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A Canadian Writer Defended Cultural Appropriation and All Hell Broke Loose

"...a space that is not safe for indigenous and racialized writers."

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Cultural appropriation is apparently just as much of a hot button issue in Canada as it is the United States and Great Britain: a Canadian editor recently quit his job after his essay calling for a "cultural appropriation prize" outraged some readers and indigenous activists.

No, this isn't really a story about censorship. It's a story about critics of cultural appropriation just being plain-old wrong.

The essay, written by Hal Niedzviecki, appeared in Write, a publication of the Writer's Union of Canada (TWUC). It was called "Winning the Cultural Appropriation Prize" and argued that authors should be rewarded for vigorously borrowing the voices, experiences, and customs of other cultures. Niedzviecki took the view that appropriation is actually a good thing, since cultural intermixing is beneficial, and leads to increased representation of minority experiences. (His view is shared by many libertarians, including Reason's Cathy Young and author Lionel Shriver.)

"I don't believe in cultural appropriation," wrote. Niedzviecki. "In my opinion, anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities."

Given the reaction, you might have assumed that Niedzviecki had called for the systematic extermination of indigenous writers.

"We have to understand that cultural appropriation is institutionalized, it is the very foundation of what Canada is built on," said Jesse Wente, an indigenous critic for CBC News. "And not just cultural appropriation, but appropriation of all things Indigenous: our lives, our lands. This is what this nation was founded on. It was the policy of the government to do this. To ignore, to pretend now, that we somehow have moved on beyond this and that somehow we're all on equal footing and thus we can all share equitably is to fail in your responsibility as a storyteller."

Nikki Reimer, an editorial board member of Write, accused Niedzviecki of making indigenous writers feel unsafe:

I am struggling somewhat to find the words to respectfully articulate my reaction upon seeing the column: at the most generous interpretation it is clueless and thoughtless; at worst, it is offensive and insulting to the many writers featured within the page; it undermines any attempts at space-making or celebration of the writers featured within the pages, and it marks Write magazine as a space that is not safe for indigenous and racialized writers.

But Niedzviecki did not threaten indigenous writers. He did not call for them to write less. He did not express the opinion that he wanted to see fewer of their stories in print. He did not say anything that was remotely anti-indigenous authors, or anti-indigenous stories. All he said was that everyone should feel encouraged to write stories about anyone, and indeed, the project of storytelling requires writers to use their imaginations­—to explain phenomena they've never witnessed, craft characters they've never met, and borrow details from walks of life they've never experienced. Writers who do this well should be celebrated.

Ken Whyte, founding editor National Post, did not agree with the criticism. He jokingly offered to donate $500 to the fictitious cultural appropriation prize. Also at the Post, Jonathan Kay—editor-in-chief of The Walrus—criticized the left's "shaming" of people with whom they disagree. Kay resigned his own position soon thereafter; it's not entirely clear whether this was connected to his defense of Niezviecki.

None of this constitutes hard censorship. No publisher is required to employ someone who expresses an unpopular opinion. Writers aren't entitled to platforms, and if audiences don't like what they're reading, they have every right to complain. If Write doesn't want to publish content that defends cultural appropriation, fine.

So, this isn't censorship. It's just idiocy. It's idiocy, because everyone, actually, is in favor of cultural appropriation. No one thinks Italian cooking should be restricted to the Italians. That's all appropriation is: license to participate in other cultures.

When critics decry cultural appropriation, they invariably end up conflating it with something else. They will say that dressing up as a stereotypical member of a certain race is offensive; they're right, it is offensive, but not because it's cultural appropriation. It's cultural mockery. If you mock other people's cultures, you're an asshole. But not all appropriation is mockery.

These are obvious differences. A white person making himself look like a caricature of a black person? Mockery. A white person writing a well-researched book with black characters—a book that treats them as complicated individuals, and does not reduce them to stereotypes? Appropriation. The former is bad, the latter is the foundation of cosmopolitanism. And it's the latter thing that Niedzviecki thought we ought to award a prize for.

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  1. Culture is a spook…

    1. Even referring to a phenomenon that has been going on since the dawn of time as “cultural appropriation” is serving intent of the leftist lunatics.

