For ARMED: In recent days American singer Taylor Swift and music video director Joseph Kahn have come under fire for their representation of ‘Africa’ in Swift’s newest hit video ‘Wildest Dreams’.
Australia, Cultural Appropriation and I
For Aphra Magazine: On November 14th, I got a call from conservative columnist Tim Blair while at dinner with work colleagues.
For ARMED: “Love it or leave it” implies that we must love the land that we came to unconditionally and unreservedly, and should we want change, leaving is the only remedy because that criticism is not welcome here.
Our cultures are not your costumes
For the Sydney Morning Herald: Wednesday’s revocation of the Sydney University staff party’s “Mexican fiesta” theme, as organised by the Vice-Chancellor’s office, has been met with virulent backlash.
Black, White, Asian, Other
For Honi Soit: A few weeks ago I was walking down the street with a close friend when we came across a promotional poster for comedian Gabriel Iglesias on the side of a building. His face stretched across the gluey paper in a glorious display of his buzzcut and trademark handlebar moustache and beard – my friend turned to me and jokingly remarked, “Wow, look at that guy! Could you look anymore Mexican?”