Having been made newly aware of the horrible crimes being committed by people stealing cultural treasures from other ethnic groups by reading
shitty valuable authors like Yasmin Abdel-Magied, I was duly shocked to watch The Voice tonight and see Alicia Keys wearing this: WTF, right?
Don’t be fooled by the fact that Ms. Keys is only half white (from her Italian, Irish, Scottish mother). Her other half still doesn’t come from anywhere that happened to invent the custom of turban-wearing. Her father is from the Hell’s Kitchen part of NY City. Not exactly Mecca or Punjab. Here’s another from a different event (at right).
Let’s not forget that the cultural appropriation police do not exist solely to prevent Irish people from wearing sombreros and german-descended midwesterners from eating Thai food they don’t deserve. This strange sect of social justice war-making (SJW) supposedly exists to protect ANY cultural heritage from being stolen and used by over-privileged people who are unrelated and undeserving of it.
So, I say, massively-privileged and half-anglo Alicia Keys is wholly undeserving of wearing that goofy-looking turban. Did she just convert to the Sikh religion? Is it her grandmother’s ancestral Hell’s Kitchen sewing club turban? Unlikely. Is it one of her mother’s Italian family heirlooms? Heh. Don’t make me laugh. If anything, it was more likely her Scottish heritage that’s responsible. The Scots have always been innovative and tasteful in their fashion. No lie.
But, it gets worse. Much worse. Do you see the headgear Ms. Keys is wearing to the left here? It’s a Panama hat. That’s right; invented in central America, another place where Alicia Keys from NY City has no claim of any cultural heritage whatsoever. Will the madness never end??? Who will stop this inappropriate cultural headwear theft? I’m sure if you asked anyone attending the Emmys the other night, they’d be quite sure it was Donald Trump’s fault. Why not? But I’m going to blame it on Michelle Obama. She is the First Lady of Fashion, after all. It’s her job, and no doubt many fashion crimes have been committed under her watch. Most of them by her.