      1. Such references should certainly be banned from academic libraries, along with any and all instances of inappropriately deadpan “satire” mocking distinguished department chairmen employed in our nation’s special institutions of higher learning. Surely no one here would dare to defend the “First Amendment dissent” of a single, isolated judge in America’s leading criminal “parody” case? See the documentation at:

        https://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

        1. Enough of “America’s leading criminal ‘parody’ case” already. Your satire is better without it.

  2. I am struggling somewhat to find the words to respectfully articulate my reaction upon seeing the column

    the word you are looking for is vapors. it’s not profane and it paints a picture.

    1. “Hissy catfit” works too.

      1. How dare you appropriate the name of Hissy Catfit, the casino indian choreographer who appropriated the customary dance costume motifs of 103 soverign Indian Nations to outfit the confused papoose in the picture.

    2. You start out at a setting of eleven, there’s nowhere to go from there. Who will believe you next time your nation gets hold of some actual outrage porn you claim to be so epic that you’ve shot double jizz loads?

      1. you know who else had that nickname in college?

        1. Mr. Outrage Porn?

          1. The Fist of Etiquette just produced “Double Jizz Loads.”

            Let that just sink into your euphemisms dictionary.

            1. I like my euphemisms as explicit as possible.

              1. Isn’t every jizz load a double jizz load? Unless you are Tom Greene or Lance Armstrong?

      2. “double jizz loads”

        Good band name?

  3. Opera is probably the best example.

    Madame Butterfly was taken from a French novel about a Japanese girl. It was translated into an Italian libretto. Not only is it often performed by non-Italian speakers, the part of the young Japanese girl is often played by middle aged women of European ancestry. The American captain sings in Italian. Kimonos are worn by people who are not Japanese . . .

    And, yet, when people see it the first time, their eyes almost always well up with tears.

    Somehow through three or four levels of cultural appropriation, we all feel the tragedy of a young girl who thinks she’s found a husband through a marriage broker–only come to realize that she’s actually been sold as a prostitute . . . and now they’ve come to take the child she bore her “husband” away. The feeling and respect for the willful optimism and naivete of our youth and the tragedy of its loss is universal.

    There’s a word for telling people there are points they can’t make and things they can’t communicate because of their culture–it’s basically an ad hominem fallacy. Certainly, just because cultural appropriation isn’t always done well doesn’t mean it can’t be.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv0Rdu4unY8

    1. The bit about the actors is probably the genesis of this movement.

      A couple of decades back it was popular to protest white actors portraying non-white characters. At least this had a bit of a point to make – instead of having a white chick play the Indian Princess, let an actual Native American actor play the part – since there isn’t a lot of work for them anyway. It wasn’t a full-on point, but it wasn’t completely nuts either.

      But now that same movement has gone off the rails, demanding that only transgender women be allowed to play transgender women on screen. Of course I’d double-dog dare you to post a casting call for a female character and specifically say “no transgender actresses”. Somehow I think their notions about what is appropriation would flip 180 degrees.

      1. Find a 15 year-old Japanese girl who can sing “Un bel di Vedremo”, and maybe they’d be on to something.

        Opera is especially interesting because you don’t even need to understand the language to get the meaning, the feeling, etc.

        If it hits something universal in all of us despite being from another culture, in another language, etc., then that’s evidence that you’re doing something necessary.

        It’s also a little offputting to have people tell me what is and isn’t part of my culture. Who wants to say that 4th century BCE Greek culture is part of my culture, so that’s okay–but black culture from the South isn’t part of my culture for some reason?!

        My great grandfather was a missionary to China. My grandfather grew up in Shanghai. Who’s going to tell him what is and isn’t part of his culture?

  4. The concept of cultural appropriation implies that culture can be owned in the first place. You can only steal something that can be property (ie is scarce and rivalrous).
    Owning culture really means you own other people’s brains, bodies, clothes and other belonging, because you are trying to stop they from using their makeup in a certain way, speak in a certain way, dress or behave in a certain way.

    As Stephan Kinsella analyzed in depth, all forms of so-called “intellectual property” (owning an idea, design, pattern, a reputation, etc) do not help resolve conflicts on scarce and rivalrous resources, but instead spawns new conflicts. Cultural appropriation is just one more flavor of the same problem.

  5. I am struggling somewhat to find the words to respectfully articulate my reaction upon seeing the column…

    Whoa, easy there, tiger.

  6. These are obvious differences.

    No, they’re completely subjective value judgements.

    One generations’s perfectly-acceptable appropriation is reinterpreted as unacceptable mockery by the next. The perspective on what’s an offensive slur, and what’s an acceptable slang-word, changes literally by the minute.

