You probably remember the furor a while back about the girl who wore a 'Chinese dress' as her prom dress. It became a huge story and got everyone in a tizzy about cultural appropriation, what it means, when it becomes problematic and if, just maybe, we are all becoming just a little too damn sensitive with all the social issues?
The debate is still ongoing, with polls from China indicating that the Chinese themselves are baffled by the controversy, and actually take great pride when foreigners appreciate the beauty of their culture. However many Chinese-Americans point out that the experience of growing up as part of a minority and profoundly different culture was different for them. If a Chinese-American turned up to prom in traditional clothing, they might experience the mocking and bullying that many grew up with, but when a white girl does it, she's lauded for being 'unique' and 'exotic.'
And now we have reached the inevitable 'backlash against the backlash,' and it is thankfully a little more lighthearted this time! People have taken to mocking the tweet that started the whole thing: “My culture is not your prom dress.” In a series of hilarious viral memes, the phrase is hilariously lampooned in ever more absurd fashion, providing some much needed comic relief to the culture shock saga which shows no signs of going away just yet.
Scroll down to check out the cultural appreciation and appropriation parodies for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!