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Claudia. 21. NJ. Trying to get my shit together

im usually not one cry “cultural appropriation,” not seriously at least. *unpopular opinion among many “activists”* i don’t think ALL cultural appropriation is bad. i mean, i agree with what it’s supposed to mean, using part of another’s cultural as a joke, as a fetish, disrespecting it, etc. like for example, that model who was Crazy Eyes for halloween. Should she had gone total black face? No, that wasn’t a smart move on her part. (anyways, her black face was really a tan face), but she wasn’t making fun of black people. She wasn’t doing to proclaim her white dominance over people of color. She was literally dressing up as a character from a tits ass show. That’s basically what all those fuckers at comic cons and anime next do. She wasn’t creating this idyllic fantasy of black culture, ignoring the struggles and history of POC. Maybe she does in her regular life, but that isn’t what she was doing when she dressed up as Crazy Eyes. She literally was just dressing up as Crazy Eyes. So with that being said, I just want to explain, I don’t cry cultural appropriation that often. *now to the point* my mom, like many moms, watches a lot of HGTV. And I am in the living room painting I am listening to it because it’s on. And it’s that show that follows Americans as they buy property in other countries. Now if you are an American and want to live some place else, that’s your fucking right, but it was this couple that really irked me. The two women were buying a house in the caribbean. And they kept going on and on how they love the caribbean life, this idea of just living by the beach and having an ocean view and just being lazy, like what? Is that what you think everyone does in the caribbean? Just shoot the fucking shit? Sippin some pina ass coladas by the ocean? Really? And they talked about how they loved going into town and going into local dancing clubs and hanging out with people. Umm, the dancing club they went into was definitely in the resort-y side of that country. Only white faces. I don’t know about you but when I think about people from the Caribbean, I think about brown people.

And so this real estate guy was showing the properties, 2 of them in a very very rich area, and another one in a less glamorous area. The one in the less glamorous area actually was the best depiction of the actual kind of living situations Caribbean people reside in, these two women hated the area. Disgusted is the best reaction I could describe. They kept going on and on about how that house didn’t exude caribbean life. I’m sorry, but I am sure that house is a lot closer to the people of that country than the house they chose, which was, an incredibly expensive beautiful house on a private beach. What. 

What bothers me is that despite all their claims of going after this “caribbean life”, they honestly don’t understand what a caribbean life entails. The entire time they were fetishizing an entire culture, country. I often hate when people use the word “exotic” or “ethnic.” These words are used solely to otherize the things we don’t know or understand. We chose to fetishize the unknown because we are to careless to take a moment and really learn about that unknown. This fetishization is selfish and ignorant. And that is what bothered me about these women. Their completely and total lack of interest in actually pursuing some real knowledge about where they were moving. I’m done now.

Not tagging this because I don’t feel like getting the tumblr hate


fukkkres:

when ur eating dinner at your friends house

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and their parents start arguing

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and you want to ask for the salt

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but the salt is right in between their upcoming divorce

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tensioned:

why does everything close so early on sunday jesus didnt die for this


amybeanhanks:

Dwight K. Schrute as Belsnickel.

amybeanhanks:

Dwight K. Schrute as Belsnickel.


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