    This assertion that there are some acceptable forms of cultural-reference, and some unacceptable forms, and that the differences are obvious, objective and beyond-debate, is nonsense.

    As usual, Robby’s posture effectively concedes far more to the critics than it defends. Because it pretends that *some* cultural-references (aka ‘mockery’) are socially unacceptable and should be discouraged/repressed/censured.

    Nobody owns culture. There is no such thing as cultural property. The idea that arbitrarily-defined groups of people possess some sort of property-rights or authority over the way other people perceive them is utter, fatuous nonsense. Being Mexican does not give you Veto Power over someone wearing a #@)(*& sombrero, and no one has the right to never be mocked.

    And mockery isn’t just a perfectly acceptable form of expression – its an essential one.

    1. Very nice. Perhaps it also applies to libertarians? You know, next time someone complains “you ruining mah label with your anarchy talk”? Naaaaaaaah.

      1. What’s your point?

  7. How not to choose the hill you’re going to die on:

    Duck Ramps Appear at U.S. Capitol, but Not Everyone Is Pleased

    1. Hold on. I’ve been the reflecting pool many times and it has always had ducks in it. How did they used to get in there without a ramp?

      1. Those are the shitlord ducks.

      2. The adults can fly in an out. I think the ramp is more for baby ducks.

        1. More tax money spent on other peoples’ kids.

        2. Won’t somebody think of the ducklings???!!!

    2. Why do they have to be so ugly?

      1. One day they will grow up to be beautiful swans. Even though they’re ducks. And what kind of message does that give kids anyway? Why can’t the duckling stay ugly, but become a great accountant or some such useful person?

  8. Apropos

    they didn’t even get to the part with the colored-girls

      1. Lou Reed is still around, right?

        Haven’t heard anything new from him lately …

        1. I think he’s taking a walk on the wild side with Sweet Jane.

    1. The song lyrics referencing “Holly” were based off Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress who was featured in Andy Warhol films.

      When an individual pointed out the song is considered revolutionary and one of the first to actually support transgender acceptance, the student union responded by saying the song is “understood to be transphobic” because it “devalues the experiences and identities of trans folks” and “minimizes the experiences of oppression” by talking about a person who transitioned by changing his appearance.

      Sigh.

    2. I’m old enough to remember when this song was an unlikely hit on FM radio. I don’t think it was all that controversial at the time, any more than Lola by the Kinks although the “colored girls” reference was a little strange because I think we were supposed to call them Blacks at the time (can’t really remember). It had a great sax solo and great backup while Lou mumbled his way through as usual. The song appealed to me mostly because it brought a touch of jazz into a musical culture dominated by Zeppelin and the Stones in the same way Van Morrison did with Moondance. I think most of the hippies that listened to “underground” radio in those days knew gay people and trans people and didn’t give a shit about the lyrics. Of course the drugs helped a lot. Baffles me that a bunch of 19 year olds find this 40 year old shit scary. I honestly think that universities should require that every student take a hit of LSD over a long weekend. Might change their perspective for the better.

  9. A white person writing a well-researched book with black characters?a book that treats them as complicated individuals, and does not reduce them to stereotypes? Appropriation. The former is bad, the latter is the foundation of cosmopolitanism. And it’s the latter thing that Niedzviecki thought we ought to award a prize for.

    That’s great and everything…. but even a poorly researched book …. or even a book written entirely from one person’s imagined experience with no research of any kind.. using black characters should be fine – unless we are talking a Stepin’ Fetchit style character or Birth of a Nation racist propaganda. In which case it is the ideas being espoused that is wrong, not the use of black characters by a non-black author.

    This whole thing is stupid and is obviously just a power grab by people who want power over others.

    There is no way to write a “diverse” story or script without writing for characters that are not of your own culture, race and gender. So these folks caterwaul for diversity but then bring out the torches and pitchforks for anyone who writes diverse characters.

    Well, not just anyone. Presumably they are really only angry with white writers.

    1. unless we are talking a Stepin’ Fetchit style character or Birth of a Nation racist propaganda

      You know, like in Huckleberry Finn, or Faulker novels, or Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

      there is no “unless”. If people find some forms of cultural reference offensive, its their own damn problem.

      *noted = the people who have generally wanted to repress ‘offensive depictions of black culture’ (e.g. drug dealing, pimping, etc) have been upper-class whites and blacks, who paternalistically pretended to want to ‘better’ the poor by refusing them any form of cultural expression.

