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Woman Accuses Sony Of Insulting Japanese Culture By Hiring A White American In Japanese Clothes, Doesn’t Expect This Reply
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Woman Accuses Sony Of Insulting Japanese Culture By Hiring A White American In Japanese Clothes, Doesn’t Expect This Reply

Hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry have just presented their new and upcoming products at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 (E3 2018). Trying to stand out from the crowd, Sony has featured a musician while revealing one of its PlayStation games. The performance, however, was called out as ‘blatant cultural appropriation.’

“Can someone at @sony please explain why you chose NOT to hire a Japanese performer to wear traditional Japanese wardrobe for a Japanese game,” Dani Jo tweeted. Rushing to aid the gadget giant, a person who claims to be a native Japanese has decided to respond. They explained why hiring this American to play the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, wasn’t a mistake, and it made Dani realize she made a mistake. In fact, she got so embarrassed, she even deleted her Twitter account. Continue scrolling to check out how everything unfolded and share your thoughts in the comments.

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A woman has once again directed Twitter’s attention to cultural appropriation

And some people agreed with her completely

But one person who claims to be Japanese did not

At first, Dani blocked those who opposed her. Not long after, she deleted her Twitter account altogether

Many have shared their own opinions

But what do you think?

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

Not so long ago, I have seen thousands of chinese playing Beethoven - and I was not offended at all :-)

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
4 years ago

And for 6 years, I've been playing American songs on the piano and I'm Asian.

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
4 years ago

So from now on only austrians can play Mozart?

N G
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, Austria the land of Mozart and kangaroos

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
4 years ago

One day will come a time when people will ask questions like this out of curiosity rather than a loaded question intended to accuse people of something. The sheer arrogance of it! "How come the person playing the traditional Japanese instrument isn't Japanese?" - "Well, its because their isn't many people available who play that instrument and he is a certified master" - "Thanks! Now I know" - Done

Aaron Kara
Community Member
4 years ago

Damn, I used the wrong 'there' in my post - I apologize. I will now fall on my dictionary in shame ;)

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago (edited)

1) Sony is a Japanese based conglomerate, they can hire whoever they want; 2) Just because he's Caucasian it doesn't mean he's not Japanese (well, in this case he actually isn't, but this point is a reference to a previous Japanese beauty contestant for Miss Universe who was black); 3) Let people appreciate other cultures, if you really want to be the social media warrior, change your approach. Good manners won't kill you. Just say you're curious first, and then see how it goes. Tsk tsk tsk

bob
Community Member
4 years ago

Just to clarify, the former Miss Japan is of half Japanese ethnicity to start with (hence how she was treated by some of her fellow countrymen on the internet, who considered her as non-pure). Unlike this flute player, who is 100% Caucasian. The probability of him being Japanese is, thus, rather slim. But yeah, it's the typical story. Asian who gets offended by the appropriation of some "asian" culture they know nothing about... Simply regrouping all asian cultures as only one is already a good indicator of the very low intellectual level...

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Michal
Community Member
4 years ago

Should I then be offended by all those Japanese people winning teh annual International Chopin Piano Competition? If somebody practices to play this flute all his life and is internationally recognisable for it, but you are trying to ban him becasuse of his skin color, who is the racist one in this situation?

Shannøn Renee
Community Member
4 years ago

There's a reason I have this at my desk... and people like this is why. IMG_0858-5...da583d.jpg IMG_0858-5b27a35da583d.jpg

Neb
Community Member
4 years ago

I even heard several proverbs: talking is silver, and silence is gold; we have one mouth and two ears (ok, this does not go well, because on internet age we have 10 fingers... or at least most of us)

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Betty Rubble
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminds me of a museum that let people try on a kimono and have their picture taken with it. They had to stop because there was such an outcry over it. Unbelievable. I would have just kept right on taking the pictures. Go ahead look it up

Felix Feline
Community Member
4 years ago

'Demonstrators protested the event, armed with signs reading, “Try on the kimono and learn what it’s like to be a racist imperialist today!” and “This is Racist. This is Appropriation. This is Orientalism.”'

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birdhouse
Community Member
4 years ago

I find it offensive that other people keep being offended on my behalf. (I have no idea what I just said?)

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

What strikes me is the cowardice, and the attitude towards criticism. We live in democratic countries, do we? We honour freedom of speech, do we? Tweeting is like shouting on a market place, or being in the speaker's corner. Blocking people for merely being constructive is like beating opposition from a demonstration. And deleting your account when the criticism becomes too much is just pathetic. A simple "I am sorry, my mistake" seems to be too much for many today.

