Thursday, 8 October 2015

APPROPRIATION AND HALLOWEEN

Whilst I was getting ready to post a Sugar Skull tutorial I stumbled across this article:
How Not to Wear a Racist Halloween Costume This Year.
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This made me rethink, and not post this tutorial/look.

Are you thinking tl;dr? Simply put, white privileged people like myself, take other cultures out of their context which can become offensive in some ways. I was not aware that this could cover even the Mexican Day of the Dead, but the more I thought about it, the more aware I became.

It is not fair of me, or anyone else, to take this celebration out of its context - The Day of the Dead becomes 'celebrated' on Halloween, a Pagan, not Mexican tradition. It is not my culture, and I am not respecting it by painting myself in a similar fashion, even if my intent meant no harm.

The article goes on to cover blackface, Native American headdresses, among other culturally specific items and idols. 

This has also made me think about my header, but come back to me on that one..
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Be clever this Halloween and celebrate with originality, but most of all, have fun!


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