      The people who pretend to have a right to control culture and only have ‘idealized’ views presented are demagogues.

      1. But at least it is a legitimate complaint to say that a TV show that portrays black people as nothing more than semi-human animals driven by base desires and given to profound laziness is an offensive enterprise.

        1. I thought everybody loved The Wire.

          1. Nice

        2. it is a legitimate complaint

          Like Robby, you’re pretending that complaints are either legitimate or not based on some unstated criteria. You’re assuming some knowledge of what is appropriate and not.

          Today, Melvin Van Peebles is now lauded as an uber-woke icon of Proud Blackness

          When he made his movies (like the above) he was seen someone venally capitalizing on the basest and most racist depictions of poor-black-urban culture. (blaxsploitation) Like hiphop its early days, cultural-elites wanted it censored/banned because it offended their sensibilities, and (they argued) it was horrifyingly offensive to display caricatures of black pimps and drug pushers, and racist for suggesting that these were in any way representative of ‘black culture’. “These things should never be funny or entertaining!” they insisted.

          it was bullshit then, and its bullshit now. What you pretend is ‘legitimate complaint’ is just you projecting your arbitrary mores on someone elses’ work. there is nothing inherently ‘offensive’. You make it offensive by choosing to take offense. The mistake you make is assuming anyone else should care what you take offense to.

      2. Thank you, Gilmore(tm).

        Here’s the takeaway, Progtards: “If people find some forms of cultural reference offensive, its their own damn problem.

        Also known as: Fuck You if you can’t take a joke, you hyper-sensitive Proglodyte.

    2. a Stepin’ Fetchit style character

      Stepin Fetchit was a double meaning character. Racist whites (aka most whites in the 1920s) saw him as a mockery of blacks and laughed their asses off at him. Blacks saw that he was really just “putting on old massa” (making things difficult for whites by pretending to be too stupid or incompetent to do as they say) and laughed their asses off at the clueless whities he played off of.

    3. If you write a story without any characters of other cultures you will be deemed a racist for not being inclusive. If you write stories with characters of other cultures your appropriating. So they get to complain either way. its a no win scenario thus the BS meter goes up

  10. I’m waiting for the day when the Hollywood screenwriter’s guild requires that each part MUST be written by someone matching the character. No cultural appropriation allowed. If a TV series involves a gay man, his part must be written by a gay man.

    It will eliminate all historical shows, for starters. How can you find anyone to write a part about fighting slavery unless an actual slave writes the slave’s part? Ditto for the slave master.

    I won’t hold my breath, but it’s ripe for the picking. Next time some Hollywood culture warrior bleats about cultural appropriation, look in their resume and you will find almost every role was written by someone who culturally appropriated that character.

    And that’s not to mention the acting itself. Let’s see Meryl Streep justify her role playing!

    1. Let’s see Meryl Streep justify her role playing!

      There actually was a whole movement condemning that sort of thing, starting about 20-30 years back.

      In defense of that movement, there were a lot of really laugh out loud casting moves made in the 60’s and 70’s. Scandinavian women playing Cherokee roles with prodigious use of red-brown greasepaint. It was just plain silly on the big screen, in retrospect. Not that the actor can’t find a way to portray the character, just that if you are going to film it in an otherwise realistic fashion, you can’t have a bunch of obviously jewish guys in bad makeup playing Geronimo and his band of warriors.

      From there they went to silly heights, but at least they did have the kernel of a reasonable complaint.

      This current thing about writing is completely unreasonable. There is no legitimate way to comply with their demands, as you point out. (although I’ll bet that they would assert that all black people – even the mixed race son of a Nigerian immigrant who’s family was never a victim of the slave trade and who grew up completely apart from American black culture – are inherently entitled to ownership of the slavery experience. )

      1. The 60s TV series “F Troop” made fun of that kind of hilarious casting. The Hekawi Indians were played by mostly Jewish actors, and their words and actions often portrayed Jewish stereotypes. When they spoke in the “Hekawi language” they were actually speaking Yiddish (a device later borrowed for “Borat”).

        1. Mickey Rooney cast as a Japanese man in breakfast at tiffany’s. …

          1. Hey, that was pure gold. PURE GOLD.

        2. I liked how they got their tribal name, they were nomads and when they got to their current location they said “Where the heck are we?”

      2. Not that the actor can’t find a way to portray the character, just that if you are going to film it in an otherwise realistic fashion, you can’t have a bunch of obviously jewish guys in bad makeup playing Geronimo and his band of warriors.