Laugh Fan
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh dear. Leapt in with both feet without double checking anything and ends up embarrassed as hell. If we dislike people being so easily offended over things let's not be too offended by her as well, she probably meant well. I agree with you Daria, doesn't hurt to be polite and to ask questions before rushing to judgement.

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank you!

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 years ago

Damn! I've seen a bazillion Asians playing the violin and completely forgot to be offended.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Well next time be sure to lose your shit. Maybe get some tattoos, hipster glasses and a shirt with a virtue signalling slogan on it. Then you'll look just like Dani's avatar and we'll know who to avoid ;-P

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Zanthe
Community Member
4 years ago

"Music is music, it shouldn't have cultural boundaries" !!!!!!!!!!!!

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

"Great artists have no country" - Alfred de Musset

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm tired of people getting offended by ANYTHING. And regarding the "cultural appropriation" thing, I don't know if I'm wrong, but... I don't find it insulting when someone from a different culture shows their admiration for a different culture, as long as it's with respect. I'm mexican, and I wouldn't feel offended if, let's say, someone from Canada learns to dance the Jarabe Tapatío or cooks some damn good Pollo en Mole!

William Teach
Community Member
4 years ago

First we're told about diversity and multiculturalism, then we're told we're not allowed to "appropriate that culture". These are just people who need to take up a hobby or something.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

You're supposed to respectful of their cultures and be inclusive of their cultures and allow them to use whatever part of our culture they want, but you are also supposed to never question their cultures or even publicly acknowledge their cultures (microagression), not do anything yourself that involves their culture, so no sushi for you!

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Stephanie Hutner
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do people look for reasons to get offended? They search for them with every fiber of their being. The most annoying thing is just how ignorant they usually are.

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
4 years ago

Time and again, I notice how it's rarely a member of a certain ethnic group that gets all worked up over someone appropriating their culture...

Guacharaco
Community Member
4 years ago

I am latino and like Rock and Roll... can I please keep playing drums?

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
4 years ago

Makes me happy to see another dumbass butthurt bitch getting bullied off Social Media. Let's do this to all of them, so they stop spreading their disease!

Betty Rubble
Community Member
4 years ago

the new term for this is bullshit VIRTUE SIGNALLING. Check that out too

Thomas Kolev
Community Member
4 years ago

Spreading appreciation for a culture is NOT appropriation! Some people really just want to be offended.

Emma Patterson
Community Member
4 years ago

Ever since I moved to Japan two years ago, I've been confused about cultural appropriation... In the States, a non-Japanese person wearing a kimono would be accused of appropriating Japanese culture. Here in Japan, however, my Japanese friends have no problem with such things--in fact, they encourage it. My Japanese boyfriend has wondered on several occasions why I have yet to wear a kimono and when I tried explaining how it could be appropriation, he didn't understand at all. Perhaps, rather than getting angry on a culture's behalf, we should instead leave it up to each culture to decide what is and isn't cultural appropriation...

GiantSpaceTiger
Community Member
4 years ago

A new account was probably made within minutes. That sort of egotistic person is not able to keep away from self-righteous bleating for any length of time. Even her clothes have to broadcast some smug soundbite.

Ego
Community Member
4 years ago

Why are people screaming "cultural appropriation" about a culture that's not their own anyway?

ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
4 years ago

The guy played beautifully and I must admit, I had a passing thought of whether it was appropriate or not as well. But then I remembered that Sony is a Japanese company and it can't be appropriation if that is who they hired. I didn't know he was a master at that instrument, thats so cool.

Lyria
Community Member
4 years ago

I love Chinese and Japanese food and music - and will not stop that cultural appropriation, just because some idiots believe it's racist!

Karl Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

she is the ideal anti racist spokesperson whilst being racist. why can't a non Asian person enjoy and contribute to an Asian culture.

Asher MYL
Community Member
4 years ago

always the bs of pc and post modernism,mindless generation

Kiahna
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh. My. Gosh. Can people stop being so offended over the TINIEST things? Like jeez, don't you have better things to do with your time than start a whole internet battle over nothing?

Hugo Raible
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn't it cultural appropriation to yell "cultural appropriation" although you have absolutely zero to do with that culture? Hell, that girl seems not even Asian, doesn't know a fuck about the instrument, but still plays the social justice warrior. What a great example of virtue signaling.

Mark Miller
Community Member
4 years ago

Hold that L Dani!!! And the rest of you too!!

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Here we start again... People getting offended for really nothing....

