Teen's School Costume Brilliantly Shames Cultural Appropriation

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Carol Nisar
This Maryland teen’s out-of-the-box approach to his school’s Culture Day went viral on Twitter, drawing in mostly applause for being so funny.

For Culture Day at Springbrook High School in Maryland, senior Josh Welch decided to dress up as a thief. Why? He explained it’s because white people, like him, are constantly ripping off other cultures, BuzzFeed reported.

On Wednesday, Welsh posted a picture of himself and another student in Culture Day costumes on Twitter with the caption, “dressed like a thief for culture day bc [sic] white people steal everyone else’s culture.”

Wearing a typical robber’s costume of a black t-shirt, black beanie, and black sweatpants, Welch’s message that white people are known to appropriate other cultures resonated with many on Twitter, where his photo rapidly went viral. 

Welch’s self-loathing, but hilarious approach to Culture Day was a light-hearted jab at white culture, which he said garnered mostly positive feedback. But, the 17-year-old told BuzzFeed that he had to repeatedly explain what his costume was to people at school.

Welch explained in an interview with Mashable, “I’ve been taken aback by the criticism, but the positive response has outweighed the negative.”

The high school senior added, “I’m a huge activist against social injustice and was shocked and glad my tweet had such a huge response.”

Welch is such a confident young man, he probably won’t mind if people steal his costume idea for Halloween this year. Meanwhile, thieves everywhere are criticizing his sartorial choice, stating that they don’t always wear black. 

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Banner photo credit: Twitter, @jotswa_welch

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