Put cultural appropriation to work for you!

There is a great deal of talk about cultural appropriation. Yes, i am aware that white, male Presley got rich on woman of color Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog“. But at the same time …

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Image: “over the rainbow” larry bruderer’s delightful Christmas wreaths from the Castro, Scott Richard. By: torbakhopper. Dated: 20 Dec 2016. License: Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0. Source: https://flic.kr/p/Qr78Rw. Last viewed: 26 Dec 2016.

… the phenomenon can also be used as a tool to infuse icons of the dominant discourse with ones own iconic language and so modify and “appropriate” them in ways that serve “us” – in this case creating identity while stripping the original artifact of its religious imagery or even parodying it as in this case in which Dorothy and her companions pastiche Christian nativity scenes. This is high camp!

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