"Cultural appropriation" is a phrase that's come up a lot in 2017 (mostly in the same breath as the Kardashians, ahem). Which makes sense, because when non-marginalized groups of people adopt the clothing, hair, or beauty traditions of another culture (especially a marginalized culture) and capitalize on it, that's a problem. But some people don't get what all the fuss is about, and apparently Paris Jackson is one of these people.
Jackson hit social media to make it pretty clear that she thinks concerns about cultural appropriation are off base, dropping the following series of tweets:
Not to be preachy, but appropriation is a problem because too often people aren't simply paying homage to another culture. Especially white people, the most privileged demo in the USA, who have a pesky habit of adopting beauty traditions of marginalized groups and acting like they're doing something groundbreaking in the process. Interestingly, Katy Perry recently apologized for her own appropriation of Japanese culture, so let's go ahead and let her explain why paying homage can be damaging, even if the intentions are good:
In conclusion: appropriating other people's cultures usually isn't a great look.
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
Your Guide to the Best Affordable Gifts to Scoop Up This Season
Introducing the ultimate holiday cheat sheet.
By Anneliese Henderson
'Sweet Home' Will Return for Its Third and Final Season Very Soon
Fans of the monstrous K-drama won't face another three-year wait.
By Quinci LeGardye
Jennifer Lopez Is Leading the Chunky Sneaker Comeback
Dust off your Balenciaga Triple-S and Nike Air Forces.
By Kaitlin Clapinski
Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'
The 'Modern Family' stars reunited for the 'Pitch Perfect' spinoff series.
By Brooke Knappenberger
The 78 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes of All Time
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Super Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth as a Young Woman
From childhood snapshots to portraits as a young princess, beautiful and rare photos of the late Queen Elizabeth as a young woman.
By Mehera Bonner
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's Relationship: A Timeline
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles has ascended to the throne as king.
By The Editors
Who Is Next in Line for the British Throne, Explained
And yes—Harry and Archie are still in the line of succession.
By Andrea Park
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J. Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez
Who Is Jonathan Owens, Simone Biles's Fiancé and NFL Player?
"The easiest yes!" Simone wrote about the couple's engagement.
By The Editors