Little Menace
Community Member
4 years ago

Why is it mandatory to have black actors in almost every white role in films [Joan of Arc, The Dark Tower etc] and we are being punished if we don't, but do the same reversed [i,e a white person portraying a person of any other culture] it is cultural appropriation? The Japanese still have their heads screwed on right by not caring about this. The SJW generation has reached it's tipping point and need to be told to 'STFU'.

cc
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not mandatory for black actors to pay white roles. It only happens (occasionally) because there are few roles available for them compared to whites, so they take what they can get. Most roles are given to white people anyway, so why should they play the non-white characters too? All that does is take away one of the few Hollywood opportunities for black/Asian actors.

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Christopher G. Wong
Community Member
4 years ago

These whiners just annoying me the fuck out! I watched that trailer and I love it. And that is one fucking talented artist who can bring much Japanese vibe to the event even though he is not an Asian!

Dara
Community Member
4 years ago

We should just research more before saying anything.

CbusResident
Community Member
4 years ago

The far left looks ridiculous, moralizing and ignorant again? That's a real surprise.

Karl Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

in our modern world we have to learn to live together as one without racism, unless you go by her morals and we should keep to our own cultures

Tyler Duffy
Community Member
4 years ago

Got to love a good SJW fail.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
4 years ago

Hahahha all those ignorants speaking before getting any knowledge... Congratulations on embarassing yourselves publicly (and to be strict: I mean people who accused Sony without knowing who the performer was)

Betty Rubble
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahhhhhhhh hahahahahahahahahahahaha

PeterSpain
Community Member
4 years ago

Your dress is not my goddamn culture

Ann Mohrmann
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes it seems you can't win for losing...she just wanted to bring up the possibility of white-washing (like when ScarJo played an originally Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell) and now she's been shamed off the internet. I think people took this too far. Her heart was in the right place. We (white people) are constantly being reminded to not appropriate other cultures, but when we try and prevent it from happening, then we're also wrong?

Joseph Stewart
Community Member
4 years ago

The game is set in Japan but is an American game. Also the man was very good at playing.

phil blanque
Community Member
4 years ago

"Cultural appropriation" is totally bogus. Culture development is continuous and dynamic. No one owns it. If they did, they would have a copyright and could take legal action. Asian people play the cello or piano....OH NO! Black men wear a suit and tie.....OH NO! United Statesians eat burritos...OH NO! The Chinese play basketball...OH NO! Italians speak English...OH NO! Indians play cricket...OH NO! Wow, it is going to take a long time to clean all this up so that people act right!!!

FuzzyWuzzy
Community Member
4 years ago

*Sighs* Am I the only one who is sick to death of this kind of stuff? I wish they could be fined for trying to start sh!t.

Ignian
Community Member
4 years ago

WE will never achieve global peace and unity, and god forbid calling yourself an earthling or cosmopolitan because of this bullcrap agenda people are having, let people appreciate, and shut the hell up.

Christopher Henson
Community Member
4 years ago

I am offended by arrogant millennial twits who claim to be offended on behalf of people they don't know and about subjects they know even less about.

Michael Misiaszek
Community Member
4 years ago

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. there are those who "want" to be offended and look for things to offend them. it is a sad way to live.

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful comeuppance.

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
4 years ago

Old proverb: Empty Vessels Make The Most Noise. Now I suppose someone somewhere is going to 'Culturally Appropriate' that saying. Ho Hum...

JacekEU
Community Member
4 years ago

2nd news in one email, with interesting things from BP, about americans hating white people, just for being white. You have some serious issues in your country

Paul Dixon
Community Member
4 years ago

The idea also that you have to look Asian to be Asian is also racist and little backward thinking. Hmmm

Sam
Community Member
4 years ago

Cultural appropriation has become the newest catchphrase that says, "WTF has happened to our country??"

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, I guess the South Korean orchestra that makes music from white composers sound like angels singing needs to quit appropriating. I cry from joy every time I hear this orchestra.

Lilly
Community Member
4 years ago

i love posts like this--i used to work with someone of a different culture/race. she was much younger, but we grew to be great friends. the foundation? aside from our work, we were both curious about the others heritage & lifestyle. i miss having someone like her that i could just blurt out an honest question & she would answer it w/o issue. likewise, she would ask me questions as well. we learned a lot about each other, personally & culturally. it was great! everyone should have friends like that.

Alia Ris
Community Member
4 years ago

How about actually talking first to the people from the 'victim' culture?

Alextrónica
Community Member
4 years ago

@Robert Dackes you missed the joke.

Marko Žilić
Community Member
4 years ago

SJWs are pure poison of society. Mind your own fucking business, people! It's one thing to call out injustice in regards to law, and a completely other thing to mindlessly bark at the moon.

Victor Vakaras
Community Member
4 years ago

Twitter is a cancer.

