Thanks in large part to social media, cancel culture is out of control, with cultural appropriation being one of the charges the PC police loves to raise against targets. Different celebrities have been accused of cultural appropriation, from Coldplay and Beyonce to Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift. The list goes on, and with cancel culture putting the fear of being boycotted and shunned, we’ve seen different celebrities apologizing for one thing or another.
Perhaps emboldened by what has become the PC form of a witch hunt and censorship, and the increasing prominence of Asian celebrities, the cancel culture mob is now going after Asians. Like Golden Globe Best Actress awardee — the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe in any lead actress film category — and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Awkwafina, who has been criticized for her frequent use of a blaccent. Plus as if PC people weren’t already moralizing about cultural appropriation, now it seems many of us are also guilty of language appropriation when we use slang. Because a lot of modern slang is based on African American Vernacular English (AAVE), and language appropriation “erases the influence of black culture“.(more…)