I think, that if you participate in the culture respectively, it’s alright. Though I suppose then it wouldn’t be called ‘cultural appropriation.’
For example, I don’t see something wrong with a white person participating in The Day of the Dead, as long as it’s not insulting to the culture.
I think it’s wonderful seeing people participate in other cultures. What kind of people would we be if we hoarded all of our culture to ourselves and didn’t let anyone else participate in it?
My ancestry comes from lots of European countries, but, let’s use the Norwegian part of me for this example. If some non-Norwegian person was going to Norwegian festival, trying to recreate foods, learning dances and the language… I’d be honored! Someone’s so interested in my heritage’s culture that they bothered to do all those things? That would seem pretty cool to me.
Now, here’s the other side of the coin.
I don’t condone people doing things and disrespecting cultures. Wearing dreadlocks or braids (which is fine on its own), then claiming it’s your own and you started a trend, now, that’s not true.
And there’s all those costumes - now, that’s pretty crappy. The shoddily made Native American, Mexican, etc. costumes are pretty culturally insensitive. Another example of that that people don’t usually talk about is Viking costumes… like boi what the hell is that why would a viking woman wear a mini skirt, not only is that IMPRACTICAL for battle, you’re going to be freezing, vikings come from the cold land of scandinavia you dingus. But, uh, most of that stuff can also be applied to the other culturally insensitive costumes.
On the topic of costumes, too, I don’t think that white kids wearing a Moana costume or any other POC Disney/Pixar character costume is racist. It’s not racist when POC kids dress up as Rapunzel or any other white princess, so why is it the other way around? And no, that comparison is not false equivalence.
I went off on a little rant there, but uh, yeah. Those are my opinions.
Respectfully participating in someone’s culture? Yeah, feel free. Don’t be an ass, though (coughs, Jake Paul, coughs).
Stealing something from someone’s culture, disrespecting it, claiming something as your own, etc. That’s a didgeri-don’t.