By Mike Cronin
One of the latest weapons in the lefticle arsenal is to accuse someone of “cultural appropriation.” Of course, this weapon is used inconsistently and hypocritically. The latest public exhibition of this nonsense comes to us from Utah, where 18-year-old Keziah Daum (shown above) posted photographs of herself and friends in their prom outfits. Ms. Daum was wearing a red dress commonly referred to as a “cheongsam,” or “qipao,” or “Chinese dress.”
We were supposed to be outraged that a white girl from Utah would dare to “appropriate” “traditional” Chinese culture.
There were a few problems. First, Chinese people were not offended. Why would they be? Someone else appreciated a bit of Chinese culture and adopted it. Isn’t that the best way to find common ground between peoples?
Second, I took 30 seconds to Google “history of cheongsam.” Turns out that the design in question became popular in China in the 1920s, but was repressed under Mao, and has made a comeback since his demise. The fashion incorporates traditional Chinese designs and fabrics, but it also incorporates western elements.
That’s right, folks, the idiots hating on MS. Daum for “appropriating” Chinese culture didn’t realize that the bit they think has been stolen actually has a history of Western influence!
Lastly, where were these complainers when certain other white girls wore Chinese dresses, such as:
So it’s OK for celebrities, but not a Utah teen? Hypocrites.