        Mel Brooks played a great Indigenous Person.

        Blazing Saddles.

      3. What about Charlton Heston? He played Geronimo AND Ben Hur.

        1. Hell, John Wayne played Genghis Freaking Khan! (And wow was it bad!)

    2. Mel Brooks actually brought on Richard Pryor to help write the lines for Bart in Blazing Saddles. Mel ended up writing most of Bart’s material and Richard worked mostly on Mongo’s. Funny how that worked out.

  11. When all Native Americans go back to using only stone and wood tools and travel by having a dog pull a travois I will take their complaints of cultural appropriation seriously.

    1. See, you’re making the mistake of thinking all people have equal rights and deserve to be judged as individuals according to same standards. Leftists reject that. To them, how you deserve to be treated by others and what your rights are depend entirely on your group identity.

    2. “I will take their complaints of cultural appropriation seriously.”

      You’ll probably be dead by then.

  12. I hereby give everyone in the world permission to use phones.

    you’re welcome.

    1. Sorry, if you’re from Waco, all you can giver permission to is drinking Dr Pepper.

  13. It’s a story about critics of cultural appropriation just being plain-old wrong.

    Oh, some actual journalism? Fine, I’ll read.

    Fuck You

  14. Who the hell told these indigenous critics about Niedzviecki’s essay in the first place? I mean, it was *written* wasn’t it? And since Native Americans did not have a written language, how would they have known of the essay unless they had appropriated a culture that *did* have a written language?

    1. Yes, and they also need to stop using Arabic numerals.

      1. The same Arabic numerals that invading Musselmen appropriated from the Hindoos.

    2. No, no, no. We are NOT all equal.

      https://reason.com/blog/2017/05…..nt_6851357

    3. Quite the ironic POV.

      The Mesoamerican civilizations had a writing system, developed independently of anyone else.

      Whereas European civilization was completely illiterate until they borrowed the writing systems developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

      1. Canada is a loooooooong way from Mesoamerica. Canadian indigenous people’s using mesoamerican writing systems *are still culturally appropriating* – as you don’t think that Native Americans had a single coherent culture stretching from the First Nations all the way down to the Yucatan do you, racist;)

    4. To borrow a Robby-ism:

      To be fair… Sequyoa did create a written language for his tribe. Granted… he got the idea from a school spelling primer that some white folk had but since he took it from whites it’s not appropriation, right?

  15. the more you acknowledge bullshit, the more you get…supply & demand or if you want more of something subsidize it…

    1. It’s government that subsidizes the bullshit. Without bloated, intrusive government to reify their ideas, the academics who design and impose the bullshit would just be harmless kooks. Our talking about them doesn’t subsidize them.

  16. WHAR MY CULTURE GONE?

    1. Where did you leave it?

    2. Look in the petri dish and please don’t share that culture with anyone.

  17. Why stop at cultural appropriation? Why not generational appropriation? Why should young people adopt and use knowledge, practices, or wealth from prior generations? Why is it ok for me to take advantage of what people in prior generations of my culture came up with but it is not ok for someone who lives in the next valley over to adopt (not steal which implies you being deprived the use of) those same things?
    The left complains constantly about the unfairness of generations inheriting wealth from prior generations but they never seem to consider that real wealth is more than money ? it is knowledge, it is infrastructure, it is customs, etc.

    1. Since young SJWs are indeed willfully becoming ignorant of history and the knowledge of economics and how things work, it looks like they have adopted your idea.

    2. One could argue that parents give their culture to their children, in a similar fashion to their tangible wealth.

      So not-giving being taking, and all other things being equal, gimme your wallet.

      1. Most parents spend their tangible wealth, they don’t bequeath it.

  18. The critic mentions “your responsibility as a storyteller”–there is no such thing. A storyteller is trying to tell a story, and perhaps to get published and if lucky get paid for it. All sorts of idiot things get written. The volume of bad fiction is simply overwhelming. And now it has to be socially conscious too? And whose version of socially conscious? Is one allowed to write a villain into a story who is a priest? Oh, of course you can. But a mulla? better not. A bad native american? head for the hills!
    Given the tiny number of Canadian native peoples, they better hope that non-natives are writing about them if they want to be mentioned in print at all.
    The obvious extension of these complaints is that fiction can only be written about things the author has personally experienced, people entirely by representations of people he knows. Pretty dull, that would be.

