As we’re going to talk about cultural appropriation, let’s discuss what the term focuses on. So basically, cultural appropriation takes place when you offend anyone of a particular culture by adorning their clothing.
Sounds truly bizarre, right? Well, that is what happens when you wear a Chinese assemble to prom. No matter how gorgeous it looks, people are going to crawl on their knees to bring you down.
Meet this amazing young lady who is the protagonist in this tale.
— Keziah (@daumkeziah) February 4, 2018
Keziah went to prom wearing a traditional Chinese dress, qipao.
Instead of choosing some usual attire for prom, she chose to wear something different.
People branded her choice of clothing as casual racism.
*Sighs in utter pain*
And so people went on to crush the young lady because their culture cannot be worn to prom.
Calling Keziah out for ignoring the history behind the dress.
Then, there were some who were outright bullying her.
It’s not ‘just a dress’.
The fact the you keep calling it "just a dress" is the problem. It's not just a dress to people who wear it for specific cultural occasions that I and others believe you are infringing upon. But your prom is over so I guess do you
— I look how Paramedic! sounds (@Gr8rBLiving) April 29, 2018
There are not enough words in the dictionary for these people to use in explaining how a culture has been destroyed.
“Ignorance” hunni u wanna show appreciation? Then wear that dress on Chinese new year if you really wanna be respectful not to your high school prom :))
— a m y (@AyeeZeee) April 29, 2018
As I said, there literally are not enough words.
It’s actually not a prom dress, it’s something that is culturally important to Chinese people that a non-chinese person has reduced to simply a prom dress.
— Killa Kynzie (@babyinu1) April 29, 2018
The conversations prompted further arguments among the Twitterati.
Asian? There are well over three billion people in Asia. This dress is Chinese, not Indian, Israeli, Turkish, etc. Are you saying all Asians are the same? That’s a bit worse than a prom dress isn’t it? You should have a look at yourself before fixing the rest of us.
— Jaystarz (@_Jaystarz) April 29, 2018
However, that didn’t mean people didn’t come to Keziah’s rescue.
They were supporting her all and all.
No @jack @TwitterMoments, "people" aren't outraged; a small group of loud impotent pawns who know they have no actual influence in the world feel gratification from the act of BULLYING a beautiful young confident woman. @daumkeziah: they are weak&small. https://t.co/LbgHZXXixI
— Sarah Reynolds (@Sarah__Reynolds) April 30, 2018
Some even shared their own story to add to the pile.
@daumkeziah 10 years ago I wore an authentic Indian sari to my prom…. everyone thought it was awesome and loved the fact I was appreciating other cultures!! These days people choose to be offended….
— Megan Lane (@MegWeston14) May 1, 2018
Telling how sharing cultures is beautiful and should be done more.
My senior prom circa 1996. People need to relax the 90’s are back pic.twitter.com/Nyj0NSYrsb
— Ambar (@ambardilallo) May 1, 2018
Well, that’s true. People are so sensitive to everything these days.
Ignore the haters. I don’t get offended when foreigners come to Japan and dress up as our traditional kimonos. People just want to complain to complain. They’re so sensitive. Ignore them. You looked beautiful and you’re prom should be celebrated. Stay strong & don’t apologize
— Hapa Girl ハパガール (@hapa_girl33) May 1, 2018
However, Keziah explained her side of things.
She was simply showing her love for a foreign culture.
And thankfully, she refused to delete her post.
So what do you guys think? Is she wrong for wearing that dress or is it simply stunning how she wants to share the love with the world?