“The way she sees it, there’s a gender element to such scrutiny. “I really resent the idea that if a woman writes about her feelings, she has too many feelings,” she says. “And I really resent the ‘Be careful, buddy, she’s going to write a song about you’ angle, because it trivialises what I do. It makes it seem like creating art is something you do as a cheap weapon rather than an artistic process. They can say whatever they want about my personal life because I know what my personal life is, and it involves a lot of TV and cats and girlfriends. But I don’t like it when they start to make cheap shots at my songwriting. Because there’s no joke to be made there.”
Taylor Swift (The Guardian, August 2014) (x
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I had somebody a while ago ask for some Shake It Off icons and I apologize I’m so late on them but here you go! Please like if you take any! Also they’re 100x100 which I believe is the new tumblr icon size for those side pop up blog things.
to anon: how about when a person of another ethnicity twerks (not a white person, but not a black person nonetheless), is it still cultural appropriation? does that also mean everyone who does rap/hiphop, which is all over the world now (e.g. indian, swedish, korean hiphop), is a racist since they're taking something from one culture and is profiting from it? when we non-blacks say slangs like "yo" is that cultural appropriation too?
Hmmm an interesting question. It’s really hard to draw the line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, in my opinion. I think it heavily depends on the race and method with which the person adopts the aspect of the other culture. I’ll leave this here for the other anon :)
twerking is cultural appropiation when whites do it. twerking has been popular among black people for yeearsss on top of years and now white people have taken it and now everyone thinks a white people/everyone thing. imagine how that feels to black people. cultural appropiation is racist and offensive and if any white person thinks they can speak on racism (like telling someone their feelings aren't valid) they are wrong and being racist.
To my previous anon: here is another voice answering your question!
Is a white person twerking appropriation? When twerking blew last year, I never really saw it anymore as a black thing, just dancing. So when a white person does it, is that really offensive? I'm a bit scared because if it is, I might have unintentionally done culture appropriation. What about hiphop/rapping?
Hmmm I honestly don’t know. As someone who isn’t black, I feel like I can’t say for sure what is and isn’t appropriation of black culture. I’ve heard black people say that seeing white people in dreadlocks, twerking, rapping, and performing hiphop are all examples of appropriation. I’ve also heard black people say none of those offend them. So it really is a gray area! For me, I think cultural appropriation is clearest and worst when celebrities are doing it for money. I think it’s really great that you’re being conscientious of these things in your own life though, and I would definitely continue this conversation with someone more educated and aware than I am! Haha