Bonus Round: All the Awesome Tips in My Inbox

July 16, 2010 — 6 Comments
(screen shot from the new N.E.R.D. and Nelly Furtado video)

Welcome to a new Friday feature, where I round-up all the awesome tips I get in my inbox, but don’t have a chance to write full posts about.

Consider it a work-in-progress (I still need a name for it–ideas? let me know!). If anything in here strikes your fancy, and you’d like me to write more about it, post in the comments. Tips with highest number of “votes” will get a full write up!

Ready? Here we go…

  • Actress Erin Cummings has an image of her dressed in a headdress as her Twitter background, and when contacted about it, said the CBS producers liked it and approved it.
  • The Little Marc Jacobs Store in Manhattan uses a Tipi in its window display
  • Taylor Lautner, aka Jacob Black in the Twilight movies, comes to the shocking realization that Natives are just like everyone else! They hang out! They play basketball! Shocking!!
  • Zimbio has an image of Izia (a model)  and fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac at the launch of the new clothing line in Paris, France. Izia is wearing a full warbonnet and feathered dress.
  • Shrinky Dinks (yes they’re still around) is selling a “Wild West Party Pack“–i.e. Cowboys and Indians. Interestingly, the Indians have a range of skin tones, and are shown doing the “modern” activities, but also are all wearing feathers and doing stereotypical activities as well (peace pipes, tom toms, canoeing, etc)

I have more, but I thought this was a good start! Keep the tips coming, and thanks to everyone who contributed.

(Thanks Lici, Peggy, Sarah, Tanis, Liz, Katie, Laurie, Christina, Kannon, Denise, Ben, Mom, Mar, and Lauren)

Adrienne K.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08183686721305419157 Kelly Hogaboom

    Oh, by “tips” I thought you meant people weighing in telling you how you’re “doing it wrong”. Actual sentence I read on a feminist blog last night: “You can try to change people and improve the world, but stop being angry.”

    Thanks for sharing, I will look at these!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02709883498078367644 Stephen Bridenstine

    I watched the N*E*R*D video with Nelly Furtado- I’d like to coin a new phrase to describe this new fashion trend combining the Flintstones, mountain men, Indians, hippies, and homeless people:

    “primitive chic”

    think it will catch on?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06719755856764289612 Maddy

    Wow, just watched the Nelly Furtado video. I’m disappointed, as the lyrics to her song “Powerless” made me think she was aware of the problematic nature of cultural appropriation:

    Paint my face in your magazines
    Make it look whiter than it seems
    Paint me over with your dreams
    Shove away my ethnicity
    Burn every notion that I may have a flame inside to fight
    And say just what is on my mind
    Without offending your might

    [...]

    I saw her face outside today
    Weatherworn, looking all the rage
    They took her passion and her gaze and made a poster
    Now it’s moccasins we sport
    We take the culture and contort
    Perhaps only to distort what we are hiding

    She wrote that song years ago, mind you. It’s a shame to see her essentially doing that very thing now.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14328347379621837240 Anishinaabekwe

    Cultural appropriation needs to stop.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02920122564638437295 Holier than Now The Fashion Blog for Frontrunners

    It’s Holier than Now but many thanks for the link and, of course, for planting the seed for that post with your insights on the hipster headdress

    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04901157820779687718 Adrienne K.

    Thanks everyone!

    @Kelly, I get plenty of those too…but consider them un-blog worthy (most of the time). I love that quote too!

    @Stephen, I googled your new term, apparently the home/garden world has been using it to describe like “Little House on the Prairie” decor, but I think your use is much more appropriate. ha.

    @Maddy, thanks for the lyrics, I hadn’t ever heard that song of hers. I think that may be post-worthy on its own.

    @Anishinaabekwe, as always, I agree. It has become so commonplace and normalized, yet no less hurtful and harmful

    @Holier than Now- haha, I totally didn’t even notice! Thanks! I’ll correct it right now. I have been dealing with so many ppl with the Holier than thou attitude, I think I typed it without even thinking. That’s what I get for being in an Ivy League world. :) Sorry, hope you weren’t offended!