May 07, 2017

“Paleface” artist accused of “cultural genocide” for aboriginal-inspired paintings

David MenziesMission Specialist

Recently, Toronto’s Visions Gallery cancelled a show by local artist Amanda PL after outrage was voiced online about the aboriginal inspired artwork she planned to exhibit. The problem? Amanda is a “paleface” making her appreciation of native art more akin to appropriation. 

The usual suspects made such a fuss that Visions Gallery promptly issued a statement noting the show would not go on due to political correctness.

In fact, Chippewa artist Jay Soule told the CBC:

“What (Amanda PL is) doing is essentially cultural genocide, because she’s taking (Morrisau’s) stories and retelling them, which bastardizes it down the road.”

Yes, apparently she’s the architect of an artistic Holocaust!

For her part, Amanda PL was stunned by both the online backlash and the cancellation of her show saying:

“I think it’s a shame to say that an artist can’t create something because they’re not from that race. That’s like saying any other culture can’t touch something like abstract art unless you’re white.”

She’s got a point. How is it that “cultural appropriation” is now considered so egregious in the first place? Cultural appropriation is as old as human history.

And to build on Amanda PL’s point, has the left really thought about the ramifications of cultural appropriation?

If we accept the idea that if a person of a certain race invents something, then only other members of that particular race are entitled to make use of it, does that mean that non-whites shouldn’t be allowed to drive cars or fly on airplanes or communicate with telephones given that these and so much more are Caucasian constructs?

In other words, be careful what you wish for.

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commented 2017-05-08 13:01:43 -0400
Hyacinth.. that was a great link and here’s a quote from it that should ring true for anybody who questions the NDP or the liberals or anybody else that lives by ideology.
“Indeed, all ideologies are totalitarian because the essence of an ideology (I would note that conservatism correctly understood is not an ideology) is to take some philosophy and say on the basis of this philosophy certain things must be true – such as the whole of the history of our culture is the history of the oppression of women. Since reality contradicts that, reality must be forbidden.”
commented 2017-05-08 13:00:40 -0400
It makes one wonder if they would also cancel an exhibit of Paul Kane’s work. Irish born Canadian from the early 1800’s, his works were incredible native based art…
commented 2017-05-08 12:42:31 -0400
This cultural appropriation garbage is just another variation of the no borders campaign. If these select cultures think they are being protected by this BS, then they are sadly mistaken. This is about wiping out races and making humanity faceless.
commented 2017-05-08 03:38:05 -0400
Bev Doolittle is one of the greatest artists (painter) of native motif work I have ever seen and she is a white girl living in Washington I believe and an American citizen..
I would hate to see great talent stifled and silenced by some insane minority who’s only talent is to cause disruption or chaos who in their best moments
contributes zero to Society.! I fear that this rabbit hole runs so deep that there is no recovery… I believe we are living in the beginning of the end times.!
commented 2017-05-07 23:28:31 -0400
I wonder why appropriation only happens when white people express themselves? Oh right-bigotry.
commented 2017-05-07 23:07:56 -0400
I did not hear the program on CBC, but I suspect the “Morrisau” in Menzies’ item refers to the late Norval Morriseau.
commented 2017-05-07 23:02:37 -0400
I have not seen the term “paleface” for a long time. Does Menzies mean it in the sense that the artist is Caucasian or is rather sheepish-looking about what she had done?

It seems the gallery was given the impression that the artist had Aboriginal background, which would have added to the cache of the exhibit. She misrepresented herself, and that is probably not a good sign in an artist.
commented 2017-05-07 18:00:49 -0400
Terrific advertising for her. This fuss will only help her sales.
Good job complainers.
commented 2017-05-07 17:07:32 -0400
Well it looks like France has chosen cultural/national suicide. Is there still hope for Canada?
commented 2017-05-07 16:57:41 -0400
David you know very well that any of the lefty nonsense only works one way.
It’s sad that the natives have embraced this crap but of course it works so well for them.
Apparently “online outrage” (towards white folks anyway) is now the most feared force in the universe.
commented 2017-05-07 16:48:50 -0400
As a Metis, did my aboriginal ancestors culturally appropriate European spouses or did my European ancestors culturally appropriate aboriginal spouses? Good question! Does that mean that I’m a byproduct of cultural appropriation? If I am, these snowflakes are just going to have to learn to live with it because I have no intention of offing myself. If they follow this cultural appropriation narrative through to it’s logical conclusion, aboriginals would be out on the land with saddle-less horses, hunting game with bows and arrows and spears, and wearing nothing but animal skins and feathers, and living in whatever type of dwelling their ancestors lived in. Also, all blacks would be running around in loin cloths. It is absolutely ludicrous to assume that we can’t learn from each other. If we didn’t, we would have gone extinct millennia ago. My disappointment isn’t so much in SJWs who are pushing this crap, but the bureaucracies and institutions who cave in to them. They should know better.
commented 2017-05-07 16:32:50 -0400
How dare Chippewa artist Jay Soule use our English language to voice his outrage. And this is not the first time he himself has indulged in cultural genocide.
Also known as “Chippewar”, he has in the past appropriated the storylines and characters of Catwoman, Werewolf and Dracula.
From an interview he gave:
Question: Where did the idea come from to mash the two cultures up?
Answer: “I had the idea a few years ago but didn’t really have a clear idea of how I would mash the two up”.
This two-faced fraud is guilty of the very thing that he’s complaining about.
commented 2017-05-07 16:12:02 -0400
“The leftist outrage over “cultural appropriation” is another manufactured problem…it’s ridiculous, and these people have far too much free time. "

Agreed. The left should go back to snorting their pixie dust. No one gives a shite what they think contrary to what they believe.
commented 2017-05-07 15:24:17 -0400
David Menzies, thanks for your report.

Chippewa artist Jay Soule told the CBC:
“What (Amanda PL is) doing is essentially cultural genocide, because she’s taking (Morrisau’s) stories and retelling them, which bastardizes it down the road.”

What nonsense Jay Soule! Being inspired by another person’s work and creating something out of that inspiration is not cultural genocide, no matter what PC theory you have swallowed and regurgitated.

The leftist outrage over “cultural appropriation” is another manufactured problem…it’s ridiculous, and these people have far too much free time.