"i’ll be speaking with my lawyer" is the adult version of saying "im telling mom"
It’s 1am so I’m sorry for the people who won’t see this. But if you want confidence and don’t know how to get it, a really good way is to be confident in other people. When you walk into Starbucks, think, “damn, that barista’s hair is da bomb!” Or when you go to school, think, “my teacher is rocking that skirt!” When you start seeing everyone as being beautiful, at some point you realize that you’re everyone too.
Not to take my newfound tolerance of Taylor Swift immediately to the next level, but I think this is an important learning moment for Tumblr:
I’ve been seeing a lot of messages going around about the “cultural appropriation” of using twerkers in the Shake It Off video. It’s not. Let me delineate the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural representation.
It’s pretty clear in the Shake It Off video that Taylor is not good at any of these dances. Not twerking, not ballet, not interpretive. She is clearly set apart from all of these dance forms and the cultures they may or may not be a part of. The plot of the video is that she tries to fit in in all these places, but in the end she just needs to shake her white booty in some Keds. She is not taking on the twerking culture as her own. She is not claiming she has an authentic role in it. She is allowing the people who ARE authentically a part of it to demonstrate it and keeping herself separate from it. This is cultural representation and it’s harmless.
Cultural appropriation is when Miley Cyrus claims she - as a rich and famous white girl - has any authentic ownership over twerking or its related culture. It’s when she puts herself as the central focal point of said culture in her video and implies that she is a representative of it, like it’s all about “her and her girls.”
I don’t make this distinction because I think it’s important that Taylor get away with shit and Miley does not. I make it because I’m concerned “cultural appropriation” is becoming a Tumblr buzzword that’s used as an excuse to write an enraged anonymous message about a pop star you don’t like instead of an actual social and pop cultural issue. I’m concerned you’re throwing it out there to get notes.
I’m concerned you keep using that word. But I do not think it means what you think it means.
|interviewer:||this wasn't listed as a required qualification, but you mentioned in your resume several times that you are excellent at memorization?|
|me:||*giggles* oh my gosh, I'm so embarrassed. well, since you asked for a demonstration, *recites 35 consecutive Nicki Minaj verses for the next 20 minutes*|