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Blackpink’s Jennie sparks cultural appropriation accusations for sporting cornrows

  • Blackpink member Jennie, 26, has been accused of cultural appropriation for appearing with cornrows in the teaser trailer for HBO’s “The Idol.”
  • The video, which was released on Sunday, briefly shows the K-pop star sporting cornrows while playing the part of a backup dancer.
  • Several eagle-eyed viewers managed to catch a glimpse of her hairstyle and took to Twitter to call her out.
  • Some fans reportedly tried to defend Jennie, suggesting that the hairstyle decision was that of the series' producers and not of the Blackpink member.
  • Meanwhile, others argued that she should be held accountable because she is “not a child.”

Blackpink’s Jennie has been accused of cultural appropriation for appearing with cornrows in the teaser trailer for HBO’s “The Idol.”

The 26-year-old artist can be seen in three short scenes throughout the video, which was released on Sunday. The HBO drama series stars singer The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), who plays a secret cult leader, and actor Lily-Rose Depp, who plays a wannabe pop singer.

Dior sparks appropriation backlash in China for skirt that resembles ancient wraparound garment

  • Fashion label Dior was accused by Chinese state media of cultural appropriation for allegedly basing the design of its recently launched skirt on the Chinese horse-face skirt, a wraparound garment originating from the 10th century Song dynasty.
  • Called the “ma mian qun,” the skirt features pleated fabric on both sides and became popularly worn by women during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
  • “The so-called Dior silhouette is very similar to the Chinese horse-face skirt. When many details are the same, why is it shamelessly called a ‘new design’ and ‘hallmark Dior silhouette’?” an opinion piece from state-run outlet People’s Daily read.
  • A description on Dior’s Hong Kong site described the clothing item as a “flared skirt” with “pleated style” as “a hallmark Dior silhouette, the mid-length skirt is updated with a new elegant and modern variation.”
  • Currently priced at HK$30,000 (approximately $3,820) at the brand’s physical stores in Hong Kong, the Dior skirt has since been marked as “sold out” on the Hong Kong site and taken off the mainland China site.

A Chinese state-run media platform has accused French luxury label Dior of cultural appropriation for allegedly basing the design of its recently launched skirt on a piece of ancient Chinese clothing. 

According to the People’s Daily, the mid-length skirt Dior branded as its “hallmark silhouette” has a striking similarity to the Chinese horse-face skirt, a wraparound garment originating from the 10th century Song dynasty.

YouTuber Emma Chamberlain’s Met Gala necklace, allegedly stolen from Indian royalty, sparks debate

Twitter users expressed divided opinions on popular YouTuber Emma Chamberlain’s Met Gala, Cartier-designed diamond choker, which was allegedly stolen by the British from India. 

The necklace, lent to the vlogger for the event, reportedly disappeared from the Patiala royal treasury around 1948. Prior to that, it had belonged to Indian ruler Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, one of the richest men in the world during his reign from 1900-1938. 

Cucumber kimchi with everything bagel seasoning: TikTokers allege appropriation of Korean food

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  • Oi kimchi (오이 김치) or cucumber kimchi is the latest Korean food trend taking over TikTok, but some Korean American influencers are calling out the way it’s being allegedly appropriated online.
  • “Cultural appropriation in food is admittedly a tricky issue, and some people think it doesn’t even exist,” said chef Joanne Molinaro, also known as the Korean Vegan.
  • TikToker Soogia was among the first to publicly take issue with food and fitness influencer Ainsley Rodriguez after she shared a recipe for cucumber kimchi back in January and swapped gochugaru for chili pepper without mentioning the dish’s Korean origins.

From Korean corndogs and pickled garlic kimchi to dalgona candy popularized by Netflix’s “Squid Game,” a number of Korean-inspired food trends have taken over TikTok this past year. 

The latest trend, oi kimchi (오이 김치) or cucumber kimchi, consists of similar ingredients found in traditional kimchi, such as Korea’s famous gochugaru, but swaps out cabbage for sliced cucumbers.

Korean actor Choo Ja-hyun apologizes for referring to kimchi as Chinese dish pao cai

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  • Korean actor Choo Ja-hyun has apologized after referring to kimchi as pao cai, a Chinese dish, in a video.
  • Choo uploaded the mukbang video on Friday to her Chinese social media page on Xiaohongshu.
  • Many Korean internet users criticized the actor, and the video was deleted shortly after.
  • Choo later explained that she had used the term pao cai as a translation for kimchi but later realized that the correct Chinese translation would have been shin chi.

