High-end fashion house Chanel is the latest corporate entity finding itself in hot water with perpetually-offended social justice warriors over their high-priced Chanel-branded boomerang selling for a lofty $1,300 U.S.
Apparently, the Chanel boomerang has trigged the latest cultural appropriation outrage with Aboriginal activist Nayuka Gorrie telling The Guardian:
“Having a luxury brand swoop in, appropriate, sell our technologies and profit from our cultures for an absurd amount of money is ridiculous and hurtful.”
Technologies? At the risk of showing my white privilege, we’re talking about a stick here, not the iPhone.
But, what’s really odd is that boomerangs have been appropriated by other cultures and companies for decades without a a peep of protest uttered from aboriginals down under, yet when Chanel uses it, all hell breaks loose.
Why? Is this just a shakedown of a deep-pocketed company?
In any event, if the new normal is that only Aussie aboriginals can use boomerangs, does the cultural appropriation argument go the other way, too?
Shall we suggest that aboriginals can’t make use of planes, trains and automobiles and other technologies that have enriched our lives because doing so would be appropriating Caucasian culture?
Crikey, be careful what you wish for mates, because just like the boomerang, what goes around, comes around.