Cultural Appropriation At ACL
Austin City Limits is not just a place where people see musical artists. It is also, like most music festivals, a place where people use the weekend to show off their style and try out the latest fashion trends.
It also happens to be a place, again like most festivals, where many cultural accessories and clothing are worn as fashion instead of for their intended cultural purposes. Bindis, kimonos, and cornrows are just a few of the things culturally appropriated things found at the festival.
There are ways to respectfully wear items from other cultures, but flaunting them around a music festival is not the way to do it. Many people whose cultures are frequently used inappropriately find it offensive when people of different cultures use their traditions as fashion statements.
So whether you’re at ACL, a Halloween party or just picking an outfit for the day — try to practice cultural appreciation, not appropriation.
To learn more, read The Daily Texan’s article HERE.