    1. Given the tiny number of Canadian native peoples, they better hope that non-natives are writing about them if they want to be mentioned in print at all.

      Subsistence gathering in the arctic doesn’t leave enough free time for cataloging their lifes journey? What about the endless winter night? Like, do you division of labor at all, bro?

  19. Remember boys and girls, Diversity Is Our Strength! What did we ever do without it?

  20. A white person writing a well-researched book with black characters?a book that treats them as complicated individuals, and does not reduce them to stereotypes? Appropriation.

    Appropriation: the action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.

    So exactly who “own” what parts of what culture?

    I call bullshit on the whole made up concept.

    I hereby declare that Libertarians own the culture of politics. Any liberal, progressive, communist, conservative, or even Bernie who expresses any political viewpoint other than libertarian is guilty of appropriation, and sentenced to wear a dunce cap and sit in the corner. Or worse yet, not allowed to have internet access for a week.

  21. White people should not be allowed to eat corn or tomatoes.

    1. or chiles or potatoes.

      1. I’m going to argue that by appropriating the whole continent, not the crops specifically, they would have assumed the right to consume the now-local produce as culturally native.

  22. [reads comments]

    Yup, Reason’s “libertarians” are Limbaugh Republicans.

    Sad!

    1. Go peddle your guilt somewhere else, leftard.

      -jcr

      1. “leftard”

        That’s awesome. Did you make that up?

    2. Are imputing this cultural appropriation horse shit onto everyone left of Limbaugh? Because that sounds more like an attack on everyone to the left of Limbaugh.

      Why do I suspect you listen to more Limbaugh than anyone else here?

  23. cosmopolitanism

    NIH!

    NIH!!!

    NIH!!111!1111!!11!11

    The Hair used the WORD!

  24. cosmopolitanism

    NIH!

    NIH!!!

    NIH!!111!1111!!11!11

    The Hair used the WORD!

    1. The squirrelz appropriated my comment.

  25. Accussations of cultural appropriation are nothing more than a whip to punish white people with. It’s arbitrary and total bullshit. Everything in every culture from language, food, clothing, art, etc, etc has elements borrowed from other cultures. Everything. To say otherwise is retarded beyond belief. The people who do so should just be told to shut the fuck up.

  26. Robby, “cultural appropriation” is nothing but a guilt-peddling neologism used by idiots to attempt to intimidate others. Culture is not property: It can’t be appropriated.

    Anyone bitching about “cultural appropriation” should be ridiculed and then ignored. If they persist, they should be told to fuck off.

    -jcr

    1. And eat shit.

      Soon enough, some idiot will claim that too will be cultural appropriation.

  27. I was told by somebody, probably a very cultured European, that Americans have no culture.

    Since Americans are better than Canadians, it follows that Canadians have even less culture. Canadians need a ladder to climb out of their empty cultureless holes.

    So, of course Canadians and Americans steal culture. We have no choice, since we are cultureless. We see culture and say, “I need some a dat” and proceed to “appropriate it”.

    Just this morning I drank a glass of cultured buttermilk that I appropriated from the local piggly wiggly.

    1. I was told by somebody, probably a very cultured European, that Americans have no culture.

      “Very cultured”? Like, in a Petri dish?

      -jcr

      1. On an episode of Chefs Table, the chef talks about buying her first kitchen and opening the unpowered, never-emptied, walk-in after god knows how long.

      2. Well she did have plenty of yeast going on.

    2. I was told by somebody, probably a very cultured European, that Americans have no culture.

      Except rape culture, though to be fair the Europeans are importing millions of people who can teach them how it’s done.

    3. Europeans are just angry because we have 23 types of deodorants to choose from.

  28. “That’s all appropriation is: license to participate in other cultures.”

    To you, maybe. To Indigenous Nations, it connotes loss of land and livelihood. having license to participate in the massacre at Wounded Knee, didn’t do them any good.

    1. I wonder how much LSD is have to do for your comment to start making sense.

        1. Is there a libertarian analogue to “woke”?

          If so,you are it’s complete antithesis.

          1. I guess that means he’s ‘doze?’ “Aslumber?” Zonked out? How about ‘asnooze?’

            “OMG I can’t even, all those reactionary people clapping for Ben Shapiro are so asnooze!”

            1. “Doze.”

              I like that.

              DanO.- Shut the fuck up, you are so doze!

              Works for me.

