Pop star Gwen Stefani isn’t afraid of the canceled crowd. In a recent post, the pop superstar defiantly declared “I’m Japanese” and defended her Japanese-inspired style against accusations of cultural appropriation.
“[It] should be okay to be inspired by other cultures because if we’re not allowed to, it divides people, doesn’t it? ” she said Seduce magazine.
But Seduce Journalist Jesa Marie Calaor, who is Asian-American, clearly thought differently, writing that while Stefani meant well, her words have the potential to cause “damage”.
In the interview that became a success – which Seduce prefaced with an alarmist caption claiming “What she said stunned us” – Stefani recounted how she was introduced to Japanese culture by her father, who worked at automaker Yahama for 18 years and traveled between California and Japan.
“It was my Japanese influence,” she said. “And it was a culture so rich in tradition, but so futuristic [with] so much attention to artistry, detail and discipline and it was fascinating to me.
As an adult, she traveled to Tokyo’s Harajuku district to experience it for herself. “I said, ‘My God, I’m Japanese and I didn’t know that. I am, you know.
In the interview, Stefani defended herself against accusations of cultural appropriation for incorporating Japanese influences into her songs, music videos and personal style – particularly during her so-called Harajuku period which included her backup dancers known as the name “Harajuku Girls”.
“Whether [people are] going to criticize me for being a fan of something beautiful and sharing it, so I just think it’s wrong,” she said. “I think it was a great time of creativity…a time of ping-pong between Harajuku culture and American culture.”
She added: “[It] should be okay to be inspired by other cultures because if we’re not allowed to, it divides people, doesn’t it? »
Seduce The magazine said Stefani’s rep contacted the day after the interview, saying reporter Jesa Marie Calaor misunderstood what Stefani was trying to convey. The magazine said it offered Stefani a chance to clarify, but the pop star did not issue a statement or participate in a follow-up interview.
Seduce Journalist Jesa Marie Calaor wrote in the article: “I do not believe that Stefani was trying to be malicious or hurtful by making these statements. But words don’t have to be hostile in intent to potentially cause harm, and my colleague and I left that half-hour unsettled.
This isn’t the first time Stefani has faced the woke cancellation crowd on cultural appropriation charges.
As Breitbart News reported, the singer came under fire last year for her Jamaican-influenced music video for the song “Light My Fire,” featuring rapper Sean Paul.
In the video, Stefani can be seen wearing exposed dreadlocks, wearing a blue and yellow outfit to match the Jamaican flag.
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