North West Got A Head Start On Racism With A Cultural Appropriation-Themed Birthday Party!

Kim Kardashian holding North West with Kanye at first birthday party June 2014If there’s one issue plaguing our nation today, it’s that we’re not able to instill ignorant ideas early enough, which is why I’m thrilled to announce that North West has been given a head start on all that with a cultural appropriation-themed birthday party!

Too many children grow up with a healthy respect of all races and cultures, so thank goodness someone is finally beginning the difficult work of instilling those prejudices at an earlier age! Somebody’s gotta do it, and if I’m being honest, I’m zero percent surprised that it’s the Kardashians.

The family celebrated North’s first birthday this past weekend with a lavish party where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West proudly paraded their newly-pierced daughter through teepees, carnival rides, and stages as her aunt Khloe Kardashian proudly appropriated Native American culture by wearing a headdress. (And if you’re shaky on the theme so far, I get it, it’s confusing. The main theme was Kidchella and the sub-themes were ignorance and money. Kind of like the main theme of Keeping Up With the Kardashians is family and the sub-theme is desperation!)

ANYWAY. People are saying that it doesn’t matter that the theme of North’s party is deeply unsettling to a demographic that’s been historically shit on for centuries, which is SO ACCURATE! As long as you have A. more fun and B. more money than the people you’re upsetting, it’s totally fine to do whatever. Even though the feather headdress (or ‘war bonnet‘)  is a sacred Native American tradition with great spiritual and magical importance, to be worn only ceremonially or by warriors who earned each feather through an act of bravery…if you think it’s fun and cute, you should totes wear it!

And teach young kids to do it too! Because as I always say, any time an opportunity comes along to teach a young person to behave with a lack of respect to other cultures or peoples, ya gotta snag that.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      This whole mess doesn’t surprise me at all. And the KUWTK sub-theme as sadness is so very real.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Hahaha oh nooo just changed it to desperation because I felt like that was more accurate.

      • Alana Vincenza

        Desperation might the better one. Maybe I was thinking of fat Rob when I liked sadness.

    • Olivia Wilson

      North’s eyebrows have been furrowed for this past year because she caught wind of this party plan early on and knew it would be disastrous.

    • Myndee

      I just want to say to the people who I know will comment saying it’s ok, it’s not a big deal we played cowboys and Indians as kids! Yeah, we did a lot of stuff as kids, and it doesn’t mean it’s ok looking back now. People used to throw the N word around “when they were kids” or in 80s movies said racist things like “go eat some Watermelon and shut up” and that doesn’t make it ok. You say stupid stuff, you grow up and realize how stupid it was, and don’t say it again and teach your kids not to say it.

      And I’m really not surprised by anything they do. Anyone remember a few years back Kim was on an international cover of Cosmo and caught shit because it was for a country that slaughtered Armenians, and she was on the cover during the anniversary of the genocide? And she couldn’t give two shits? Yeah, it’s just like that but with a different culture.

      • capoupascap

        Really? I remember her being upset and releasing a statement that said she did not have knowledge that she would be on Turkey Cosmos cover…..I don’t know if that’s true she didn’t know and maybe she only released the statement after she got called out it though.

      • Nbl

        For someone reason I highly doubt Kim knows anything about her cultural past. I’ll bet the entire monetary contents of my wallet ($1.67) that she didn’t even know there was an Armenian genocide

      • Isabelle Rose

        I don’t understand the big deal with the cover thing. I know some May think this is a little too advance for the Kardashians but it’s possible she’s moved on and forgiven the Turks for what they did to her ancestors or didn’t bother to make that connection because the idea has no affect on her life. I don’t think it’s right for people to allow others to do certain things. If someone isn’t offended then great if other people are then fine but don’t act like everyone should be offended because you are or a few other Armenians are.

      • MC12

        Wearing native american headdress is just as bad as using the n word? You’re an idiot.

        I don’t understand how it is offensive to wear native american clothes. They’re not mocking them.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m not mocking Americans by burning the flag or even dropping it on the ground, but it’s still offensive. Things have meaning, even if you don’t understand it.

      • Nbl

        Yes it is! It’s a sign of honor and respect to wear a headdress and when someone who knows nothing about the culture and didn’t earn the right to wear one puts it on like it’s no big deal, they’re mocking the meaning behind it.

      • Raquel

        I’m Cree. Shit like this pisses me off. It is offensive because it reduces us to a caricature – like we aren’t real people.

      • AlbinoWino

        Exactly. It’s like ooh, let’s forget how we murdered millions of native people and forced them onto reservations where they STILL suffer with lower life expectancy, high unemployment, etc. but hey! They came up with these nifty headdresses. Isn’t that FUN?? It makes me want to vomit.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Absolutely.

      • AlbinoWino

        If you’re reducing an entire culture to a object for fun to mock and pretend to be like them without probably knowing anything about them or any members of that group of people then, yes. You are mocking them. Just because you’re ignorant and don’t care about others doesn’t make it any less true. I mean, it’s not like I see Native people running to their defense. There’s a reason for that.

    • Ashie

      Maybe im a bad person but I really don’t get what the big deal is…

    • MC12

      How are they prejudiced? I don’t understand.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Because the Native American headdress is a sacred item, to be handled and worn only ceremonially or by warriors who have earned their feathers through brave acts.

        The same reason you’re to burn a flag — because it has latent meaning to the culture that it represents.

