Vanessa Rivera, James Madison University
The popular TikTok star made a public apology video last week, but was it warranted?
Lauren Sung, University of Georgia
The British influencer has elicited accusations of cultural appropriation and fetishization following their statement that they now identify as Korean. Here’s why.
Jael Davis, DePaul University
Don’t let the colorful swimsuits and fruity lotions fool you: Excessive sun or UVA exposure can be a pathway toward racial transgressions.
Aimi Wen, Duke University
Filled with memorable bakes, heartwarming stories and happy endings, the baking show is the perfect break from stressful times.
Imani Benberry, Columbia University
The use of African American Vernacular English has become increasingly popular on social media, but ultimately, it exploits Black expression.
Reem Farhat, Fordham University
Their recent release of offensive products has consumers outraged, but the company’s fast fashion practices and sweatshops hurt much more than feelings.
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
Traditional religious clothing marks brown people as targets of discrimination. Meanwhile, companies and celebrities rebrand these styles as chic and trendy.
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
Celebrities like the Kardashians and companies like H&M are praised for the styles that black people are derided for, then profit off of the publicity caused by the anger.
Nanda Illahi, Okayama University
The YouTuber and television personality could be paving the way for queer women of color, but her repetitive and stereotypical jokes might be too problematic.
Cameron Rapata, Columbia College Chicago
These trends seem fun and harmless, but they’re actually insulting.
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
The freedom of expression that tattoos represent is not universal for all.
Cameron Andersen, New York University
You’d think she would’ve learned after the first few controversies.
Katie Lommen, Saint Louis University
Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to celebrate in college, but it needs to be done right.
Sarah Hoenig, Texas A&M University
Yes, this means you shouldn’t wear a sombrero or a stick-on mustache.
Grace John, Rutgers University
She may be one of the world’s most famous women, but was this too far?
Brandi Loving, St. Mary's University
He might be problematic, but Malone seems to know which buttons he’s pressing.
Kayla Kibbe, Connecticut College
Can country music really ‘cross over,’ or is the latest cultural backflip from ‘Cosmo’ just a newfangled version of appropriation?
August Pritchett, Armstrong State University
In an era of heightened political correctness, the core issue of cultural appropriation has become muddled almost beyond recognition.
D'Ariel Myrick, University of Georgia
You’d think by now that this wouldn’t still be an issue.
Amelia Williams, City College of San Francisco
Coming up with a badass Halloween costume can be hard, but avoiding cultural appropriation is simple.
Samantha Gross, Concordia University Irvine
The phrase superficially appropriates Native American customs. Plus, there’s a way better word to use.
Kara Roberts, University of Texas at Austin and Guest Contributor
Diplo recently announced an Indian tour in February 2016, but if you saw March’s ‘Lean On’ music video, that might not surprise you.
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