electraxheart

within-the-seahorses-belly:

'I wanted the album to be called Sheezus before I had a song with that title. The word inspired the song, and “divas” rhymes with “Sheezus.” I was really working backwards. Then I had to figure out a message. It starts off with me being quite scared about coming back. I'm really a sensitive person, and I take that on. I don't like being compared to other people because I'm quite aware that there are people who are far more talented and have better singing voices than me. I don't like being put in the same category as people because we have the same genitals and boobs. Nobody is going to write “Lily Allen vs. Ed Sheeran.” It just doesn't happen.' (Inspired by x)

armaknee

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behindtheburqa:

armaknee:

behindtheburqa:

armaknee:

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behindtheburqa:

A piece called, “Guess What - All Pop Stars Appropriate Cultures”

Updated 4/22/14 to include more rampant appropriation!

Include all of the K-Pop/J-Pop stars appropriating Western white and black cultures too

Well, many Asian countries have a problem with prejudice towards black people, but Asian people can’t be racist to white people, with racism being just why CA is problematic.

Can’t be racist towards white people ? Yeah go tell that to the white people living in those regions of the world. I think they’re going to tell you otherwise. Most Asian countries do not like anyone who is not from their own culture or even their sub-group within their culture, it’s not just black people, all Asians hate one another considering how awfully they treated one another. How can they not be racist towards whites though is my question considering Asia holds a hell of a lot of institutional power considering China and Japan are/were huge superpowers (two cultures that despise each other) and North Korea scares the shit out of everyone .. Regardless racism doesn’t necessitate a power dynamic.

Racism is a system based on power dynamics, literally.

Yes, many Asian people hold personal prejudice to “others”, but when looking at globalized civilizations and global influence, white people are the most privileged.

It grossly simplifies the issue, but look at it this way - there’s no country in the world that will try to keep white people out based solely on the fact that their skin is white. 

Sweety when it’s institutional that requires power, but racism isn’t necessarily institutional and requiring of power. Asia has had a huge amount of influence throughout history and within modernity and China is slowly changing the cultural landscape, as it’s a current superpower and could at any moment usurp the United States in global power.  There’s no country that keeps any race out based on their identity (well they’ll place them at major disadvantages and yes that includes white people…like rural pockets in south africa [they’re on genocide watch considering white citizens are being slaughtered and mutilated simply for their race…though race relations in africa are a mess], former rhodesia, the middle east, all over Asia etc). Japan for example still allows Koreans despite putting them at a constant disadvantage, Okinawan’s are Japanese themselves but there is constant racism directed to these people. What a disservice to Asian populations that you consider them so disadvantaged and non-influential that you consider their blatant racism nothing more than simple prejudice. The idea that only white’s can act and ‘others’ are acted upon is responsible for much of the racism present within and between these groups to continue. Racism is multi-directional and does not require power. I don’t know where you learned your shit, but stop being so Us-centric and Western-centric. These beliefs do not hold truth outside of our culture and they have not held true in the past either. You also need to realize what we define as white doesn’t hold true outside of our culture either. Racism is often more prevalent in these regions as they are primarily based on singular dominant cultures as compared to immigrant nations - at least immigrant nations are aware of the problem, these regions not so much..watch this video so you can see the racism that is drenched in Japan. I fail to see what being privileged in one region in the world has to do with another region in the world that operates by different systems ??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxnmMrWOj3c

You’re doing a huge disservice to yourself to carry an ego.

We simply have two schools of thought. 

Racism, by definition, is institutional. 

If you didn’t try to dilute the original point - ABOUT WESTERN ARTISTS IN THE WESTERN WORLD APPROPRIATING OTHER CULTURES - we wouldn’t have discussed issues outside of the Western world. 

Have white people faced genocide in South Korea and Japan? Has there been a systematic approach to disenfranchise and push white people into poverty by either of these countries? Has there any been kind of drama that white people have endured and thus they would be shocked or further damaged by seeing Asian people wear clothes of their culture by their oppressors?

The “WELL, PEOPLE IN THE EAST APPROPRIATE DENIM!” argument simply doesn’t work. It’s not the same and comes off as people whining that some people find the appropriation of their clothes, semiotics and culture rude and oppressive. 

Even if denim or “American clothing” was somehow culturally significant to Americans, the comparison still fails when the Western world often forces its own cultures onto the culture of the East and normalizes. Maybe we can talk about it when bindis and hijabs are just so common in America that they’re the new denim.

i meant more so being the extremely successful commercial artist whose success eventually limits just what he or she can do due to public image
prince can be a hermaphrodite nympho sex addict because, well, he’s prince. more structure was expected from mj.
i want her to be more like prince.
pull one Purple Rain-styled comeback and then remain mildly successful for the new decade or two.

i meant more so being the extremely successful commercial artist whose success eventually limits just what he or she can do due to public image

prince can be a hermaphrodite nympho sex addict because, well, he’s prince. more structure was expected from mj.

i want her to be more like prince.

pull one Purple Rain-styled comeback and then remain mildly successful for the new decade or two.