  29. Former almost-libertarian “Kennedy” is anchoring Fox News. One word:
    Sad!

  30. It’s really not complicated. It’s analogous to getting a PhD and publishing papers in hard science, but in the arena of signalling one’s moral righteousness by showing outrage at bigotry.

    Galileo became a giant of science and a household name by simply rolling rubber balls off tables. Modern scientific aspirants have to spend a decade or more studying what has come before them and align themselves with big-budget enterprises in order to have a chance at being recognized for even the most picayune contribution to scientific knowledge.

    Likewise, as the low-hanging bigotry fruit is already picked, rising leftists have no choice but to expand the definition of racism and sexism etc. in order to find suitable targets for advancing their careers.

    1. Galileo became a giant of science and a household name by simply rolling rubber balls off tables a

      Then why did he waste all that time grinding and polishing telescope lenses, observing Jupiter, and the movement of the moons he discovered?

      1. Because the rubber balls move in predictable ways. The exact same predictable way that the planets and the moons move. Whether it is balls falling toward the earth, or planets falling around the sun, they all fall with an acceleration that is governed by the same force and according to the same equation.

        1. Yet somehow Jupiter is still up there.

  31. Bill O’Reilly Pronounces “Hatred” Killed Roger Ailes

    “Hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters,” he wrote. “Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth.”

    A medical examiner disclosed Thursday that the 77-year-old’s passing was related to complications from a fall he experienced last week that led to bleeding in his brain.

    Fox News has created an online petition calling for the revocation of the medical examiner’s license, citing blatant, un-American professional competence.
    https://tinyurl.com/l6adrnr

  32. I knew it! Robby!

    1. Journalists scored pretty high on:

      Abstraction, the ability to deal with ideas rather than events. It’s related to the part of the brain where the most sophisticated problem-solving takes place. In other words, it highlights the ability to think outside the box and make connections where others might not see them.

      Value tagging, the ability to assign values to different sensory cues, such as whether something is a priority or has meaning. Scoring highly in this area indicates a good ability to sift through information and pick out what’s important.

      Compared with bankers, traders, or salespeople, journalists showed that they were more able to cope with pressure.

      1. lol.

        angry. dumb. pretends to be libertarian. gets offended and defensive when journalists are called dumb.

        if you’re not weigel you might as well be.

  33. The award for “Stupidest politician having the worst week ever” goes to Anthony Weiner (D – New York).

    He just plead guilty to literally sending selfie picture evidence of his crime to his child molestation victim.

    That would be like Trump going Deliverance on Comey and sending a video to the NYT.

  34. If you want get a little insight on the type of damage that SJW do this article from the japan times should do.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/op…..SD-S4eGPq4

    1. I’m outaged that other cultures are culturally appropriating cultural appropriation from white liberals.

      1. Exactly, Jesse Wente is more than happy to use the technologies invented by whites.

        Fricken hypocrites and remedial intellectuals.

        1. technologies invented by whites

          Calm down. Someone might accuse you of being a racist. Not that everything great in the world wasn’t “invented by whites.”

          1. It’s racist to observe the race of the inventor of something? So it’s racist racist to note that jazz was invented by black people? You should inform Mr. Wente and his ilk of this immediately.

          2. I don’t give a shit if someone is stupid and brazen enough to accuse me of racism.

            And I was making a point you smart alec. I was throwing Wente’s hypocrisy back into his face.

            The light bulb was invented by Edison. Edison was white. Duh. Not fucken racist. Now go back to the SJW Cafe.

    2. We already saw the kind of damage they can do in the 60s: it was called the Cultural Revolution.

  35. “We have to understand that cultural appropriation is institutionalized, it is the very foundation of what Canada is built on,” said Jesse Wente, an indigenous critic for CBC News. “And not just cultural appropriation, but appropriation of all things Indigenous: our lives, our lands. This is what this nation was founded on. It was the policy of the government to do this. To ignore, to pretend now, that we somehow have moved on beyond this and that somehow we’re all on equal footing and thus we can all share equitably is to fail in your responsibility as a storyteller.”

    I’m so tired of this. Fuck off with this crap.

    1. And if I ever catch Jesse eating pizza, I’m gonna fuck him to death.

      It’s damn near impossible for writers to find a place to write freely and openly anymore. Right away you have jack-offs like Jesse who want a story (more like a narrative they accept) that doesn’t offend them.

      Fuck. You.

      It’s the Jesse’s of this world that are killing freedom of speech and opinion…and good storytelling.