Anthony Cumia
Community Member
4 years ago

Seems it's only white liberals who get offended over this sort of thing.

makenzie stephenson
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do you have to look asian to do asian stuff? What if your family has lived in asia but you don't look asian you look european? How is that fair like at all

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 years ago

We really should stop giving so much publicity to these people. It just encourages other idiots to join in. What is wrong with cultural appropriation anyway? It shows an appreciation of someone's culture besides our own. Something I think this world could do with more of.

frank0ys
Community Member
4 years ago

...The girl who cried "racist" on Twitter. That will be a good children story to make.

WellSea7
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't get it, why can't we just appreciate people, enjoy talent, share skills. cultures, LIFE.. etc... then drop all the labels, seems simply enough, idk why its made so hard :(

Justakid
Community Member
4 years ago

Japanese takes care of people who respect Japanese culture no matter what your ethnicity, nationality, race, gender or whatever. They would say, "oh, Arigatou for loving Japan (^。^)", and they might as well give you a job opportunity like this guy did.

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Dammit. I wanted to hear the music. Forget about all this racist/anti-racist bullshit. Where is the YouTube !... oh a link. There we go. Alright I am happy everyone go back to blathering about a bunch of idiots on the internet and their angry twits tweets. Whatever.

Kiki
Community Member
4 years ago

More white Liberals getting offended on behalf of minorities because apparently they know better than said minorities on what they should be offended by.

Kiki
Community Member
4 years ago

I meant other races. They're only minorities when they are in the U.S. My bad.

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T. Todd Hennig
Community Member
4 years ago

I guess, you speaking English, typing on a computer or phone, wearing jeans with a zipper or a jacket with a zipper and running shoes, eating hamburgers and pizza sipping on pop while on your skateboard makes it ok then?

Soozie Poozie
Community Member
4 years ago

Ridiculous!!! Everyone is offended by everything these days. This was quite innocent and yet people got into an uproar. Can we not just chill the f#*k out already?!! Choose the battles that are worth fighting. THIS is not one of them.

Shane Chang
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi.. I'm a blue-eyed, blond headed Chang... I hope that girl is ok with me taking my husband's name when we married.

Håvard Hovde
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought the end would be that this guy is in fact japanese, only with caucasian features - because not all japanese people have asian features. Which would be to assume that a person born and raised in Japan, but with caucasian parents, is not japanese?

cc
Community Member
4 years ago

A white person born and raised in Japan is called a Japanese foreigner.

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Hannah Tyler
Community Member
4 years ago

Imagine if someone said to a black person "you can't play classical music, classical music was always done by white people." Anyone would think that's outrageous right? If someone loves music, of course they'd wanna explore and be influenced by music from other cultures. I think the only people getting offended by a person who has dedicated their life to this beautiful instrument is white people getting offended by white people on behalf of someone else's culture

Jilltdcatlady
Community Member
4 years ago

Well I guess being a fifth-generation Caucasion American, I have to stop crocheting(because I'm not Dutch, orTunisian, or Bosnian, or Irish, etc,etc.) I just thought it was a cool hobby and I had an awesome talent for a dying art form.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey Dani Jo, please read the bottom line of your shirt again and take it to heart.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Those Japanese, always appropriating their own culture. How dare they!

Anna Mcaffee
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh yei the culture phD's a.k.a. people who think they are. Exacting.

Tom Grosman
Community Member
4 years ago

This is why there’s needs to be a distinction made between cultural appropriation, and cultural misappropriation. It’s all about the respect.

Maria Ofar
Community Member
4 years ago

that is hilarious. simply hilarious.

Meme Mee
Community Member
4 years ago

According to some- it seems as though all the worlds problems are caused by Anglo Saxon men. Ridiculous.

Miklós Nagy
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's see how long this post survives considering that the last one lasted about 10 hours.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

Actual cultural appropriation is akin to plagiarism or sacrilege. If you take something from another culture and claim it as your own culture, or your own invention, that's cultural appropriation (you plagiarized it--it wasn't your own idea). If you take something that has a specific cultural and/or religious meaning and adopt it as a matter of style, ignoring or mocking the original meaning, that's appropriation. An example would be the bindi, a mark or jewel between the eyebrows, significant in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the "third eye". Non-south Asians wearing the mark purely for fashion has been seen by some as very offensive. In the US, wearing stereotyped (frequently quite inaccurate) costumes, complete with war paint, and acting out stereotyped behaviors, usually violent, ignorant or uncouth, is a frequent appropriation of First People (Nativ American) culture.

John Digiorno
Community Member
4 years ago

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I think its good to take other cultures and make them our own. They don't deserve their culture as much as we do.