      • Isabelle Rose

        I think that would carry more weight if the one that was being used by Khloe was borrowed/ blessed by a tribe or something. It looks like a phony one bought at a store.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh boy…

      • Isabelle Rose

        Oh boy what? Should people never buy dream catchers because they like what they stand for? Should they never buy a statue of Buddha because they like to decorate their homes with it?

      • FemelleChevalier

        Buddha has a different meaning, if you’ll only check it. It is a religious figure — yes, Buddhism is a religion — that is open to everyone. Plus, the “fat” Buddha is a sign of prosperous living and affluence, thereby making it sort of a “charm” in the house (as my part-Chinese aunts explained it).

        Dream catchers are similar to those marketable products with folklore background that is in NO WAY significant as a ceremonial artifact. In any country across the globe, you’ll find those kind of things being sold to tourists.

        Ceremonial artifacts gained through heroism — such as the headdress — is a different matter. Wearing it willy-nilly trivializes and minimizes the act of gaining it, which is a part of a long-standing tradition among Native Americans. If you’re an outsider and haven’t done anything to deserve it (or have not been given permission by Native Americans), then why are you wearing it?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Because it’s cuuuuuuuute.

      • FemelleChevalier

        Nah. I preferred playing as cowboys.

      • AlbinoWino

        That doesn’t change the fact that they’re essentially ripping off another culture for funsies. I know they are part Armenian. How would they feel if someone ripped off a bunch of Armenian shit and just pretended the Armenian genocide never happened? I know, I’m probably stretching in assuming you know anything about the Armenian genocide.

      • Nbl

        She’s taking a symbol of a people’s heritage (an important one) and using it as a prop. A tool to display herself. The Native Americans have been very nearly wiped out. The government tried to “civilize” them by taking their children and putting them in white schools. A majority of Native tribes practice ancestor worship. To a culture who passes down their history orally, the need to maintain the links to their past is very strong. They are proud of what they have survived. To have someone take a symbol like this and use it so callously, it’s deeply insulting. For some reason people are using headdresses as a trend. It’s not. Only certain people in a tribe can wear one. You have to earn it and earn the respect that comes with it. It’s like someone wearing a Purple Heart when you didn’t earn it.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I think the example of the Purple Heart that @disqus_Jb7jxmdA4p:disqus referenced is very apt. Take a look at that, maybe, and also this Wikipedia article on headdresses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_bonnet

      • Elizabeth Aspen

        You know what? Don’t even wrack your brain over this, It’s just one more thing the authors on this site are using to make themselves feel like saints. It ain’t a Crushable day unless one of the writers gets their panties in a wad over some “racist” controversy they dream up out of nowhere.

      • AlbinoWino

        Yeah. Just who the fuck do they think they are defending people? So annoying!!! Let’s all be cool with everything. Please enlighten us more with your stupid bullshit.

    • Nbl

      I’m completely dumbfounded by attitudes of certain individuals on this board. Saying that people are too “PC” or that they don’t see the big deal. Recognizing the demeaning use of a sacred symbol and calling out people for doing it isn’t politically correct. It’s being a decent person and expanding your horizons and view of the world by looking at a situation through someone else’s eyes. Covering your ears to complaints and ignoring the insult because you’re tired of hearing all this “PC bullshit” does nothing to advance you as a person or society as a whole. If it’s too much effort to try to understand, I pity you. I don’t hate you because it’s just too much damn effort. Take it from someone who has been lucky enough to have traveled extensively and actually live in a completely different culture from my own. The world is an awesome place. Despite the fact that there is always a war somewhere or atrocities occurring, there are so many people across the globe that are great and good. Every single person has a unique culture and history. Things that are important to them which you will never understand. I don’t see why it’s so hard to respect that and not belittle it. I have the worlds ugliest sweatshirt. It’s very 80′s with a large bedazzled dolphin on it. It’s one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. During a get together at my house, a friend had put it on and was walking around laughing and making fun of me for it. I kicked him out of my house. That sweatshirt was my mothers. She bought it because it was so ugly and would wear it on Christmas every year. My mother passed away 4 years ago. After this was explained to him, he apologized and now knows something more about myself and what I hold dear.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Really milking this thing, aren’t you? Desperate.

      • M_G

        It’s amazing how much of a blind eye you are willing to turn to issues like this. It’s not “PC bullshit”. It’s recognizing that other cultures don’t like to be mocked. If you can’t understand that simple concept, then you’re the one with the problem.

    • Napoleon

      It doesn’t come to a surprise that so many people still comfortable with cultural appropriation and racism. I don’t know why it seems to be asking too much for certain individuals to be respectful of one’s culture or heritage. I guess some people simply to be disrespectful without consequence.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I think you nailed it.

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    • TRUTH

      Let’s replace the Native American Headdress with something with sacred value from another race. Anyone race you want. This sacred object is earned with sacrifice and suffering. Not only that, but this race has been completely dehumanized to the point of near extinction at the hands of fellow man. Now let’s throw a party! I don’t know in what universe this is OK!?! Downright SHAMEFUL!! Let’s have a Holocaust party or let’s celebrate the slave trade Kanye. Let me get in costume for you.

    • ZorroIsGod

      amazing how its such an insult to try and understand the values of a powwow…. yet its not like that for religion….. if you explain what feathers mean is it wrong to ban others in use in a powwow…. to understand things is to take part in it….exchange of awareness

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