May 16, 2017

Left’s diseased thinking spreads: “Cultural appropriation” goes mainstream

Brian LilleyArchive

For some time, I’ve maintained that the bad ideas of the left don’t stay where they originate but spread like a bad infection. 

And so, the concept of cultural appropriation, a ridiculous notion that comes from cultural Marxism, is spreading.

Oxford defines it as:

“A term used to describe the taking over of creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices by one cultural group from another.”

That can include food, art, clothing, all kinds of things.

At first, I laughed and mocked it but then we saw what happened to people like Niki Ashton, the New Democrat MP running for party leader; Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Writer’s Union Magazine; and just this past weekend Jonathan Kay, former National Post writer and editor turned editor of The Walrus.

Watch as I fill you in on what happened to these people.

I’d like to just dismiss this cultural Marxism as insanity, but it’s insanity that costs people jobs and obviously is spreading beyond the nutty confines of academia.

With both the Writer’s Union and The Walrus — left wing publications to be sure — embracing this cultural Marxism, it’s gaining a foothold in the mainstream.

If you thought we were all supposed to embrace multiculturalism and each other’s cultures, think again.

The rules are changing, often at the whim of obscure academic theories that have little impact on the real world.

Until they come and cost you your job.

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commented 2017-05-19 18:38:06 -0400
We should go after the homosexual community for appropriating the rainbow and the word “gay” and give these items a complete new meaning.
commented 2017-05-17 09:40:59 -0400
Cultural Marxism is itself cultural appropriation, transforming our western civilization into its image.
commented 2017-05-16 19:34:27 -0400
Stephen E, thanks for your post. I didn’t know the ancient Greeks invented the tie.
commented 2017-05-16 19:10:32 -0400
Brian: the tie was invented by the ancient Greeks. In theatre all actors were men and performed in the nude. To differentiate the actors who performed as men or women, a red phallus was worn around the neck of the men and became the tie.

As for the rest, its just those self appointed thought police who would never be able to survive close inspection of their own actions.
commented 2017-05-16 18:59:58 -0400
Maurice…LOL, yes I agree. As idiotic as it sounds, it would be fun to watch all the stuttering and stammering. Not so much fun to listen to thou.
commented 2017-05-16 18:44:25 -0400
Sometimes I wonder if I’m the main character in a take-off of “The Truman Show”. The world is getting so ridiculous with these crazy ideas, I think I must be in some sorta Candid Camera type segment just to see my reaction.
The world is becoming just plain weird.
commented 2017-05-16 17:37:32 -0400
The Trudeaus (both JT and Pierre) and Craig Oliver are all guilty of cultural appropriation because they’ve all been canoeing together. None of them have ever apologized for it. I think JT should be confronted in Parliament for this insensitivity, and an apology demanded. Of course, Craig Oliver should be fired for this extremely insensitive breach of political correctness…. or simply because he’s a grotesque buffoon. Seriously, if these gutless cowards don’t stand up to these nincompoop SJW bullies, they deserve what they get. If they would just stand up to them and confront them with logic and common sense, their narrative would collapse like a house of cards.
commented 2017-05-16 17:30:31 -0400
You should understand that cultural appropriation is only applicable for minorities that have or may have suffered in the past under white colonialists. It does not apply to inventions of whites that are used every day by everybody else. It is only a mean to shame whites and put imaginary guilt upon them. It is a psychological warfare against a perceived enemy that is too strong to conquer otherwise: demoralize them, publicly shame them, oblige them to bend down into public excuses, then it is much easier to destroy any values they hold. Since I have a great grand-father that was aboriginal, does this mean I can use a canoe?
commented 2017-05-16 16:38:14 -0400
“Cultural appropriation”, the whole thing is ridiculous!
These fine young cannibals can choke on the bones of their fellow cultural Marxists, as others have said, what comes around, goes around!
commented 2017-05-16 16:28:35 -0400
I agree Brian that mainstream media putting any validity in these cultural policing theories are grossly irresponsible for validating, frankly, demented ideas which are provably creating injustice (if not crimes) as radical zealots take this as a cue to damage people for no reason.

My personal stand on all this cultural nihilism is that if anyone accuses me or slanders me with the defamatory rhetoric of these unhinged zealots, they will be served with suit. By their own cultural guilt/reparation standards, western culture is owed much back royalties and franchise payments from anyone not of western cultural heritage who uses automobiles, planes, rail, heated dwellings, rule of law, human rights, written music – and the list goes on. The modern world owes western culture more than it owes others- including stilted Academics who work in an institution which was invented by Greeks and perfected in medieval Europe = pay the toll to the west please you foamy-mouthed Bolshie bastards.

If this madness keeps up maybe its time to collect.
commented 2017-05-16 16:23:28 -0400
It’s one of the many problems with the victim-hood ideology… the can stomach each other when they are fighting the so-called oppressor, but get them alone and they soon turn on each other according to how they rate on the victim-hood hierarchy, or how far up the totem pole they are (and yes, I said totem pole).
commented 2017-05-16 16:17:50 -0400
This is what happened in the French revolution. After they beheaded the nobility, they became so paranoid that they started beheading each other for not being true to the revolution, on suspicion alone. As long as they’re only hurting themselves, I don’t care.
commented 2017-05-16 15:58:17 -0400
I can’t get too dismayed about Jonathan Kay running into the dictum “what goes around comes around” after what he did to the editorial pages of the National Post…. As for Misao Dean’s goobledeegook musings about “canoes” it all fits, given the lunatic asylum that the University of Victoria has become in recent decades… The hordes of bunnies tunnelling holes around campus have more brains than most of the faculty there…
commented 2017-05-16 15:34:39 -0400
They are getting a taste of their own medicine.

All of these Cultural Marxists, a.k.a SJW, need to experience the same damage they cause on others on themselves too, just so they can experience just how completely asinine their Cultural Marxism really is.
commented 2017-05-16 15:28:33 -0400
Kay. Hoisted on his own petard…by a péteuse in acrylic buckskins.
commented 2017-05-16 15:24:31 -0400
The very fact that the SJW lefties are eating each other alive is a real source of entertainment.

The SJW lefties are like a snake that eats its’ own tail.