A way for people, normally white girls from LA, on twitter to take offense for another culture while people from the actual culture normally really don’t give a shit.
Person: My lNative American step-mother used to hang dream catchers on our walls, but she passed away. Is it still appropriate for me to keep it?
Ruby Richardson: Is she from the Ojibwe tribe? Have you studied the history of the Ojibwe people and the dream catcher? If not then it’s not meant for you and it’s cultural appropriation and I don’t care that it was a gift from your deceased stepmother.
by The Baconspiracy June 10, 2020
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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 March 26, 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 March 01, 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 September 04, 2015
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A term used by people who try to make someone feel guilty about their discovery of another culture different than their own. (It's usually used by a white person or a radical sjw doing it to a white person) In general, it has no basis since no human within the human race can truly appropriate another culture. We are all related.
Person 1: Look at your hair! Why do you have braids? That's cultural appropriation.
Person 2: I like it. I think it's cute.

Person 1: So? It's still cultural appropriation.
Person 2: Braids are universal. They belong to several different cultures - just like humans do.
by Made You Think June 23, 2021
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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 September 20, 2015
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Cultural Appropriation is the very real theft of the elements of a minority culture, stolen by the majority, and joined into pop culture, without acknowledging the original creators of that culture. Elements that the original culture are usually made fun of for embracing, but are made trendy by the majority while abusing its significance. Anyone can appropriate culture.
"Do you see Steven with that tribal tattoo? "
"Total cultural appropriation he isn't even native American and he doesn't know what they stand for. He said they just looked cool"
by thatrudeblackgirl May 15, 2016
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