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Gossling - Riptide (Vance Joy Cover)
chubby birds make me so happy
look at this precious thing oh my goodness
they are a bit cranky but they are just too cute
don’t talk shit though or it will end you
this has been a chubby bird appreciation post
I’m not going to speak on the Bindi specifically, because there’s a lot of Desi folks you could ask about this in depth.
(“You” here is not you specifically, instead aimed at appropriators etc.)
I’ll talk about accessible and pull from a simple example. A few years back I went to a parade in Japantown. It was specifically based in a Japanese folk tradition, with part of it including folks having to carry a platform, playing music, etc.
At the very end of the parade, clearly uninvited, showed up all these white people in fake geisha gear, on stilts, who… looked like horrible caricatures who decided on their own they were going to “join in the parade”.
"Why was the parade accessible to us if they didn’t want us to join in?"
Now, there’s different levels of ownership and participation and meaning to all things. One of the most disingenuous things people do is try to pretend all cultural practices and actions are equally loaded. ”Oh, well, are you saying I can’t eat Indian food, huh, huh?”
The real problem is one of invading space and the power of definition.
When you eat food, you’re not invading anyone’s space. You’re cooking at home, you’re eating at a restaurant - these are expected things. This is very different than showing up at someone’s cultural practice and forcibly pushing your way in. It’s different than deciding you’re going to wear someone else’s history as a toy, as a costume, in public, because it’s fun for you.
It’s also different than taking pictures, or perhaps making books or artbooks of yourself dressed as them, or making their food, or selling DVDs on how to make their music, for your profit because you know you can sell it better because you’re white.
And this stuff always clearly shows because people who participate are working WITHIN the original cultural communities, whereas appropriators never do. They’re not interested in the people, they’re interested in taking something “accessible” and then getting rid of the people, the context, and the origins that it came from.
It says everything that “cultural appreciation” strangely requires removing the people who created it, removing the names and lineages, and the actual history of it and putting yourself in it’s place.
Lots of things are accessible. That doesn’t mean you get to go take them and then claim ownership.