be viewed as automatically offensive, if it is done respectfully and without malice.

      Appropriating items from other cultures should not be viewed as offensive, period. If offense is to be taken, it should be taken based on a much fuller context.

      Blackface at an Al Jolson film festival? Not offensive.

      Blackface at a Klan rally? Offensive.

      Robby, Robby, Robby. Stop taking anything these clowns say at all seriously. Any merit whatsoever in the rantings of SJWs is there purely by accident. Don’t accept their premises, which are foul, self-serving, and, to coin a term, problematic as fuck.

      1. Reason wants daily content, Robby gives them daily content. Quality-controlled content is for the magazine.

        1. They were out of Trump articles for the day.

          1. When there’s no Trump to trumpet about, Trump references must be fabricated in unrelated topics. Ron Bailey’s good at this.

      2. “If offense is to be taken, it should be taken based on a much fuller context.”

        Isn’t that the point he was making? That there’s a difference between people dressing up as negative Mexican stereotypes to make fun of them versus wearing a sombrero and taking a shot of tequila on cinco de mayo?

        1. I guess my point was, “offense” has nothing to do with “cultural appropriation”, which is made-up horseshit.

    2. isn’t “appropriating” pretty much going to happen by definition in a multi-culti society?

      1. They want a neat, tidy, clearly-delineated smorgasbord, not a melting pot.

        1. Separate but equal!

    3. I’m pretty sure if it’s catered by Chipotle, it meets the “malicious intent” standard.

  12. So no one that is not of Irish descent should drink Guinness or eat corn beef and cabbage or wear a green bowler hat on March 17th.

    1. Or any other day, apparently.

    2. No one should eat corn beef or cabbage.

      1. Them’s fightin words!

  13. College Students: Doing Tequila Shots on Cinco de Mayo Is Cultural Appropriation

    Those college students are all numskulls. We Mexicans don’t celebrate May the 5th, for starters.

    And give my most sincere “?Vayan a chingar a su madre, pinches huevones!” to them from my heart.

    [Translation: “Go fuck your mother, you lousy slackers!”]

    1. How did these mental midgets get into college in the first place? I thought they had standards.

  14. it’s like these people practice stupid. A group on one campus must see the moronic behavior of a group on some other campus and say “we have to top that.”

  15. Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?

    /fz

    1. +1 pygmy pony

      1. Moving to Montana, soon, would solve everything.

  16. Do they even celebrate Cinco de Mayo south of the border? Quite frankly, I think any mention of it by Mexicans is cultural appropriation.

  17. um…so….let me get this straight.

    so Mexicans can immigrate in quite large numbers into the USA, many illegally, and ‘appropriate’ the benefits our country offers.
    But we can’t drink Tequila and wear a sombrero on 5/5.

    Can we drink Tequila on 5/5 in the areas of the country that LaRaza claims is historically the property of ‘the race’?
    If my great great great grandmother banged a Mexican and its possible I have a fractional amount of Mexican genes, can I drink tequila then? How much heritage is required to wear a sombrero?

  18. The thing about these little cunts is that they don’t realize that almost no one even knows about their stupidity. I went to a Cinco de Mayo party with my wife and some of her central American friends a couple years ago, right here in the PRM and lots of people, both latin and non-latin were wearing sombreros and drinking tequila. No one shit their pants over it as far as I know, everyone seemed to be having fun. Why do these wacktards get so much fucking attention? They need to be laughed off the planet and ridiculed mercillessly, now and forever.

    1. No one shit their pants over it as far as I know, everyone seemed to be having fun.

      Tut tut, Hyp. That’s very problematic.

  19. In America, Black people have always been welcomed to sit in the front of the bus, as long as they can pass for white. And, not that they have to be light skinned or have straight hair. They can look like Bernie Mack. But white people in America wants the knee-grow and all other minorities to act and behave white. That is, no speaking e-bonics. No speaking Spanish in public places. Dressing up like white people, etc. etc. etc.

    It’s called assimilation. And I’ve always had the impression that the blacks/latinos that assimilate white were welcome practically anywhere (except some places in the South).

