(RoyalPatriot.com )- The Woke war against so-called “Cultural Appropriation” took a hit recently from the most unlikely person – singer Gwen Stefani.
In an interview featured in Paper Magazine in May, Stefani defended her “Harajuku girls,” the four Japanese backup dancers who toured with Stefani earlier in her career.
Accusations that the Harajuku girls amounted to cultural appropriation have dogged Stefani throughout her career.
At the time Stefani was appearing with the Harajuku girls, Asian comedienne Margaret Cho wrote a blog post attacking the singer – even going so far as comparing the Japanese schoolgirl uniforms the Harajuku girls wore in Stefani’s performances to blackface from minstrel shows.
Stefani later launched a clothing line inspired by her Harajuku girls.
But Stefani doesn’t see any of this as “cultural appropriation.” Rather, she believes it to be appreciation, telling Paper Magazine that the exchanging of cultures enhances beauty.
Stefani in the past argued that we learn from other cultures, adding that all these PC rules “are just dividing us more and more.”
Stefani’s willingness to defend herself against her critics is a refreshing change from the usual groveling apology most celebrities issue when first confronted with accusations of cultural appropriation.
Last fall, singer Rihanna issued a mea culpa when she was accused of offensive cultural appropriation after a fashion show featuring her lingerie line used music containing sampled Islamic phrases and the words of the Prophet Muhammad.
Rihanna, no doubt through a publicist, issued a statement on Instagram apologizing and claiming any offense was unintentional. She went on to promise never to do anything like that again.
The song Rihanna used was “Doom” by singer Coucou Chloe. So naturally Chloe also had to issue an apology. On Twitter Chloe apologized “deeply” and took full responsibility for not researching the words properly. She also removed the song from all streaming platforms.
In November of 2020, Cardi B got in hot water after posing like the Hindu goddess Durga for a magazine cover shoot. After the backlash, Cardi B released an apology video assuring everyone she didn’t mean to offend anyone’s religion.
In December, 24-year-old actress Florence Pugh acknowledged her “white privilege” and apologized for her “cultural appropriation” for wearing her hair in cornrow braids when she was 18.
In her groveling apology, Pugh claimed her “white fragility” caused her to be defensive over criticism that she was exploiting black culture.