Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?
I already said this on that blogspot post, but then I came over here and got annoyed all over again. I never engage in semi-political discussions, that’s how annoyed I am. But really, this is about a fashion trend, guys. People were just massacred in Norway, and you want to complain about a photo shoot in a small, alternative magazine. How about focusing some of that self-righteous anger towards the world today instead of the world 300 years ago.
I’m an adopted Korean living in Alabama. If you don’t understand how confusing that is culturally, just think about it for a second. As a minority, I do understand that American culture can be insensitive about heritage. I’ve lived in an incredibly racist community (i.e., all of the South) and in an incredibly PC community (i.e., the Northwest). You know what I found? Living in Seattle was the first time I had hate directed towards me personally for my race. Never in my 20 some years of living in the Bible belt did I ever feel that way. It was bizarre. I’ve experienced ignorance. Hell, I’ve dated 2 guys who were only interested in me because of their obsession with Japan. And note: I’m KOREAN. So yeah, I know how it feels. But the point I’m getting to is that tip-toeing around, too scared to offend some sort of subsection, whether based on ethnicity, religion, politics, sexual orientation, etc., is kind of like abstinence. To tell anyone they simply CAN’T do something is an ineffective means of dealing with the issue. You know the governor of TN made it illegal to say “gay”? Who does that serve? It’s just sweeping the issue under the rug. I mean, at the end of the day, we ALL get shit on for one reason or another. Rich, poor, white, black, we’re all humans. So all I’m saying is, educating is one thing. But the “just say no” mentality is simply naive.
Because we are a nation based on individuality. On being who you want, believing what you want, and part of that is being able to say what you want, even if it offends someone else. Yes, people shouldn’t be prejudiced. But, well, whatcha gonna do? Protect everyone from anything? Hey distopian future, I’ll be seein ya soon. Cause I find sermons to be pretty offensive, as an atheist. Doesn’t stop the Jehovah’s Witnesses from knocking on my door. Nor should it. Ultimately, the only thing you can do is shut the door, not wear a headdress, live in whatever fashion fits your philosophical perspective.
But seriously, this whole blog is a little bit offensive to me, but it is your right to have it, and it is my right to avoid it as much as possible. One could argue that you are stereotyping and belittling the “hipster” culture, which like it or not, is a significant cultural movement. No, hipsterism doesn’t have as much history, as much oppression, or anything that can be considered sacred in the religious sense. (Hey, if I take peyote, will you blog about me, too?) But if you are respecting their religious beliefs in the headdress, can’t I have something as important to me? Maybe you don’t understand why it’s important, much like I don’t understand why I’ve been stewing over this blog for the past couple hours, but it doesn’t matter either way. Because it’s not the hipster comments that offend me; it’s that you seem either unwilling or incapable of accepting that there are other perspectives on this issue besides your own. Now how fucking closeminded is that?
Also, in regards to that food post, about Chinese food being Americanized. Sure, it homogenizes Asian cuisine, to an extent. BUT, go over to Japan and order a hamburger or chicken nuggets. Buy a bag of chips at the store. They are going to taste different because the companies behind them are trying to appeal to a specific market. In some ways, you could even say that they are trying to be sensitive to the tastes of a particular region. But to me, again as a Korean woman who grew up in the South, I find food fusion representative of everything that I love about America. It’s the bringing together of different flavors and different cultures, cultures that wouldn’t have been able to influence each other until recently, but they can teach each other about ingredients and techniques that haven’t been explored in traditional American food. How is this a bad thing? Our ability to come together as a community and work towards a common goal, now those are reasons to be happy about the world, about the progression of our society, not angry.
And lastly, for anyone who wants to say that I am self-loathing of my race. Don’t presume to know who I am or where I come from based on 5 paragraphs on a blog. And don’t try and say that it is my “responsibility” to “get in touch” with my heritage. That’s an extremely personal choice. And believing that your way is the only way, well isn’t that how we got in this mess in the first place?
Bolded the first part for emphasis. Honestly, I’ve thought a lot about your post, and I’m actually open to listening….but why did you have to go ahead and throw the “more important shit happening in Norway!” argument my way? that kind of soured it right off the bat.
While I don’t agree with everything, I could at least say I’ve finally received a coherent counterpoint, instead of the cool-kids-in-the-schoolyard trash talk over at Pork. So let’s just leave it at that, and I appreciate it.
As for the hipster thing…well, we’re actually in the midst of finding a better name for this blog.