Korean actor Choo Ja-hyun has delivered an apology after posting a video to her Chinese social media page in which she refers to kimchi as pao cai, a similar Chinese pickled dish. 

Choo uploaded the video, in which she is seen eating a bowl of ramen with kimchi, to the Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu on Friday. When showing the kimchi, the caption within the video referred to the side dish as “pao cai.”

Vogue feature on waste loom products sparks anger over alleged appropriation, ‘white mediocrity’ favoritism

  • Vogue Runway’s feature of T-shirt waste loom products by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francescat Capone created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it was an appropriation of the basahan weaving technique.
  • The claims sparked further online discussion on the racial imbalance in media representation.
  • “The conversation here isn’t just about appropriation, it’s about the fact that the system celebrates white mediocrity yet puts impossible standards for BIPOC to be able to be respected in the same regard,” posted Filipino American designer Jan Vincent Gonzalez.
  • In response to the heavy online criticism, McMahon released an apology on Instagram acknowledging the influence of the Philippines’ basahan weaving technique and explaining her creative inspiration.

Vogue Runway’s feature on T-shirt waste loom products created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francesca Capone has received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it appropriates the basahan weaving technique.   

The product was originally featured in an article by Vogue Fashion News Editor Sarah Spellings on Feb. 3 before being posted four days later to the Vogue Runway Instagram account.

Korean netizens claim China appropriated South Korean traditions in Beijing Olympics opening ceremony

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  • Many South Korean netizens are expressing their disapproval over China’s alleged appropriation of South Korean traditions during the Olympics opening ceremony.
  • While presenting the Chinese flag, a young woman wore clothing that strongly resembled a Korean “hanbok”.
  • Chinese dancers also performed their version of the "pungmul," a traditional Korean folk dance in a segment captioned to imply that the dance originated in China.

China’s Olympics opening ceremony featured hanboks and traditional Korean dances, prompting accusations from South Korean politicians and netizens that China is claiming South Korean traditions as their own.

During China’s opening introduction, several Chinese citizens and military officials presented the flag while wearing a variety of traditional Chinese garments to highlight the ethnic groups throughout China. Among the presenters was a young woman wearing a pink and white hanbok, sparking outrage among South Koreans.

Jamie Oliver reveals he has ‘teams of cultural appropriation specialists’ vet his cookbooks

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  • Jamie Oliver shared in a recent interview that he hires “cultural appropriation specialists” to vet the content in his cookbooks.
  • The celebrity chef and bestselling cookbook author explained that these experts make sure his books do not “offend anyone.”
  • Oliver has been accused of “cultural appropriation” in the past for creating questionable interpretations of traditional recipes.

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he hires “teams of cultural appropriation specialists” for his cookbooks to avoid offending readers. 

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 46-year-old cookbook author said he has experts vetting his recipes before they are published in his books.

Blackpink’s Lisa apologizes over cultural appropriation accusations in video call with fan

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Blackpink member Lisa has been on a roll since her solo debut, but some fans are upset with what they deem as cultural appropriation on the K-pop star’s part. One fan felt it was so important that they took time out of a video call with Lisa to confront her on the issue. 

Not just braids: Lisa has been breaking records with her single “Lalisa,” but many BLINKs, Blackpink’s fanbase, have taken offense to her hairstyle for the cover of her single “Money,” and a fan told her why, according to Sportskeeda

‘Karen, Queen of Congee’ draws backlash over brand ‘improving’ ancient Asian dish for the Western palate


Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The organization says it rejects donations from Breakfast Cure.

A breakfast brand that “improves” congee for the Western palate has stirred controversy over the weekend after Twitter users accused it of cultural appropriation.

Scottish Opera Withdraws British Award Nomination for ‘Nixon in China’ After ‘Yellowface’ Criticism

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Scottish Opera, Scotland’s national opera company, officially withdrew its nomination for a South Bank Sky Arts Award after being criticized for using “yellowface” in its 2020 production of John Adam’s “Nixon in China.”

The criticism: Several advocacy groups and social media users called out Scottish Opera for its portrayal of some of the play’s East Asian characters, South China Morning Post reported.