Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

vito_excalibur tipped me off to the Great Cultural Appropriation Debate that happened lately, which I'd missed until she'd posted about it.

I am... shocked and disappointed at some of the responses I've been seeing about this, and from people who really should know better. And what's shocking and disappointing me most is that it seems like people don't seem to realize: If you have problematic stuff going on in your work? And other people call you on it? Saying "You are interrogating this text from the wrong perspective!" is really, really, REALLY not a good defense. If people are pointing out evidence that you need to examine your own issues and blind spots, then the answer is to... you know, actually examine your own issues and blind spots-- and show people that you have before you answer-- rather than getting defensive and saying "I don't have issues! You're just being too [political / PC / thin-skinned / shallow / etc.]!"

(And also? It strikes me that saying "I'm probably displaying my privilege here, but..." is rather uncomfortably like saying "I don't mean to be racist, but..." In other words, it's the point where you really should stop right there.)

(This whole thing also feeds into points I was thinking about making about the casting for the Avatar movie, plus the building fan-storm over Axis Powers Hetalia, but right now, I don't have the words at hand to make any good points.)
Tags: books, fandom, politics
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