Tackle Cultural Appropriation With a White Party

Do you ever get annoyed that people won't stop having conversations about cultural appropriation? Well too bad because we're going to keep talking about it until people stop throwing wildly offensive and painfully obtuse parties where the "theme" consists of tired stereotypes about an entire culture or race of people. » 12/04/14 5:50pm 12/04/14 5:50pm

Vogue Is Still Trying to Figure Out Cultural Appropriation

I can appreciate that Vogue is perhaps trying to improve upon its history of blind appropriation, cultural insensitivity and outright racism, but it's hard not to walk away from its recent story on responsible adoption of cultural trends without scratching your head. Something about it just feels a bit off. » 11/10/14 4:50pm 11/10/14 4:50pm

New 1D Video Co-Stars Danny DeVito, a Chimp and Cultural Appropriation

Teasers from One Direction's video for "Steal My Girl" (the song that caused one YouTube commenter to write "OMGGGGGGG IM DIED") have been popping up for weeks now — and from the oddest sources, too. Today, to the thrill of Directioners everywhere, the video was finally released in its entirety. Let me tell you, it is » 10/24/14 2:20pm 10/24/14 2:20pm

PSA: Miley Is 'Over' Twerking; Has Yet To Discover Shmoney Dance

Miley Cyrus is officially done with twerking, y'all. Having honed the specifics of the dance and singlehandedly brought it to popularity, there's just not much more she can do with it, you know? But because she's Miley Cyrus, the godmother of black culture, she is again bringing to the masses, a dance move that… » 10/16/14 7:10pm 10/16/14 7:10pm

2015 Met Gala Will Probably Be an Asian-Themed Shitshow

Details about the 2015 Costume Institute Gala have been released and boy will this be a precarious one. Jennifer Lawrence will co-chair the event, which is fun—keeping things young! Lawrence is joined by Anna Wintour, obviously, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer and Wendi Murdoch. At first glance, I'm happy with those names.… » 9/12/14 6:45pm 9/12/14 6:45pm

Katy Perry Misses the Point on Cultural Appropriation Criticism

In her latest Rolling Stone feature, Katy Perry addresses the accusations of cultural appropriation that have followed her throughout her career. Based on her response, it's clearly something she's thought about quite critically: "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it," she says. Oh, boy. » 7/30/14 4:40pm 7/30/14 4:40pm

Why Do Katy Perry's Dancers Have Giant Fake Butts and Big Earrings?

Yesterday, some previously-unnoticed photos from Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour began making the rounds on Twitter. They depict Katy — in a leotard emblazoned with in ankh and the eye of Horus — surrounded by anonymous, faceless backup dancers in padded bodysuits. It's hard to know what the intention here was, but the… » 6/10/14 1:30pm 6/10/14 1:30pm

Designer's 'Stop Racism' Headdress Calls Out Industry Appropriation

Well, here's a pretty clear way to articulate your disgust with the fashion industry's penchant for cultural appropriation: yesterday, as part of men's fashion week in Paris, Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck sent two models down the runway in large headdresses that read "STOP RACISM." » 1/16/14 1:10pm 1/16/14 1:10pm

​Miley's BANGERZ Tour Promos Can't Go Away, Won't Go Away

Livenation just dropped a couple promos for Miley Cyrus' upcoming BANGERZ tour, and it could be considered a case study in 1) the mechanics of ass-first human movement, 2) the effects of continued not giving "AF" and cherry-picking hip-hop tokens like Mario after a Super Star power-up and, 3) my tolerance for shitty… » 11/13/13 1:10pm 11/13/13 1:10pm

Tanning Salon Is Super Thankful Native Americans 'Brought Sexy Color'

In honor of Thanksgiving, a chain of tanning salons in Alabama and Florida has launched a holiday-themed ad campaign that is both offensively stupid and stupidly offensive. "The Indians brought more than just 'CORN' to the first Thanksgiving," reads the copy, "they brought SEXY 'COLOR'!" Ugh, the unnecessary quotation… » 11/06/13 4:50pm 11/06/13 4:50pm

American Apparel Under Fire for 'Spooky' Voodoo-Themed Window Display

American Apparel is a great place to go if you want at least one person in false glasses to stare at you while you nervously rifle through some sheer bloomers. American Apparel is not a great place to go if you enjoy respecting and honoring other cultural traditions. Case in point: the retailer has recently attracted… » 11/01/13 12:50pm 11/01/13 12:50pm