Lizardo the Ars wrote:
La Déterrée wrote:
Well, there's a problem with that, because elements of the Native American culture that are originally sacred are being vulgarised and cheapened everyday by non-native people who have no understanding of it (as if their culture hadn't been abused nearly enough already).
Please don't be offended by my asking this, but are you Native American?
I can't speak for every single Native American tribe out there, or even every individual Indian. I'm just one girl with an opinion. However, I can honestly say that I don't personally know a single native who would be offended by EA having feathers in her wig. Or even look at it and immediately connect it with Native Americans.
Not offended in the least. First of all, nope, not Native at all, and actually European. /o/
I totally agree with you about EA's wig (I said so in one of my answers) : I really find nothing wrong with it. My point in the answer you quoted was that although, in this particular case, there was nothing to be upset about, you can't just brush off culture appropriation such as this
by saying "Oh, stop being ridiculous, they're just FEATHERS/I mean it as a tribute/I think it's cute". It's just not that easy. (Of course, not being American, I'm not directly involved in that ; but central Europe has been stealing pieces of art and sacred objets from its former colonies during decades, so it's a problem we're not totally strangers to.)
In EA's case, indeed, screaming "OMG CULTURE APPROPRIATION" would just be a very pathetic example of the Politically Correct Dictatorship. But I feel concerned whenever, in a debate concerning an oppressed minority, I hear anyone saying "that's just an unimportant detail". Because usually, details say a lot, and they're NOT unimportant. Hope you get my point.