    So, when we become uncle toms, are we going to be accused of Cultural Appropriation?

    1. You’ve never even met a black person before, have you Alice?

      1. My Mother is of Dominican Black woman. I’m a mulato. Of course I’ve met black people.

        But luckily for me, I look white. And it’s been a great advantage all my life. I’ve heard all the nice jokes and nice things white people have to say about black people. Here’s a good one: “how do you keep niggers from coming into your back yard? Simple, you hang one in the front yard.”

        DO you think I’d ever hear that joke if I looked black?

        About 17 years ago a purchased a coop in Fort NJ. And, my last name appears to be an Italian name. During my board interview, the board president said to me: “Mr. —, that’s a nice Italian name” I responded by saying “Born and raised in Brooklyn”. Do you honestly think I would had been admitted to this coop if I’d told them that I’m Dominican from the Bronx?

        So yea, luckily for me, I’m one of those that can ‘pass for white’.

        1. You just made all of that up. But it was fairly coherent considering the source, so I’ll give you a C+.

          1. lol. I’ll take that as a compliment.

            Naturally, I don’t expect you to believe a trolling stranger on the internet. But all of it is true.

            1. I was just fucking with you.

            2. I believe you. You’re about as incoherent and full of yourself as every Dominican I’ve ever met.

              1. Maybe she’s just appropriating their culture

                1. *He

                  **Xe

              2. You’re about as incoherent and full of yourself as every Dominican I’ve ever met.

                Well, now we know invisible finger is Puerto Rican. (or Haitian, I guess.)

                1. So you know about the old PR/DR Conflict.

                  I hope all is well with your kid.

                  1. So you know about the old PR/DR Conflict.

                    As a partisan in the Jamaican/Trini Wars, how could I not?

                    I hope all is well with your kid.

                    She’s doing well, thank you.

                2. I never did get it, but way back when I was a teen, during the cretaceous period, I had a friend from Dominican Republic and my cousin would call him Porto. The guy would get fucking furious over it and sometimes I thought it was going to blows. He would always say ‘I’m not fucking Puerto Rican!’

        2. most of my cousins are mulato. the worst racists jokes I’ve ever heard or told were in the company of family… and completely just to talk shit. they may not be classy, or in good taste, but they are just jokes.

        3. Ok so you’re bigoted against white people because of a bunch of anecdotal experiences. Your conspiracy theory does seem vaguely relevant to the article but I don’t quite see the point you’re trying to make.

          1. People like you would consider the common “Nigger Lynching” as a mere “anecdotal experience”

            1. not anecdotal experience, but rather historical experience.

              meaning it doesn’t happen anymore. and the jokes about it are about three orders of magnitude lower than the number of jokes made about ‘knocking out’ white people.
              which, by the way, happens quite frequently these days.

              True white racists are few and far between in contrast to the numerous imaginary white racists that are created to further the racialists agenda of directing anger in the minority communities away from the financial raping and debt servitude that progressives have wrought upon them.

        4. In 1999? You–a self professed ‘mulatto’ managed to buy a co-op? In that hotbed of segregation!?!!

          Yes, we all know that in Jersey, the state sport is killin’ the blacks.

          And, Alice, black people tell the best nigger jokes–just like Polish people tell the best polack jokes and Italians Jews, Micks, Spics, and what not all have a better line on the ethnic jokes of their own ethnicity than anyone else.

    2. I’m just fine with Sofia Vergara speaking Spanish, or any other language in public.

  20. These students are on a mission to stop cultural appropriation of Mexicans. They insist you convert to their way of thinking.

  21. As a person of German descent, I had better not see a Latino eating a hamburger.

    1. What if they eat some sausage and sauerkraut and drink a giant mug of lager?

      1. As long as they don’t put a worm in the mug, that’s fine.

    2. I’m Welsh and I better not see any of those damn messicans owing a goat!

      1. Owning a goat. If they owe a goat, that would be weird.

        1. Not weird for Puerto Ricans though.

          1. Or anywhere south of the border. They told me when I bought my wife that I had to pay in American DVDs and chickens.

            1. But, did you get a receipt?

        2. The convention is that a prostitute is ALWAYS paid before services are rendered.

      2. Or drinking grape juice!

    3. I was gonna say…

      If I catch any of these motherfuckers eating pasta and pizza while drinking grappa, I’m gonna soooo be angry.

