I think the outrage was justified. I know it seemed like too much, but look at Hey Hey It's Saturday and the girl who had an Africa themed birthday party and had guests, not only in black face, but some dressed in KKK hoods (really, wth does that have to do with Africa?). It keeps happening. That's why people keep cracking it. And the teammate who openly chastised her said she's had to deal with that sort of rubbish again and again throughout her career and growing up.
I don't believe she was entirely unaware. It's just damage control.
Dressing as the KKK is a whole different kettle of fish. You would have to live under a rock to not know what they are, in which case you wouldn't dress as one.
If you were to dress in German attire, that's fine (as long as it isn't relating to the Holocaust because, well, genocide and one of the worst things to have happened in history against the Jewish people, specifically and all that). Not to mention Jewish people still face persecution today and there is still a lot going on in Europe currently, although I'm not familiar with the details at the moment.
Okay, so this is kind of complicated, but I'll try and keep it short.
Dressing in clothing belonging to a specific culture that has a deep significance to the group that owns that clothing or item, takes away the meaning that that clothing or item signifies. For example, the Indian headdress (warbonnets) were given to men who had earned the respect of people in their tribe. Only the most powerful and brave men were allowed to wear them. The feather in the warbonnet was given every time the man did a brave act. It has to be earned. So it's understandable why Native Americans get upset when white people (or anyone not Native American to be honest), slaps in on their head like it's nothing. That compared to how Native Americans are still treated...it's pretty gross.
Basically, when you wear something of cultural significance as a costume, it takes the meaning out if it. Whether a person intends malice or not, it's insensitive. The same concept is applied to Aboriginal people. It's best not to dress as an Aboriginal person because the history is so disturbing, regardless of whether you "respect" the culture or not. Sometimes respect means admiring from a distance. It's all about history and meaning.
Dressing up as a white person, character or celebrity is fine. Because there is no oppression there.
Last edited by hopeful1986; 23-02-2016 at 15:40.
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