So the boy I’ve been seeing and I had the “official” talk this weekend, and I’m just really excited because it’s such an amazing feeling to be with someone and to be so insanely happy whenever you’re around them
"Parks And Recreation is criminally underrated and one of the best ensembles on TV. They figured out how to make comedy out of people who like things, as opposed to the usual sitcom where it’s just people being awful to each other. Turns out passion can heighten things in the same way that conflict does. And that delights me."
Tim Carvell, head writer for The Daily Show (Rolling Stone Sept. 2013)
"The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you."
Ok, so here’s my real problem with the Katy Perry racism accusations…
If it makes you feel better to call her a racist, then by all means, go ahead and do it. But I find it infuriating that people like to maliciously throw around a term like “racist” and act like that means they’re making a difference.
There’s enough hatred out there without people taking something that was clearly not intended to be offensive and using it to make serious and hurtful accusations towards others. I get that people can do bad things whether they intend to or not. But for those of you who sit around calling others racists, it’s clear that you’re only intentions are to belittle someone for a lack of understanding.
If you want to make a difference, take opportunities like these to teach others. Explain why it was offensive, and help others appreciate why it’s important to learn about the cultures of others. But I could really do without all the belittling and name-calling that’s clearly based in hatred.
At the end of the day, there are far too many self-proclaimed academics who spend way too much time speculating, accusing and criticizing and not nearly enough actually doing.
Okay. Rant over.
teddtheodorelogan asked: Cultural misappropriation is a form of racism, though. It's relatively benign but it's still racism. Any time someone treats another person's cultural traditions like trite playthings, it's racist.
I don’t know. I can see why aspects of her performance would be offensive to some, and I think she would have been better off going in a different direction. But racism is defined as “the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.” Nowhere in her performance could you objectively identify any intention to comment on the character or ability of the races or cultures she was referencing.
Your use of the term “trite playthings” is clearly colored by your own perceptions of the performance. I would argue that the performance was more likely inspired by an aesthetic that she and her team found visually beautiful, although they clearly didn’t take the time to understand the nuances and actually pay tribute to the culture. But you only see it as racist for the negative intentions you attached to it of your own accord. We will all have different opinions colored by our respective vantage points, but in the objective sense, I can’t see how her performance fits within the definition of racism.
Again, I think she would have been better off taking the performance in a different direction. That being said, people should see this as an opportunity to educate others about cultures beyond their own. To starting throwing around the word racist is at the same time hurtful and absolutely unproductive.
Katy Perry’s AMA performance was definitely a bad case of cultural appropriation
But I think it’s a little much to call it racist…
You make my hands shake
I watch the glass break
Around my guarded heart tonight
It’s amazing when a song comes along at just the right time. Totally obsessed with song and the video.
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I cannot wait for this