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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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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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 27, 2016
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A made-up term by self-proclaimed progressives and liberals from the United States who in reality are closeted racists who perceive other cultures as inferior that need to be protected paternalistically.
Bob publically shamed Alice because she was wearing a poncho. He accused her of cultural appropriation, but her Mexican friends kindly told him to fuck off.
by Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred August 23, 2023
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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 5, 2015
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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 1, 2016
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The notion that its racist and evil for a white person to wear dreads or corn rows. If you happen to be white and think this is hypochrisy as ca 90% of black women make their hair staight and/or use fake hair, you are also evil and racist because culturel appropriation (and racism) only works one way.
If you are white and dont stick to a purely white style, as defined by others and not you, you are abusing other races style aka cultural appropriation, which is racist and evil because you are white and thus have no right to steal other races style.
by BullyBanana May 28, 2017
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