Supersleuth : I’m hoping you were just trying to lighten the mood and aren’t seriously THAT clueless.
Just like the bee arguing that wearing clothing “culturally appropriated” from the 40’s, your post is a non-sequitur.
The Chinese aren’t the only people who drink tea, therefore, a teapot is not culturally exclusive to them, so this is NOT culturally appropriative.
Im unsure how your kitchen could be German, unless your entire home was in Germany; however, I’m guessing you mean your appliances and perhaps cooking tools were made in Germany. Most cultures create food with the use of appliances and cutlery of all varieties, so this is NOT culturally appropriative.
The production of your television is not specific to the Japanese and your use of it isn’t culturally specific, just like your flowers, tea lights, rugs and whatnot.
Unless your Spanish shoes are avarcas or alpargatas, the production of them in a specific country isn’t culturally appropriative. Nike shoes are made in China – that doesn’t make them Chinese shoes.
Similarly, tiaras aren’t cultural. They indicate “royalty” which is found all over the world and in beauty pageants. There is no culture to appropriate and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who’d put royalty in the “oppressed” category, despite (almost by definition) being considered a minority group.
Dressing as Cleopatra at a party IS arguably appropriative and is likely deemed by many as inappropriate because you (presumably) wore some amalgamation of kohl eyeliner, headdress, linen clothing, elaborate gold jewelry, wrist cuffs, etc. While some of those things are found in other cultures, putting them together as a costume when you are likely unaware of their historical and cultural importance to the Egyptian people IS appropriation.
You cannot culturally appropriate anything from an animal. Animals don’t have culture, they don’t suffer from historically documented and well known subversion by another/equal culture group. I wouldn’t have responded to your comment at all until you included this incredibly dismissive and privileged line. Mocking the serious and often hurtful nature of actual cultural appropriation by saying that wearing a sweater from a goat is the same as an Anglo in blackface or a pre-teen confusing the beautiful garb of the Indian culture as appropriate attire for a wedding is horribly obtuse and offensive.
And for the record, as an American living in Texas and having been raised on a working farm and ranch, I can assure you that you’re welcome to wear cowboy boots. You see, “cowboys” aren’t an oppressed people. If there’s any confusion though, is IS offensive if you wore a pair as part of a costume, ran around with a hayseed in your mouth and spoke in a southern draw using terminology intended specifically to indicate you were racist, unintelligent, interested in sleeping with your cousin, etc. Still not cultural appropriation – more like flat out racism. I’m guessing you wouldn’t go so far as to trivialize that though because you know better. Cultural appropriation should be given the same consideration.