Appreciation or Appropriation?

Are celebrities appreciating or appropriating these cultures?

There is a fine line that exists between cultural appreciation and appropriation; unfortunately, most celebrities seem to cross it.

Whether it’s Selena Gomez’s strange obsession with the bindi, or Miley Cyrus’s need to seize black dance culture and claim it as her own, celebrities engage in cultural appropriation all the time—most of which the public is unaware.

Musical performances seem to be the primary venue for this, as artists love to use other cultures to make their performances emphasize “escapism and fantasy,” as Iggy Azalea once claimed. We put together some of the most offensive instances of this which really step over the cultural boundaries.

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