There was a case in the US a few months ago of a Caucasian guy with dreadlocks who was abused and assaulted by an African American women bc she felt his dreadlocks were cultural appropriation - where a dominant culture 'steals' cultural characteristics/fashion/language/art. He argued that in fact dread locks were worn by many cultures, including Anglo ones like the Vikings. He also felt that modern day dreadlocks were actually a Rastafarian characteristic not African.
Around the same time I read about a small business that made baby wraps who copped criticism for using material which had Sugar Skulls on it. Given these are a concept from Mexican (Mayan?) culture many considered it cultural appropriation and wanted the business to donate all money to this culture for stealing the design.
What's your thoughts on cultural appropriation? Valid, ridiculous or somewhere in between depending on context of use?