      1. It’s damn near impossible for writers to find a place to write freely and openly anymore.

        It’s almost as if you’ve never heard of the internet.

        1. Yeh go and try and write for A PUBLICATION at established sites/mags.

          Think before you yap.

          1. That’s DanO, for pete’s sake. Thinking isn’t one of his skills under any condition.

            1. Yapping doesn’t seem to be either, but that never stopped him.

  36. it undermines any attempts at space-making

    Would someone *kindly* explain this?

  37. The irony is that nobody up here gives a shit about Indians.
    Well, the rest of us complain that the federal govt hands them $10 billion a year to remain jobless. But that’s the only time we think about them. Other than that they’re irrelevant.

  38. The irony is that nobody up here gives a shit about Indians.
    Well, the rest of us complain that the federal govt hands them $10 billion a year to remain jobless. But that’s the only time we think about them. Other than that they’re irrelevant.

  39. Besides being plain crazy, the problem with people who make this into a controversial topic is they judge the whole concept by the worst possible example they can think of. It’s not uncommon. Ask a liberal what conservative means and their definition will be based on the worst thing a conservative ever did or said. The reverse is true too. The concept of an outlier (in the example of cultural appropriation, that there is such a thing as being offensive to other cultures) doesn’t exist to some people, so the line keeps getting moved. Take racism, which used to have a very specific definition. Now, any prejudiced behavior is racist too, despite the fact they are to unique terms. All of this is, lazy to be sure, but also a way to make everyone feel as though you’re on one side or the other. The left and right already talk and behave as if there’s only two points of view and everyone else can go to hell. This is basically just the continuation of that.

  40. I remember being lectured in school (and media) about how bad the blacklisting of communists was/

    Now the left is doing it, it’s not longer censorship, it’s just really mean or something.

  41. Is masturbating to indigenous porn considered cultural appropriation? Asking for my mom.

    1. Can a friend watch?

  42. Trump mocked Obama for bowing to a Saudi king. And then he ?

    Oh no he di’n’t!
    https://tinyurl.com/lx5o3ph

    1. The medal was made of white chocolate, as is tradition.

      1. Of course the chocolate was white. It had to be.

        I’m Asian and I bow a lot. That was no “bow’ in the sense of acknowledging your superior or senior. I wish DanO. would suppress his white privilege long enough for people of color to express an essential truth.

  43. I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ with Trump. His self-sabotage is rooted in his past.

    Three decades ago, I spent nearly a year hanging around Trump to write his first book, “The Art of the Deal,” and got to know him very well. I spent hundreds of hours listening to him, watching him in action and interviewing him about his life. To me, none of what he has said or done over the past four months as president comes as a surprise. The way he has behaved over the past two weeks ? firing FBI Director James B. Comey, undercutting his own aides as they tried to explain the decision, disclosing sensitive information to Russian officials and railing about it all on Twitter ? is also entirely predictable.

    Early on, I recognized that Trump’s sense of self-worth is forever at risk. When he feels aggrieved, he reacts impulsively and defensively, constructing a self-justifying story that doesn’t depend on facts and always directs the blame to others.

    Many of the deals in “The Art of the Deal” were massive failures ? among them the casinos he owned and the launch of a league to rival the National Football League ? but Trump had me describe each of them as a huge success.

    B-b-b-but the leftist media!
    https://tinyurl.com/mzagaf4

    1. The article is not about Trump. Try to stay on topic. Asshole.

  44. Just ran across this particular (older) entry, but I think I’m bookmarking “The Daily Rash.” I’ll title this one “You may call me Reverend.”

    http://www.thedailyrash.com/jo…..f-politics

    1. “Presidential erection”
      I didn’t know Al was part Chinese.

  45. This article perfectly defines the concept of “snow flakes”.

  46. When those minority groups stop appropriating white culture and forfeit:

    Television.
    Radio
    Internet
    Smart phones
    Basic phones.
    Baseball
    Basketball
    American football
    Soccer
    Video games
    Tennis shoes
    etc

    …then we can talk. Until then, they don’t buy their own bullshit.

  47. One side thinks all cultural appropriation is equivalent to minstrel shows, and the other side thinks all cultural appropriation is like Italian cooking. Black and white is not true.

  48. Anyone not of English Descent is appropriating English culture by speaking English. Once we get that fixed, get back to me.

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  50. Interesting story. The former is bad, the latter is the foundation of cosmopolitanism.

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