Is cultural appropriation every okay?

  • Shen-yi Chen
  • Erich Halala Matthes
  • Matthew Strohl
  • Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
  • James O. Young
  • Alex King
  • Chris Richards

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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This is a round-table discussion of philosophers of art organised by the web-site "Aesthetics For Birds". 

This edition of Artworld Roundtable appears in collaboration with Chris Richards, the pop music critic for the Washington Post. Over the next several weeks, we’ll present a series of roundtable discussions based on Richards’ “five hardest questions in pop music”: “cultural appropriation, problematic lyricism, selling out, the ethics of posthumous listening, and … separating the art from the artist.” AFB has rounded up several thinkers working in these areas to see what they have to say about each question. Richards has provided AFB with key examples to draw out the problems and complexities of each debate. Up first is cultural appropriation.

Nicki Minaj and Chun Li. Eminem and Iggy Azalea. What counts as cultural appropriation in music, and when is it bad? And is there such a thing as acceptable appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is the crux of the first of “the five hardest questions in pop music”, as described recently in the Washington Post by pop music critic Chris Richards. Below is the guiding question accompanied by a few examples that Richards’ finds particularly salient, followed by our contributors’ responses.

Period22 Aug 2018

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleIs cultural appropriation ever okay?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAesthetics for Birds
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size1453 words
    CountryUnited States
    Date22/08/18
    DescriptionAesthetics for Birds is a blog that aims to bring people working in aesthetics and philosophy of art together with each other, as well as with artists, the artworld, and others in philosophy and the academy. The blog was founded in June 2013 by Christy Mag Uidhir (University of Houston). It is now owned and run by Alex King (University at Buffalo, SUNY).

    This edition of Artworld Roundtable appears in collaboration with Chris Richards, the pop music critic for the Washington Post. Over the next several weeks, we’ll present a series of roundtable discussions based on Richards’ “five hardest questions in pop music”: “cultural appropriation, problematic lyricism, selling out, the ethics of posthumous listening, and … separating the art from the artist.” AFB has rounded up several thinkers working in these areas to see what they have to say about each question. Richards has provided AFB with key examples to draw out the problems and complexities of each debate. Up first is cultural appropriation.

    Contributers
    Elizabeth Burns Coleman, lecturer in communications and media studies, Monash University
    Shen-yi Liao, associate professor of philosophy, University of Puget Sound
    Erich Hatala Matthes, assistant professor of philosophy, Wellesley College
    Alexus McLeod, associate professor, Philosophy and Asian/Asian-American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut
    Matthew Strohl, associate professor of philosophy, University of Montana
    Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, assistant professor of philosophy, Georgetown University
    James O. Young, professor of philosophy, University of Victoria
    Producer/AuthorAlex King
    URLhttps://aestheticsforbirds.com/2018/08/22/artworld-roundtable-is-cultural-appropriation-ever-okay/
    PersonsShen-yi Chen, Erich Halala Matthes, Matthew Strohl, Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, James O. Young, Alex King, Chris Richards

Keywords

  • music
  • hip hop
  • cultural appropriation
  • Aboriginal art
  • aesthetics
  • indigenous rights