Y’all. I’m back. And I’m just a tad bit annoyed. It’s happening again. The appropriation of Black culture by White mainstream culture. Feels a little like Deja Vu. You know, first there was that whole calling Elvis Presley the creator of Rock and Roll thing, and now this. Appropriation of Black culture has always been a “thing”, but I don’t think it reeeallly started getting on my nerves until now.
I blame Miley Cyrus. The skinny little quasi-woman is twerking all over Hollywood and I’ve had enough. Let me just say this: Black folk have been twerking for YEARS and it was never glorified by mainstream media. (Not that it needs to be glorified in the first place) Then in 2013, Miley caught the twerk bug and it went viral. Suddenly, little white girls and grown ass white women all over the nation were twerking like they were workin. Suddenly, twerking was socially acceptable.
Recently, a few major publications came under fire for their…umm…stupid headlines, in which they blatantly decided to erase history.
LA Times- Cornrows Are the New Hottest Trend
Canadian Talk Show “The Social”-Big Lips Like Kylie Jenner the Newest Beauty Trend
Vogue- We’re Officially In the Era of the Big Booty
I found the Vogue article by Patricia Garcia especially amusing because the big booty trend was essentially attributed to Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. Girl, bye.
But the article I really LOL’d at was the one that claimed Kylie Jenner’s full lips were the “newest beauty trend.” I’m actually laughing as I type this.
Listen. My lips have been big all of my life. I’m 28. Ain’t nothin new about my lips…and I had no idea they had become a “trend.” Boy, am I out of the loop. I just find it odd that a characteristic that has been looked down upon when associated with Black women, is now suddenly the “cool” thing to have.
*Enter Iggy Azalea*
Excuse me sister. I know you’re just trying to get your money, honey, and I ain’t mad at ya. But the fact that you are from AUSTRALIA, and rap like you’re from Southwest Atlanta really gets under my skin. Where’s your accent?
What bothers me even more is the fact that Iggy Azalea will probably go home with the Grammy for best rapper of the year. Can y’all believe that?
I was looking at some articles on the internet the other day and I was slapped in the face with a step by step tutorial of a white woman making what she referred to as “80’s curls.” In fact, she had created Bantu knots, but had chosen not to call them by their name.
Look, I could go on and on…but I would probably run out of space. The point is, I’m tired of the insults. Give Black folk their credit. Don’t take our style, our physical features, our music, etc. and pretend that it was yours all along. We don’t like it. And we aren’t stupid.