Post # 1
I think I’m going to dress as the woman in the Despacito music video, wearing the gold dress in the club, and I want my husband to be Luis Fonsi (but he wants to be Daddy Yankee). But we are white. Is this cultural appropriation? I don’t think that it is because they’re outfits that anyone of any culture might wear, but never can be so sure with the PC culture these days…
Post # 2
Trevor.Philips : Can white people not wear gold dresses?
Post # 3
Unless you were planning on heavily applying bronzer to look more “ethnic,” I think you’re fine. Generally, I think costumes are okay so long as you aren’t changing your skin color or essentially mocking a minority group (think feather headdresses).
Post # 4
bretagne422 : I’m white as snow and staying that way, for sure. I was only planning on a long-haired wig, the dress, and the accessories.
Post # 5
I think that if you’re dressing up as s specific person, it’s fine. It’s only offensive when you dress up like a generic representation of a group of people. I was Frida Kahlo for Halloween a few years ago- to me that’s different that just dressing up like a “Mexican”.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I agree that as long as you’re not doing any kind of blackface / brownface, and you’re dressing up as a specific character/person and not “a Latina”, it’s just fine. Props to you for thinking about it.
Post # 7
I agree that you just stay away from altering your skin color and it should be fine.
ClaudiaKishi : Also agree with this that you are dressing up as a specific person and not a race. I am east Indian and remember the year a friend was “an east Indian person” for Halloween, I thought it was really inconsiderate. But in this case you have a specific person in mind that you are dressing up as.
Post # 8
Trevor.Philips : lol at “the PC culture these days…”
Post # 9
I think there is something to be said for intent, there is a huge difference in putting on a giant hat and serape and running around like Speedy Gonzales and dressing as a specific person or character. One is intended to mock and then other isn’t.
I also think it is important to avoid religious/cultural symbols if you don’t understand them (like feather headdresses, or Bindi etc) as costumes.
But I think dressing up as someone from a music video isn’t a problem.
Post # 10
Dressing up as a specific person is never a problem, so long as you don’t try to darken your skin tone or do something that is obviously sterotypical or offensive.
Also, ditto on what PP said about intent.
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
Trevor.Philips : Nope! As others have said, as long as you’re not doing blackface to make yourself look like another race (this comes off as mocking dark skin) then I’m sure you’ll be fine. I just don’t know if everyone will get the reference. I myself know the song but haven’t seen the music video. I’m black and hubby’s white and if we do dress up, we’ll be Morticia and Gomez Addams. I don’t plan on painting my face white or anything, but between the wig and outfits, I’m sure people would be able to guess.
Post # 12
Cultural appropriation has more to do with dressing up as either a very general different race from yours (think the “Mexican” costumes which are very racist, with the big mustaches and sombreros); or if you a putting on a costume that has a lot of cultural significance that is universally regarded as offensive if someone else uses it inapporpriately (from example, many Mexicans do not like people dressing up as Calaveras for Halloween, because they are to be respected as part of a lreigious holiday, and viewed as happy and fun, as opposed to scary). For the most part, if your costume does not fit into those categories, than it is probably safe.
Post # 13
The PC culture these days- also known as being considerate of others and doing your best not to be disrespectful- seems like a pretty kind and thoughtful way to live life.
Post # 14
This is so interesting to me, as I agree with other PP’s that dressing up like a specific person isn’t appropriation. However, I recently looked up Moana costumes for my son and found that Disney had to pull their Moana and Maui costumes, because people cried appropriation. I was floored…they were costumes of the specific characters….for kids….
Post # 15
whitums : I thought it was just the maui one. And I think it’s because the costume included his skin…like literally putting on his skin tone and tattoos. I believe just the skirt would be acceptable with necklace/oar. I have not seen the moana costume being pulled. Dressing up as the person is okay but the skin stuff isn’t. Like, the skin IS the costume. Plus it offended polynesian people. If someone tells you it is offensive, the correct thing to do is remove it/don’t do it so that is what Disney did.