      1. I was going to ask if they were eating pizzas when they were writing their editorial.

        As a Sicilian ? American, let me say that I would be more than happy to allow them to appropriate thick crust pizza in exchange for a suitable sizable royalty payment to offset my feeling of oppression.

        1. U’Sicilian’, eh?

          Io sono Calabrese.

          Pizza belongs to the world now my fratello. We have to let it go.

          /releases dove.

      2. Or drinking Scoth. Or Guinness.

    4. Why stop at hamburgers? I would add Heinz ketchup. Heck, all Heinz products!

      Won’t make John Kerry happy but hey.

    5. Considering they already borrowed your accordions and your Bohemia, I think you’re fighting a rearguard action on that one…

  22. I’m an over weight, white, cigar-smoking, martini-drinking male. DON’T YOU DARE appropriate my culture by wearing collared shirts or hiring a CPA to do your taxes.

    1. Don’t worry about the Messicans. They only wear a poncho with their sombreros. It keeps the taco juice off their belly. That stuff can burn you!

  23. As an American my culture is cultural appropriation. It would be denying my heritage to prevent me from taking any part of any culture and using it for my own benefit. I will not be marginalized.!

  24. OK, lets wait til September 13 th to put on shakos and drink to the cultural expropriation of the Fortress of Chapultepec

  25. Nice alt text, Robby!

  26. I would add, that smoking cigarettes is the appropriation of native american culture.

  27. Do Greeks think it’s cultural appropriation when non-Greeks have anal sex?

    1. I’m sure anal sex has been practiced since nigh the beginning of humanity. (As in, before.)

      *downs 1.5 L of Ouzo*

      1. Any tips to encourage a mate to appropriate that culture?

    2. And what about when women not from the Isle of Lesbos go down on each other, or scissor?

  28. And unless you are a Brahmin caste Indian lounging around in the afternoon, you’d better not be wearing any pajamas!

  29. Mexicans don’t even give a shit about this.

    1. But if nobody were to get offended on behalf of all Mexicans, then nobody would be offended. And that’s a problem.

  30. Fucking idiots. Sombrero’s aren’t the problem. CORONA is the problem.

    1. Hate to hear what you think of Negra Modelo.

      1. It has alcohol, unlike Corona.

        1. and flavor

  31. Aye aye aye aye I am the Tequilo Bandito, I love tequila, I love it I do, I love putas and tacos too!

  32. I was just rejected from Davis. I know my place.

    *downs 750 mL of tequila*

  33. This sad, joyless, pathetic little morons.

    1. These.

      1. I thought you were appropriating a Mexican accent.

        1. I do do a great Slow Poke Rodriquez impression though.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYi_hq2p1Ac

  34. Don’t these little idiots have classes to go to, or tests to study for, or something?

  35. I wonder how many special snowflakes drank green beer in March?

  36. I’m wearing my traditional CInco de Drinko outfit today:

    French blue shirt, with a tie in the tri-color of France as well.

  37. What if Chipotle caters?

    Then you better stock up on lots of Chipotlaway.

    “I think you’ve all earned a few margaritas,” said President Obama

    “For a job well done in sucking my cock at every opportunity no matter how much of a fuck-up I am.”

    1. Everyone gets food poisoning?

  38. . . . it’s something of a challenge trying to distinguish insensitive appropriation of Latino culture from respectful celebration ,/blockquote

    No its not.

    There is no such fucking thing as ‘insensitive appropriation’ of ‘Latino culture’.

    1. There is no such thing as ‘Latino culture’. Who somebody who otherwise seems kinda bright can’t understand *that* is beyond me. Saying ‘Latino culture’ is like saying ‘European Culture’, ‘White Culture’, ‘American Culture’.