Pavel Nekoranec
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4 years ago

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Nah, that question was absolutely legitimate, the rest of tweet was just simply too aggressive, making quick assumption. Before someone start accusing someone, it's better to spend couple of minutes on google maybe? Whitewashing is a problem, as well as orientalism and so on. Btw isn't that interesting that when one person of colour or different ethnicity write something like "I'm offended", there is always thousands of white anglo saxons who are offended by it? :D And don't even start with this, uhhh there is culture appropriation of white people as well ... no, it is not that simple, it's like that when there is a march for Black life matters and white people start with "I believe that all life matters ..." ...

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

Not so long ago, I have seen thousands of chinese playing Beethoven - and I was not offended at all :-)

engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
4 years ago

And for 6 years, I've been playing American songs on the piano and I'm Asian.

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
4 years ago

So from now on only austrians can play Mozart?

N G
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, Austria the land of Mozart and kangaroos

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
4 years ago

One day will come a time when people will ask questions like this out of curiosity rather than a loaded question intended to accuse people of something. The sheer arrogance of it! "How come the person playing the traditional Japanese instrument isn't Japanese?" - "Well, its because their isn't many people available who play that instrument and he is a certified master" - "Thanks! Now I know" - Done

Aaron Kara
Community Member
4 years ago

Damn, I used the wrong 'there' in my post - I apologize. I will now fall on my dictionary in shame ;)

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago (edited)

1) Sony is a Japanese based conglomerate, they can hire whoever they want; 2) Just because he's Caucasian it doesn't mean he's not Japanese (well, in this case he actually isn't, but this point is a reference to a previous Japanese beauty contestant for Miss Universe who was black); 3) Let people appreciate other cultures, if you really want to be the social media warrior, change your approach. Good manners won't kill you. Just say you're curious first, and then see how it goes. Tsk tsk tsk

bob
Community Member
4 years ago

Just to clarify, the former Miss Japan is of half Japanese ethnicity to start with (hence how she was treated by some of her fellow countrymen on the internet, who considered her as non-pure). Unlike this flute player, who is 100% Caucasian. The probability of him being Japanese is, thus, rather slim. But yeah, it's the typical story. Asian who gets offended by the appropriation of some "asian" culture they know nothing about... Simply regrouping all asian cultures as only one is already a good indicator of the very low intellectual level...

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Michal
Community Member
4 years ago

Should I then be offended by all those Japanese people winning teh annual International Chopin Piano Competition? If somebody practices to play this flute all his life and is internationally recognisable for it, but you are trying to ban him becasuse of his skin color, who is the racist one in this situation?

Shannøn Renee
Community Member
4 years ago

There's a reason I have this at my desk... and people like this is why. IMG_0858-5...da583d.jpg IMG_0858-5b27a35da583d.jpg

Neb
Community Member
4 years ago

I even heard several proverbs: talking is silver, and silence is gold; we have one mouth and two ears (ok, this does not go well, because on internet age we have 10 fingers... or at least most of us)

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Betty Rubble
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminds me of a museum that let people try on a kimono and have their picture taken with it. They had to stop because there was such an outcry over it. Unbelievable. I would have just kept right on taking the pictures. Go ahead look it up

Felix Feline
Community Member
4 years ago

'Demonstrators protested the event, armed with signs reading, “Try on the kimono and learn what it’s like to be a racist imperialist today!” and “This is Racist. This is Appropriation. This is Orientalism.”'

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birdhouse
Community Member
4 years ago

I find it offensive that other people keep being offended on my behalf. (I have no idea what I just said?)

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

What strikes me is the cowardice, and the attitude towards criticism. We live in democratic countries, do we? We honour freedom of speech, do we? Tweeting is like shouting on a market place, or being in the speaker's corner. Blocking people for merely being constructive is like beating opposition from a demonstration. And deleting your account when the criticism becomes too much is just pathetic. A simple "I am sorry, my mistake" seems to be too much for many today.

Laugh Fan
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh dear. Leapt in with both feet without double checking anything and ends up embarrassed as hell. If we dislike people being so easily offended over things let's not be too offended by her as well, she probably meant well. I agree with you Daria, doesn't hurt to be polite and to ask questions before rushing to judgement.

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank you!

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 years ago

Damn! I've seen a bazillion Asians playing the violin and completely forgot to be offended.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Well next time be sure to lose your shit. Maybe get some tattoos, hipster glasses and a shirt with a virtue signalling slogan on it. Then you'll look just like Dani's avatar and we'll know who to avoid ;-P

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Zanthe
Community Member
4 years ago

"Music is music, it shouldn't have cultural boundaries" !!!!!!!!!!!!

