Friday, May 04, 2018

Backlash against high school student who wore a Chinese dress to her prom

I feel sorry for the young lady.  She no doubt thought she looked nice -- only to cop abuse.  Bad for her confidence

A HIGH school student has come under fire after posting pictures of herself in her prom dress.

Keziah Daum, from Utah in the United States, posted a series of photos of herself with her friends on the way to her high school prom.

But her decision to wear a qipao — a traditional Chinese outfit dating back to the 17th century — has prompted a wave of criticism online.

The post began making the rounds after another user — Jeremy Lam — retweeted it with the caption “My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress.”

In a series of subsequent tweets, Lam explained that the dress represented “extreme barriers marginalized people within (Chinese) culture have had to overcome”.

“For it to simply be subject to American consumerism and cater to a white audience, is parallel to colonial ideology,” he tweeted.

While his tweets criticising Duam’s decision to wear the dress went viral, users were divided on whether it was an issue.

Some agreed, arguing that it constituted cultural appropriation and was inappropriate.

But others argued that it wasn’t a big deal, saying her choice to wear it was an act of admiration for the culture.



Stan B said...

How did an everyday dress in China and Hong Kong suddenly become a "sacred, cultural icon?" Manufactured outrage and paper-thin sensitivities honed on years of victim mentality, that's how.

Anonymous said...

More Politically Correct nonsense !

Stan B said...

Maybe the complainant is just mad that they couldn't pull off looking that good in a dress like that! ;-)

Anonymous said...

The whole concept of "cultural appropriation" is to decry the exact ways two cultures in contact with each other interact, in that cultures in contact borrow and adapt from each other. It's one of the ways cultures have always evolved and changed, to be railing against it is to be proclaiming your ignorance for all to see.

Bill R. said...

Funny that a guy named Jeremy would cry about HIS culture being appropriated.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lam uses too many multi-syllabic words, and is therefore consigned to the 'who gives a damn what he thinks', SJW bin.

Anonymous said...

If the prog/lefties just absolutely insist on enforcing the rather arbitrary rules of cultural isolation, then, as a white/Christian/heterosexual/married/male, I insist that all the inventions and life improvements created by whites remain the sole, exclusive use of my cultural demographic. No POCs need apply.

Wonder how that will go over?

Use the Name, Luke said...

The young lady's response was great. In essence she told them to get stuffed, she liked the dress, and would wear it again.

One should never apologize for being right, and this young lady did the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wear Indonesian, Malaysian and Indian stuff all the time. Says so right on the label.