    2. Sombreros and tequila are sure as fuck not *latino*. They’re *Mexican*. UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE? Fuck, they’re not even Mexican because there’s such thing as a ‘Mexican’ as much as there is such a thing as an ‘American’ – ie not at all.

    3. There is no such thing as cultural appropriation in the first place. There is, however, such a thing as ‘fuck you, do what I tell you to do because it gives me a raging power-boner to force others to submit to my whim’ – and that’s what this is. Its people trying to fuck over other people because they enjoy doing so – in this case its people trying to keep other people poorer using someone who had vaguely the same skin color as they did had a good idea a couple of centuries ago as justification. And you’re buying into this shit.

    1. Wait so Mexicans are just a myth?

      1. It’s an exaggeration to say there is no such thing as a Mexican, but Mexicans technically speaking would be pre-Columbian occupants of the Valley of Mexico. Very, very few of the people we call “Mexican” are actually Mexican, and there probably aren’t any 100% Mexicans around anymore.

        But ask the average Mexican about their ethnicity and, at least in my experience, you’ll get an answer like “I’m a quarter German, a quarter Spanish, a quarter Italian, and a quarter Croatian.”

        At which point the average gringo says “TMI. You’re a Mexican to me.”

        1. I was told that Mexican came from the Spanish word for mixed “mestizo” and referred to the population being an ethnic mixture of natives, and Spaniards, during colonial times.

          1. Regardless it seems ridiculously pedantic. It’s the equivalent as saying “German” only refers to the Germanii tribe from Roman times, and not natives from the entire region.

          2. I was told that Mexican came from the Spanish word for mixed “mestizo” and referred to the population being an ethnic mixture of natives, and Spaniards, during colonial times.

            No – “Mexico” is an Aztec word meaning “place of the Aztecs,” and (at least according to one theory) was easier for Spaniards to pronounce than Tenochtitlan.

            But per your follow-up comment, it is a fairly pedantic distinction.

        2. I thought Mexican was the word for citizens of Mexico, American was the word for citizens of America, etc.

          1. And when you say ‘American’, what cultural traits do you imagine this person has?

            Because They people living in New England live differently from the people living in the South who live differently from the people who live in the Southwest who live differently from the people who live in Puerto Rico who live differently from the people in Guam who live differently from the people in the Mid-West.

            There’s no such thing as an American – its like saying ‘I’m European’. Its a barely useful geographic indicator and says nothing useful about you.

            1. The Syrian Orthodox church down the street is having another food sale. Is it appropriation if I buy a cookbook and make my own hummus?

      2. A carefully constructed fiction.

  39. But it’s an American celebration. The entire thing was invented by Corona to sell more beer. The majority of Mexico doesn’t even celebrate it.

    1. Bleh.. Can’t we just make it St.Patricks Day 2 so we can drink Guinness instead?

      1. Why would you want to do that?

    2. “But it’s an American celebration. The entire thing was invented by Corona to sell more beer.”

      Close – it was invented to get American Mexicans involved in the Civil War.

      1. Should have said “promoted”.

  40. how about this for SJW meltdown. from what i saw when there….. cinco de mayo is a bigger drinking day than st Patrick’s day is in Ireland…. (cause one is a religious holiday, and one is a made up excuse to drink)

  41. I can’t help but think that the whole cultural offense nursing on campus is going to get real old, real fast.

    How many times can you whine about Cinco De Mayo, year after year, until you’re complete boringness as a person is the only new reveal?

    1. And how many years can a bunch of sanctimonious white people with no Mexicans among them complain about Cinco de Mayo before people just start throwing shit at them?

  42. “There are other days of the year to get blackout drunk.”

    Somehow I doubt the college administrators agree with that.

    1. “There are other days of the year to get blackout drunk.”

      Sure. But why should I take this day off?

  43. The thing that always confuses me is that it never seems to occur to these SJWs that there are mixed-race people. If they took even a moment to consider that, shouldn’t they immediately realize the non-sense they are peddling and how racist it is?

