Friendly reminder that bad social justice is a vicious cancer on basic humanity.
Friendly reminder that culture appreciation and participation is not the same thing as cultural appropriation. Please keep your insults and your slandering to yourself, particularly in a space like Tumblr where you know next to nothing about the poster, their life, their experiences, and how they actually came to become involved in a certain practice. Most people out there participating in other cultures aren’t 16 year old hipsters wearing bindis or war headdresses who have no idea what they mean and just want to do it because its “cool”. Most people, in my experience as an Anthropologist have strong familial, experiential, or friendly ties to the communities that they take a part in.
Also, kindly remember, just because someone can pass for straight/white/christian/are doesn’t mean a damn thing towards whether or not they actually are and assumptions and slandering of people you don’t even know is far more damaging than someone taking a part in a culture they weren’t born into. Bindis and Indian culture have been around since before Cleopatra, Vanessa Hudgens wearing a bindi to Coachella isn’t going to kill South Asian culture, it won’t even make a dent (if the British couldn’t kill it with modernity, the industrial revolution, and total control, Vanessa Hudgens won’t be hurting anything). However, you slandering and belittling a person who might have an actual personal, ethnic, or historical tie to an event, culture, or ethnic identity because you don’t think they “fit” that mold enough or “because they’re white” or “because x, y, z” reason could actually really hurt that individual.
If you want to do something about cultural appropriation, EDUCATE PEOPLE, don’t belittle them. EDUCATE THEM. That might be a little hard though if you can’t bother to be educated yourself about the realities of ethnicities, cultural practice, and heritage.