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

"Great artists have no country" - Alfred de Musset

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm tired of people getting offended by ANYTHING. And regarding the "cultural appropriation" thing, I don't know if I'm wrong, but... I don't find it insulting when someone from a different culture shows their admiration for a different culture, as long as it's with respect. I'm mexican, and I wouldn't feel offended if, let's say, someone from Canada learns to dance the Jarabe Tapatío or cooks some damn good Pollo en Mole!

William Teach
Community Member
4 years ago

First we're told about diversity and multiculturalism, then we're told we're not allowed to "appropriate that culture". These are just people who need to take up a hobby or something.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

You're supposed to respectful of their cultures and be inclusive of their cultures and allow them to use whatever part of our culture they want, but you are also supposed to never question their cultures or even publicly acknowledge their cultures (microagression), not do anything yourself that involves their culture, so no sushi for you!

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Stephanie Hutner
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do people look for reasons to get offended? They search for them with every fiber of their being. The most annoying thing is just how ignorant they usually are.

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
4 years ago

Time and again, I notice how it's rarely a member of a certain ethnic group that gets all worked up over someone appropriating their culture...

Guacharaco
Community Member
4 years ago

I am latino and like Rock and Roll... can I please keep playing drums?

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
4 years ago

Makes me happy to see another dumbass butthurt bitch getting bullied off Social Media. Let's do this to all of them, so they stop spreading their disease!

Betty Rubble
Community Member
4 years ago

the new term for this is bullshit VIRTUE SIGNALLING. Check that out too

Thomas Kolev
Community Member
4 years ago

Spreading appreciation for a culture is NOT appropriation! Some people really just want to be offended.

Emma Patterson
Community Member
4 years ago

Ever since I moved to Japan two years ago, I've been confused about cultural appropriation... In the States, a non-Japanese person wearing a kimono would be accused of appropriating Japanese culture. Here in Japan, however, my Japanese friends have no problem with such things--in fact, they encourage it. My Japanese boyfriend has wondered on several occasions why I have yet to wear a kimono and when I tried explaining how it could be appropriation, he didn't understand at all. Perhaps, rather than getting angry on a culture's behalf, we should instead leave it up to each culture to decide what is and isn't cultural appropriation...

GiantSpaceTiger
Community Member
4 years ago

A new account was probably made within minutes. That sort of egotistic person is not able to keep away from self-righteous bleating for any length of time. Even her clothes have to broadcast some smug soundbite.

Ego
Community Member
4 years ago

Why are people screaming "cultural appropriation" about a culture that's not their own anyway?

ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
4 years ago

The guy played beautifully and I must admit, I had a passing thought of whether it was appropriate or not as well. But then I remembered that Sony is a Japanese company and it can't be appropriation if that is who they hired. I didn't know he was a master at that instrument, thats so cool.

Lyria
Community Member
4 years ago

I love Chinese and Japanese food and music - and will not stop that cultural appropriation, just because some idiots believe it's racist!

Karl Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

she is the ideal anti racist spokesperson whilst being racist. why can't a non Asian person enjoy and contribute to an Asian culture.

Asher MYL
Community Member
4 years ago

always the bs of pc and post modernism,mindless generation

Kiahna
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh. My. Gosh. Can people stop being so offended over the TINIEST things? Like jeez, don't you have better things to do with your time than start a whole internet battle over nothing?

Hugo Raible
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn't it cultural appropriation to yell "cultural appropriation" although you have absolutely zero to do with that culture? Hell, that girl seems not even Asian, doesn't know a fuck about the instrument, but still plays the social justice warrior. What a great example of virtue signaling.

Mark Miller
Community Member
4 years ago

Hold that L Dani!!! And the rest of you too!!

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Here we start again... People getting offended for really nothing....

Little Menace
Community Member
4 years ago

Why is it mandatory to have black actors in almost every white role in films [Joan of Arc, The Dark Tower etc] and we are being punished if we don't, but do the same reversed [i,e a white person portraying a person of any other culture] it is cultural appropriation? The Japanese still have their heads screwed on right by not caring about this. The SJW generation has reached it's tipping point and need to be told to 'STFU'.

cc
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not mandatory for black actors to pay white roles. It only happens (occasionally) because there are few roles available for them compared to whites, so they take what they can get. Most roles are given to white people anyway, so why should they play the non-white characters too? All that does is take away one of the few Hollywood opportunities for black/Asian actors.

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Christopher G. Wong
Community Member
4 years ago

These whiners just annoying me the fuck out! I watched that trailer and I love it. And that is one fucking talented artist who can bring much Japanese vibe to the event even though he is not an Asian!