    My nephew, for example, is half Korean and a quarter Scandinavian, with the rest being a mix of English, Irish and Spanish.

    What counts as “his” culture? And how is he supposed to extricate those uniquely Korean aspects of his background from Japanese and Chinese influences on Korea? Does he get in touch with his Korean background by learning Korean writing? Or does he not learn Korean writing because it’s actually Japanese writing?

    These people take their ignorance of other cultures and bludgeon others while patting themselves on the back for being so culturally aware. Unbelievable.

    1. Whats dumb about SJWs is that they seem to believe that ethnicity equals culture. A black guy who grows up in America has an American culture, a white guy born in Japan has Japanese culture. Culture isn’t carried on people’s DNA.

      Having German ancestry doesn’t give me magical beer making, Poland invading, BDSM porn producing, Oktoberfest celebrating super ethnic powers. Why because I’m American.

      This cultural appropriation nonsense is producing a type of segregation that even old school southerners would have found extreme and ridiculous.

      The only historical group I can think of that so rigidly wanted to prevent “Culture appropriation” were the Nazis in order to protect they’re so-called Aryan culture from any evil Semitic or African influences. The SJW ideology and the Nazi ideology are so similar it’s shocking.

      1. The only historical group I can think of that so rigidly wanted to prevent “Culture appropriation” were the Nazis in order to protect they’re so-called Aryan culture from any evil Semitic or African influences. The SJW ideology and the Nazi ideology are so similar it’s shocking.

        ^ This.

      2. Having German ancestry doesn’t give me magical beer making, Poland invading, BDSM porn producing, Oktoberfest celebrating super ethnic powers.

        I’m sorry to hear that, Bard.

        1. he said non-magical powers, not unimpressive.

  44. News flash: it’s what happens when cultures mix…they appropriate each other’s shit. It’s kinda why America is great. So when I see a Latino wearing Levi’s I should be offended? Or maybe black people should hate me because I play blues guitar? Fucking SJW PC imbeciles.

    1. It wasn’t even appropriated. It was started by American Latinos in California. It’s more American than apple pie since apples are from Central Asia.

      1. As American as the fortune cookie.

        1. As American as General Tso’s Chicken.

    1. How do you like the Samsung Android tablet?

  45. “There are other days of the year to get blackout drunk. Cinco de Mayo is not one of them.”

    Of course not, the Mexicans stole drunkenness from the Irish and Russians!

  46. “A sombrero is not a fashion accessory”

    Every goddamn hat is a goddamn fashion accessory.

    Even ones that are either linked to specific cultures or are also protective gear or of practical utilit.

    1. Next you’re gonna claim dreadlocks only belong to black history.

  47. This is very racist and akin to non-Italians eating pizza or have a cappuccino – every listening to Frank Sinatra is a no no for non Italians.

    1. They can’t drive Maserati, wear Armani and Magli, eat gelato, ride a Ducati, Vespa or Pinarello, or ride the waves on an Azimut or Gondola, or listen to Caruso, read Beccaria or Dante, or fly in a Macchi or fire a Benelli or have risotto, or listen to the opera or Italian classical music…etc., etc.

  48. Does anybody else, upon hearing these ridiculous proclamations about appropriate behavior by sanctimonious asshats, feel like reporting should just use the same template as stories about some imam in buttfuckistan issuing a fatwa on some utterly petty issue? Like, pull up the “Qatari cleric issues fatwa on deep dish pizza” story and just replace the appropriate nouns.

    1. Or treat it with the disdain and dismissive quality they apply to proclamations from e.g. Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson.

  49. It’s not Cultural Appropriation, it’s Cultural Socialism: “Customs and practices from each culture according to their abilities, and to each culture according to their needs.”

    Why are college students being so oppressive and reactionary, here?

    1. Nobody needs N kinds of spirits and hats and culture.

      1. Victory Gin and Fezes (Fezii?) for all!

  50. “I hate Mexicans” – a personal opinion. Maybe racist. Maybe not.

