Instagram : cultural appropriation

Instagram is a social media platform that emphasizes photo and video sharing via its mobile app. You can take, edit, and publish visual content for your followers to interact with thorough likes, comments, and shares. Over the past few years, Instagram has seen exponential growth from one million users in December 2010 to over one billion in 2020. It is a social media platform that most people embrace as a platform to build their brands and also for entertainment.

How  Celebrity behavior on Instagram depict cultural appropriation in society

Cultural appropriation is when a dominant race adopts the culture of a minority. This could include everything from fashion, religion, music or language. On the other hand, it becomes an issue when the dominant race borrows these things without sensitivity to what these cultural symbols represent. Instagram is one of the most used social media platforms by celebrities to depict cultural appropriation. In Hollywood, this has sparked an ongoing debate. That is, artists and celebrities draw the line between what’s to consider a respectful gesture of celebrating other cultures and what’s just  theft or offensive. These celebs are all caught for their artistic or fashion choices. Whether it’s in a music video, at a festival or just on their Instagram’s, celebrities seem to constantly be appropriating cultures. The following is a list of  celebrities who were  guilty of using other cultures for their own gain on Instagram.

Ariana Grande

When Ariana showed off her new tattoo, which was supposed to read “7 Rings,” in Japanese, she’s been getting a lot of pushback from fans who claim she is appropriating Japanese culture. Additionally, They are mostly citing Ari using Japanese characters in multiple ways to promote her song “7 Rings,” and selling merch that match the Japanese phrase , among other things.

Kim Kardashian

Kim has been attacked many times for rocking braids but she just continues to rock them. At BeautyCon LA 2018, she discussed the issue.

  • Katy Perry
  • Kylie Jenner
  • Karlie Kloss
  • Selena Gomez
  • Beyoncé
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Taylor Swift




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