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Someone Called This Girl’s Japanese Tea Party Racist, But Then This Japanese User Stepped In
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Someone Called This Girl’s Japanese Tea Party Racist, But Then This Japanese User Stepped In

A Utah mom inadvertently sparked a fire when she threw a Japanese-themed birthday party for her daughter, Caitlyn, and posted about it on her blog. Tumblr somehow got a hold of it, and some users started dragging the mom for encouraging racism. One commentator, who happened to be Japanese, however, came in to set the record straight, and it was pretty much the mic drop of the century.

The mom in question, who runs a party planning blog called The Gala Gals, is just one of the latest people to enter the fierce modern debate on cultural appropriation, and when it is and isn’t okay. Do you dress up as people from other countries in order to make fun of them? You’re probably a racist. Do you like wearing a kimono because you appreciate its beauty and historical significance to Japan? Go right ahead. A strong argument can be made, after all, that stigmatizing the sharing of cultural elements only creates more distance between us.

Read how this latest Tumblr spat played out below, and let us know what your take on the issue is at the end!

What do you think? Offensive or overblown? Tell us below!

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Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, people getting triggered by a little girl trying to embrace a different culture, what is happening to the world...

troufaki13
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4 years ago

My thoughts exactly. It seems to me that sometimes people are just trying to pick a fight, with their claws out and ready to draw blood. :(

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Daria B
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4 years ago

Ahahaha! Great answer from that Japanese commenter! Good to read some common sense smashing in to destroy all the self-righteous fools. His/her words totally speak my mind. Also, to point out double standards, nobody complaints about the whole world appropriating Scotch skirts. Guess it's because Scotland's in Europe.

Alan O'Brien
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4 years ago

What, in the name of all that's holy, is a "Scotch skirt"? Something that ladies wear when they are drinking whisky? Would you, by any chance be referring to my countries Male National dress, the Scottish Kilt?

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Susanna Vesna
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4 years ago

How unfortunate that instead of using internet to research useful things, people use to vomit their stupidity everywhere. Nowadays, everyone is so butthurt out of nothing. You cant say colour "black" without some over-sensitive bitch getting all worked up about it. I had a similar experience when I once posted a photo of myself wearing a long colourful "gypsy" skirt...I was called racist despite trying to explain that i didnt mean it in a bad way. I mean if I am a racist, that mean i hate the gypsy culture, then why the fuck would I wear a "gypsy skirt" and call it beautiful and pose in it. People need to learn to differentiate the tone of voice & the context before they open their bloody mouth!

Anne Sell
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4 years ago

Yes ! I once wore a gypsy skirt for halloween when I was around 10 years old, and when I got to one house the woman gasped, and exclaimed in joy in a foreign language. She was Roma, and just loved my costume! She gave me like five handfuls of candy, versus one piece for my friends, and I got a huge wonderful hug too.

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Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, people getting triggered by a little girl trying to embrace a different culture, what is happening to the world...

troufaki13
Community Member
4 years ago

My thoughts exactly. It seems to me that sometimes people are just trying to pick a fight, with their claws out and ready to draw blood. :(

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahahaha! Great answer from that Japanese commenter! Good to read some common sense smashing in to destroy all the self-righteous fools. His/her words totally speak my mind. Also, to point out double standards, nobody complaints about the whole world appropriating Scotch skirts. Guess it's because Scotland's in Europe.

Alan O'Brien
Community Member
4 years ago

What, in the name of all that's holy, is a "Scotch skirt"? Something that ladies wear when they are drinking whisky? Would you, by any chance be referring to my countries Male National dress, the Scottish Kilt?

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Susanna Vesna
Community Member
4 years ago

How unfortunate that instead of using internet to research useful things, people use to vomit their stupidity everywhere. Nowadays, everyone is so butthurt out of nothing. You cant say colour "black" without some over-sensitive bitch getting all worked up about it. I had a similar experience when I once posted a photo of myself wearing a long colourful "gypsy" skirt...I was called racist despite trying to explain that i didnt mean it in a bad way. I mean if I am a racist, that mean i hate the gypsy culture, then why the fuck would I wear a "gypsy skirt" and call it beautiful and pose in it. People need to learn to differentiate the tone of voice & the context before they open their bloody mouth!

Anne Sell
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes ! I once wore a gypsy skirt for halloween when I was around 10 years old, and when I got to one house the woman gasped, and exclaimed in joy in a foreign language. She was Roma, and just loved my costume! She gave me like five handfuls of candy, versus one piece for my friends, and I got a huge wonderful hug too.

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