Dara
Community Member
4 years ago

We should just research more before saying anything.

CbusResident
Community Member
4 years ago

The far left looks ridiculous, moralizing and ignorant again? That's a real surprise.

Karl Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

in our modern world we have to learn to live together as one without racism, unless you go by her morals and we should keep to our own cultures

Tyler Duffy
Community Member
4 years ago

Got to love a good SJW fail.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
4 years ago

Hahahha all those ignorants speaking before getting any knowledge... Congratulations on embarassing yourselves publicly (and to be strict: I mean people who accused Sony without knowing who the performer was)

Betty Rubble
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahhhhhhhh hahahahahahahahahahahaha

PeterSpain
Community Member
4 years ago

Your dress is not my goddamn culture

Ann Mohrmann
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes it seems you can't win for losing...she just wanted to bring up the possibility of white-washing (like when ScarJo played an originally Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell) and now she's been shamed off the internet. I think people took this too far. Her heart was in the right place. We (white people) are constantly being reminded to not appropriate other cultures, but when we try and prevent it from happening, then we're also wrong?

Joseph Stewart
Community Member
4 years ago

The game is set in Japan but is an American game. Also the man was very good at playing.

phil blanque
Community Member
4 years ago

"Cultural appropriation" is totally bogus. Culture development is continuous and dynamic. No one owns it. If they did, they would have a copyright and could take legal action. Asian people play the cello or piano....OH NO! Black men wear a suit and tie.....OH NO! United Statesians eat burritos...OH NO! The Chinese play basketball...OH NO! Italians speak English...OH NO! Indians play cricket...OH NO! Wow, it is going to take a long time to clean all this up so that people act right!!!

FuzzyWuzzy
Community Member
4 years ago

*Sighs* Am I the only one who is sick to death of this kind of stuff? I wish they could be fined for trying to start sh!t.

Ignian
Community Member
4 years ago

WE will never achieve global peace and unity, and god forbid calling yourself an earthling or cosmopolitan because of this bullcrap agenda people are having, let people appreciate, and shut the hell up.

Christopher Henson
Community Member
4 years ago

I am offended by arrogant millennial twits who claim to be offended on behalf of people they don't know and about subjects they know even less about.

Michael Misiaszek
Community Member
4 years ago

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. there are those who "want" to be offended and look for things to offend them. it is a sad way to live.

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful comeuppance.

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
4 years ago

Old proverb: Empty Vessels Make The Most Noise. Now I suppose someone somewhere is going to 'Culturally Appropriate' that saying. Ho Hum...

JacekEU
Community Member
4 years ago

2nd news in one email, with interesting things from BP, about americans hating white people, just for being white. You have some serious issues in your country

Paul Dixon
Community Member
4 years ago

The idea also that you have to look Asian to be Asian is also racist and little backward thinking. Hmmm

Sam
Community Member
4 years ago

Cultural appropriation has become the newest catchphrase that says, "WTF has happened to our country??"

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, I guess the South Korean orchestra that makes music from white composers sound like angels singing needs to quit appropriating. I cry from joy every time I hear this orchestra.

Lilly
Community Member
4 years ago

i love posts like this--i used to work with someone of a different culture/race. she was much younger, but we grew to be great friends. the foundation? aside from our work, we were both curious about the others heritage & lifestyle. i miss having someone like her that i could just blurt out an honest question & she would answer it w/o issue. likewise, she would ask me questions as well. we learned a lot about each other, personally & culturally. it was great! everyone should have friends like that.

Alia Ris
Community Member
4 years ago

How about actually talking first to the people from the 'victim' culture?

Alextrónica
Community Member
4 years ago

@Robert Dackes you missed the joke.

Marko Žilić
Community Member
4 years ago

SJWs are pure poison of society. Mind your own fucking business, people! It's one thing to call out injustice in regards to law, and a completely other thing to mindlessly bark at the moon.

Victor Vakaras
Community Member
4 years ago

Twitter is a cancer.

Anthony Cumia
Community Member
4 years ago

Seems it's only white liberals who get offended over this sort of thing.

makenzie stephenson
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do you have to look asian to do asian stuff? What if your family has lived in asia but you don't look asian you look european? How is that fair like at all

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 years ago

We really should stop giving so much publicity to these people. It just encourages other idiots to join in. What is wrong with cultural appropriation anyway? It shows an appreciation of someone's culture besides our own. Something I think this world could do with more of.

frank0ys
Community Member
4 years ago

...The girl who cried "racist" on Twitter. That will be a good children story to make.

