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The ridiculous notion that being of a different culture or race (especially white) means that you are not allowed to adopt things from other cultures. This does nothing but support segregation and hinder progress in the world. All it serves to do is to promote segregation and racism.
"That plain ass white bitch is wearing a bindi! That's classic Cultural Appropriation!"

"Doesn't Osaka in Japan have a bastardized Americanized city? Isn't that Cultural Appropriation?"
"Cultural Appropriation only applies to white people, so that doesn't count."
by garrenn November 25, 2014
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The idiotic conflation of culture with racism. Essentially the absurd belief that the cultural exchange that has served to enrich humanity throughout all of human history is wrong because racists exist.
SJW: OMG, look at that white girl with dreadlocks! That's cultural appropriation!
Sane individual: Eat a bag of dicks.
by Gubless September 10, 2016
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1. a pile of SJW bullshit stating that it's racist to indulge in foreign cultures.
White Guy: Hey, check out my sweet, new dreads.

SJW: Dreadlocks are cultural appropriation, YOU RACIST!
by maso128 May 30, 2016
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taking aspects from a minority culture, for it's aesthetics, without knowing the meaning behind. this is often controversial when the appropriated culture was exploited or oppressed by the person "borrowing". people are often insulted and looked down upon for having these features naturally, when someone else is praised for having them, without being from that culture.
person 1: iggy looking so good with her bindi and sari yasss!!1!
person 2: omg that's cultural appropriation :(
by passionatefeminist23 August 18, 2016
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Cultural appropriation or cultural apartheid is an idea intended to keep the races and cultures pure. Contamination of the dominant culture by external influences must be rejected at all costs. Used extensively by the South African's the idea fell into disrepute until revived by SJW's.
Oh my God! You are doing Yoga, that's Indian culture. You can't be doing that it's cultural appropriation.
by Brassidium July 07, 2016
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Nicki minaj wore a native American headdress at the 2015 vmas nobody bats an eye . Miley wears dreadlocks OMG CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
by princesssparkle 999 October 21, 2015
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The act of taking customs, practices, or traditions from one culture (usually by a member of a dominant culture) to either mock or simplify the meaning or significance of that piece of culture. Also, taking/wearing something from another culture and appreciating it only when it is not on the body of a member of that culture.
Examples/applications of cultural appropriation:

Giuliana Rancic: OMG Kylie Jenner's dreadlocks are so cool and edgy!!
Giuliana Rancic: OMG Zendaya must smell like weed and patchouli.

Any male or female that is NOT Native American wearing a Native American headdress because those headdresses are reserved for MALE elders after a religious ceremony; it's not just a cute hat.

Wearing bindis, dashikis, dreadlocks, saris, kilts, clogs, or any other type of clothing that is not native to your own culture without acknowledging the history these clothes come from or the oppression that some people who wear those clothes have to face because they are different from the majority culture in a specific country.
by epitome_of_grace November 03, 2015
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