You might think you’ve seen it all on the cultural appropriation file. There’s been no shortage of gender studies campus social justice warriors who get bored and invented causes to get behind, but this one is different for it’s about a global think tank calling for tougher laws to police the scourge in the fashion business.
Yes, apparently, the Centre for International Governance Innovation has published a report entitled, “Curbing Cultural Appropriation in the Fashion Industry,” and they want laws... and they want these laws strictly enforced.
A CTV News item notes that the study’s Canadian author, Brigitte Vezina, says “there is a grey zone between harmful misuse and permissible inspiration,” making it very difficult to assess when something has crossed the line.
Except, while claiming that enforcement of laws is the only way to end cultural appropriation, she inadvertently provides examples showing that the free market is already working just fine.
And, for what it’s worth, the roster of so-called experts at the Waterloo, Ontario-based think tank look about as diverse as the audience at a Garth Brooks concert...
Yet again, this harebrained idea of cultural appropriation policing isn’t really about helping indigenous people the world over, but rather, just another opportunity for white liberals to virtue-signal.