WellSea7
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't get it, why can't we just appreciate people, enjoy talent, share skills. cultures, LIFE.. etc... then drop all the labels, seems simply enough, idk why its made so hard :(

Justakid
Community Member
4 years ago

Japanese takes care of people who respect Japanese culture no matter what your ethnicity, nationality, race, gender or whatever. They would say, "oh, Arigatou for loving Japan (^。^)", and they might as well give you a job opportunity like this guy did.

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Dammit. I wanted to hear the music. Forget about all this racist/anti-racist bullshit. Where is the YouTube !... oh a link. There we go. Alright I am happy everyone go back to blathering about a bunch of idiots on the internet and their angry twits tweets. Whatever.

Kiki
Community Member
4 years ago

More white Liberals getting offended on behalf of minorities because apparently they know better than said minorities on what they should be offended by.

Kiki
Community Member
4 years ago

I meant other races. They're only minorities when they are in the U.S. My bad.

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T. Todd Hennig
Community Member
4 years ago

I guess, you speaking English, typing on a computer or phone, wearing jeans with a zipper or a jacket with a zipper and running shoes, eating hamburgers and pizza sipping on pop while on your skateboard makes it ok then?

Soozie Poozie
Community Member
4 years ago

Ridiculous!!! Everyone is offended by everything these days. This was quite innocent and yet people got into an uproar. Can we not just chill the f#*k out already?!! Choose the battles that are worth fighting. THIS is not one of them.

Shane Chang
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi.. I'm a blue-eyed, blond headed Chang... I hope that girl is ok with me taking my husband's name when we married.

Håvard Hovde
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought the end would be that this guy is in fact japanese, only with caucasian features - because not all japanese people have asian features. Which would be to assume that a person born and raised in Japan, but with caucasian parents, is not japanese?

cc
Community Member
4 years ago

A white person born and raised in Japan is called a Japanese foreigner.

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Hannah Tyler
Community Member
4 years ago

Imagine if someone said to a black person "you can't play classical music, classical music was always done by white people." Anyone would think that's outrageous right? If someone loves music, of course they'd wanna explore and be influenced by music from other cultures. I think the only people getting offended by a person who has dedicated their life to this beautiful instrument is white people getting offended by white people on behalf of someone else's culture

Jilltdcatlady
Community Member
4 years ago

Well I guess being a fifth-generation Caucasion American, I have to stop crocheting(because I'm not Dutch, orTunisian, or Bosnian, or Irish, etc,etc.) I just thought it was a cool hobby and I had an awesome talent for a dying art form.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey Dani Jo, please read the bottom line of your shirt again and take it to heart.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Those Japanese, always appropriating their own culture. How dare they!

Anna Mcaffee
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh yei the culture phD's a.k.a. people who think they are. Exacting.

Tom Grosman
Community Member
4 years ago

This is why there’s needs to be a distinction made between cultural appropriation, and cultural misappropriation. It’s all about the respect.

Maria Ofar
Community Member
4 years ago

that is hilarious. simply hilarious.

Meme Mee
Community Member
4 years ago

According to some- it seems as though all the worlds problems are caused by Anglo Saxon men. Ridiculous.

Miklós Nagy
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's see how long this post survives considering that the last one lasted about 10 hours.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

Actual cultural appropriation is akin to plagiarism or sacrilege. If you take something from another culture and claim it as your own culture, or your own invention, that's cultural appropriation (you plagiarized it--it wasn't your own idea). If you take something that has a specific cultural and/or religious meaning and adopt it as a matter of style, ignoring or mocking the original meaning, that's appropriation. An example would be the bindi, a mark or jewel between the eyebrows, significant in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the "third eye". Non-south Asians wearing the mark purely for fashion has been seen by some as very offensive. In the US, wearing stereotyped (frequently quite inaccurate) costumes, complete with war paint, and acting out stereotyped behaviors, usually violent, ignorant or uncouth, is a frequent appropriation of First People (Nativ American) culture.

John Digiorno
Community Member
4 years ago

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I think its good to take other cultures and make them our own. They don't deserve their culture as much as we do.

Pavel Nekoranec
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4 years ago

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Nah, that question was absolutely legitimate, the rest of tweet was just simply too aggressive, making quick assumption. Before someone start accusing someone, it's better to spend couple of minutes on google maybe? Whitewashing is a problem, as well as orientalism and so on. Btw isn't that interesting that when one person of colour or different ethnicity write something like "I'm offended", there is always thousands of white anglo saxons who are offended by it? :D And don't even start with this, uhhh there is culture appropriation of white people as well ... no, it is not that simple, it's like that when there is a march for Black life matters and white people start with "I believe that all life matters ..." ...

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