    “All Mexicans are criminals” – a wrong-headed and possibly racist stereotype.

    “We should build a wall to keep out the illegal immigrants” – a policy position on immigration enforcement. Possibly rooted in racism, but really not having anything directly to do with race. Not even directly an immigration policy position.

    “We should keep out all Muslims” – an actual immigration policy position rooted in a generalized fear that Muslims pose a special threat. Definitely stereotyping and possibly a form of racism/culture-ism.

    Having a shot of tequila or dressing up in a sombrero for a Mexican themed party – not racist. Not cultural appropriation.

    Taking European instruments and musical structures and applying African scales and rhythms to invent a new musical form – Awesome. And not cultural appropriation.

    In fact, whoever invented the phrase “cultural appropriation” should probably be taken out back and smacked with a fish. (British humor meme used by an American. Not cultural appropriation)

    There. I hope that clears it up for our confused youth.

    1. Thanks, good summary.

      Today Trump is being called racist for tweeting a picture of himself eating a taco on Cinco de Mayo and saying he loves Hispanics. Not sure how that is demeaning, insensitive or racist. He did say to try the tacos at the Trump Tower Grill, so self-promoting, sure.

      1. Wait, Trump is self-promoting?

        Wow, this opens up a whole new area of analysis!

        /sarc

  51. Tequila was invented, then first mass produced, by European born Spanish colonials. The sombrero seems to have also been introduced by the Spanish. Modern Mexico, in language, religion, and culture, has much more in common with Spain than the Aztecs. There still exist a minority of Indigenous tribes in Mexico, But the majority culture of Mexico is fundamentally European. A tiny minority of Mexicans living today could understand any of the speech of a pre-colonial Aztec or Mayan. Almost none of those can read it as it was written then.

  52. Indeed, when it comes to Cinco de Mayo, it’s something of a challenge trying to distinguish insensitive appropriation of Latino culture from respectful celebration.

    No it isn’t…the challenge is explaining to dickheads that my drinking celebrations are none of their business unless they were invited to my party, and if they weren’t invited it’s because I didn’t care for their opinions because they’re probably uptight pricks and a complete buzzkill.

    If they don’t find that appropriate respectful, they can go pout outside the gates as I ignore them and celebrate in the manner I find most appropriate with other people who don’t suck.

    1. Are sombreros okay, as long as they aren’t party-store sombreros? If you are aware that Mexico defeated the French army on May 5, 1862, are you allowed to drink? Are Cinco de Mayo theme parties okay? What if the party has no official theme but people bring tequila? What if it is themed but includes an authentic mariachi band? What if Chipotle caters?

      And as a post-script, get a goddamned clue, Robby. You write for a libertarian site. Quit agonizing over the feelings of illogical morons and outrage addicts.

      1. Seconded.

        If anyone accuses you of “cultural appropriation” the only correct response is to tell them to go pound sand.

        Nobody owns any ideas. If you wear your hair in a braid and I like it, it can instantly become my style just as much as yours. If you wear a cool straw hat and I like it, I can go get one for myself and impress all the ladies. If you like my moves on the dance floor, copy to your heart’s content.

        This is how culture works. All culture, everywhere. We borrow liberally from whatever we experience in the world around us. This is why the French attempts to defend all things French is like Midas holding back the tides.

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  54. “It’s certainly true that some people betray racism and insensitivity toward Mexican people.”

    Hate to tell you this but Mexicans are not a race, ergo nobody can display racism toward them. The correct term would be xenophobia. And how is celebrating Cinqo de Mayo insulting to anyone? It’s not even a holiday in Mexico (except in Puebla, kind of like Patriots Day in Massachusetts), unlike say, St. Patrick’s day in Ireland.

  55. just tell the PC Nazis to fuck off

  56. poor aggies

  57. As a Mormon, I am compelled to point out that refusing to drink tequila is also cultural appropriation, because Latter-day Saints don’t drink as part of their religion and culture.

    Have fun, anti-cultural-appropriationists, figuring out what to do now!

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