Is this some sort of phenomenon that I’ve missed out on? Because as far as I’ve ever been aware it seems only to have stemmed from the witches cauldron of internet drama associated with well-known tumblr users that everyone seems to be senselessly fascinated by.
I don’t know where half the people are from that complain about this non-issue, and maybe it’s because I was always a pretty liberal child that grew up in bohemia land but where I’m from, bindis have been sold as fashion accessories ever since I can remember, as have all manner of ethnic goods. I’m pretty sure there’s no fucking PC guideline about only wearing the garments of another culture if you have a blessing, a signature and it’s engraved in stone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s only offensive if you wear it with the intent of causing offence.
I mean jesus, if that offends people so badly, I dread to hear what they think of tacky Ann Summer PVC nun outfits and all the crucifix-print topshop tat on the highstreet at the moment.
If you think that cultural appropriation is a non-issue then you fall somewhere on the continuum of ‘honestly ignorant and in need of education’ to ‘complete asshole’
And once you’ve done that, you won’t have ‘honestly ignorant’ to fall back on.